Technology will help in finding missing people

Published 5:31 pm Thursday, June 29, 2006

Picayune Police Dept. Chief Jim Luke, has formalized an agreement with the A Child Is Missing alert program that has led to a high tech method now in place to search locally for missing people.

Upon receipt of a missing person call, Picayune Police will now make their first phone call to a toll free number that rings in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This call, answered 24/7, 365 days a year by a technician at A Child is Missing, initiates a rapid process of information gathering and sophisticated mapping systems which expedites thousands of phone calls within minutes with a customized recorded message detailing the missing persons description and last known whereabouts. The message will also include a Picayune Police Department phone number to be called by anyone who has information regarding the location of the missing person.

A Child Is Missing is a nationwide non-profit organization, which helps law enforcement agencies locate missing children, missing elderly (often suffering from Alzheimer’s), college students, and missing persons who are mentally or physically challenged. A Child is Missing utilizes sophisticated computer mapping systems and trained technicians with the capacity to place thousands of customized-message phone calls in minutes to residents and businesses in the area where someone has gone missing. To date the efforts of A Child Is Missing have been credited with 155 safe recoveries. For more information visit

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“This is just another effort by our department to protect children and missing elderly citizens in our community,” Luke said.