Traditional, social both resources used by police
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MOUNT VERNON — Police seek help from the public, traditional media and social media when locating missing persons, though public perception of how the investigations proceed are often misunderstood.
Local law enforcement have added social media and the Knox Alerts system to the resources they use when investigating missing person cases. Amber Alerts are issued for abducted children, and missing adults can be listed through the Department of Public Safety’s Missing Adult Alert.
On the side of what is being done to find a missing person, “television and movies can give people unrealistic views about the resources and capabilities in locating people,” Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer told the News.
Through media, social media and alerts, the public is informed to gather more information and garner reports of sightings of missing persons or suspects.
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