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Facebook is filled with pleas for help in finding missing children

Post by FystyAngel on Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:25 am

Facebook is filled with pleas for help in finding missing children

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Tuesday, September 28,2010

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It used to be that if a child went missing, his or her image would be posted on telephone poles, neighborhood gathering places and parking lots.

But now, people are using Facebook — the social-networking website that connects millions through photos and commentary — as a tool in the search for their missing loved ones.

"One of six children is located because someone recognizes them in a photograph," said John Shehan of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Virginia. "But with more than 500 million active users on Facebook, that statistic is greatly enhanced when someone creates a page for a missing child."

Tara Yunker disappeared from her New Smyrna Beach, Fla., home Sept. 3, and Melbourne, Fla., police found her days later after friends launched a Facebook page for the 16-year-old.

Nadia Bloom, the 11-year-old who disappeared into an alligator-infested area of Winter Springs, Fla., in April, also was recovered a few days after her family created a Facebook page for the little girl.


Read more: http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-3447-facebook-is-filled-with-pleas-for-help-in-finding-missing-children.html

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