Posted at: 08/14/2013 7:01 PM
By: Justin Thompson-Gee
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Did you know that 800,000 children are reported missing every year?
It’s an alarmingly high number that law enforcement, emergency managers and community members in north Iowa are hoping to lower Wednesday in Osage.
“We’re here to try and improve our response to missing children and sexually exploited children,” says Greg Beaver, sheriff of Mitchell County.
Ray Huftalin, the emergency manager for Worth and Mitchell counties brought Derek VanLuchene the president and founder of Ryan United to speak to the crowd.
“The more resources they have available at their fingertips to react in case a child goes missing the better off that child will be,” says VanLuchene.
Wednesday’s seminar comes just months after two Dayton, IA girls were abducted and a few weeks after changes were made to Iowa’s amber alert protocol, a system that VanLuchene says has been responsible for the safe recovery of 650 kids.
Unfortunately, it is rare to find a community that has not been touched by a missing child, but after Wednesday’s seminar north Iowa is, at the very least, better prepared than before.