Alert System Notifies Residents of Missing Child

The Houston County Sheriffs office recently implemented a new program to help find missing children. It's called the Child is Missing Alert.

Automated phone calls are made with the description of a missing child to every land line within a certain distance.

The headquarters, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida can make 1,000 calls every minute.

Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes says this program doesn't replace the amber alert system.

It just gives greater opportunity to find missing children.

“In the streets or in the woods where ever the case may be , all the residents within that area will be given a phone alert with the description of the child asking them to communicate with law enforcement and provide us with information that we can use to recover that child,” says Hughes

To date, there's been more than 340 assisted recoveries of children with this program...average recovery time is 90 minutes.

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