How Facebook and Twitter changed missing child searches | The Guardian

Every three minutes a child is reported missing in the UK; across the EU that number rises to one child every two minutes. In the US, the FBI recorded almost 467,000 missing children in 2014, which is close to one reported every minute.

In the US, milk cartons, posters, flyers, meetings and traditional news reports formed the main missing child search channels until 1996, when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed up with local police to develop a warning system that interrupted regular programming on television and radio broadcasts, and highway signs.

The service, Amber Alert, is used only for the most serious of cases, sending out messages via email, text, traffic signs and digital billboards, as well as through Twitter and Facebook.

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MA – Parents desperate to find missing teen | Boston Herald

A Malden family is desperately searching for their 18-year-old son, who vanished two weeks ago while running an errand in Somerville.

Josue Quispe was last seen around 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 by his brother, Angel Quispe, their parents said yesterday through an interpreter.

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Social media another tool for police, missing people | The Sun News The Sun News

Fewer people have gone missing this year than last in Horry County, but the faces of missing people have never been so prominent.

Area police departments routinely use Facebook, Twitter and messaging alert systems to spread information about missing people or runaways in Horry County. Lt. Raul Denis, with Horry County police, said disseminating information through social media helps police find missing or wanted people faster.

“Social media enables us to spread the word further, and it has proved more successful for us finding people,” Denis said. “It generates tips, it works.”

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Authorities seek missing Dumont, NJ woman Mila Kostadinova, 18 | NJ.com

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DUMONT — Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding an 18-year-old Dumont woman who was last seen about two weeks ago, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday.

Mila Kostadinova was spotted in Cresskill wearing pajama pants, a gray sweatshirt and brown Converse shoes early June 2, according to the prosecutor’s office. She is 5-foot-2 and approximately 90 pounds, with a fair complexion, dark brown hair and hazel eyes.

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NJ special unit unites missing people with loved ones – New Jersey Herald

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Each year between 12,000 and 14,000 New Jerseyans are reported missing and, while the outcome may not always be favorable, the vast majority of those people are located.

“Between 98 and 99-percent of those people are located, recovered or identified,” Lt. Louis Andrinopoulos, the head of head of the state police’s Missing Persons and Child Exploitation Unit, told mycentraljersey.com (http://mycj.co/1paR1Kt). “That’s because of officers’ training and their commitment to find these people.”

The Missing Persons Unit, which consists of one civilian analyst and eight troopers, was established by legislation in 1984. It is one of the few law enforcement units in the United States which comprehensively addresses the many facets of the missing persons problem.

The missing persons unit “is the clearinghouse” for the state of New Jersey,” Andrinopoulos said.

“We keep track of all the FBI’s NCIC (National Crime Information Center) entries,” he said. “We are the primary investigating agency for the Amber alerts, international abductions, also known as Hague treaties, and Safe Haven infants that are abandoned. We work with the medical examiner’s offices to try to identify unidentified deceased people.

“We have an idea of who is missing and can query databases to see if there are possible matches,” he said. “We also get involved when a local, county, state or federal agency needs assistance with cases – from a missing child to an unidentified person.”

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Arnold teen back home, but some A-K Valley missing-person cases decades old | TribLIVE

Even with Twitter, Facebook, Amber Alerts and other tools, children and adults continue to disappear.

Some get back home. Others haven’t.

One common scenario is the case of 17-year-old Jaymee Bain of Arnold, who returned home on Friday after she was missing for almost two weeks. The polar opposite is the case of Cherrie Mahan, a Winfield girl who walked off a school bus almost 30 years ago and remains missing.

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