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KIMT NEWS 3 — An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States.
May 25 is National Missing Children’s Day, and now Governor Mark Dayton is proclaiming it as Missing Children’s Day in Minnesota.
It is a time to honor the children who have not come home and also those who work tirelessly to find them.
“When children go missing, it affects the whole community, not just one family. The ripples go out all through the school and the community as a whole. If the kids aren’t recovered quickly, it’s something that scars the entire family and community for a long time to come,” said Lt. Darren Hanson of the Albert Lea Police Department.
Law enforcement officials do not take a missing child as a joke.
“That would become the number one case that we’re working on. All of our available resources would be applied to that. If the criteria fits we’d do an Amber Alert. Amber Alert is a very good program; it gets the information out to the public quickly,” Hanson said.
He said it is very important to report a missing child within the first three hours. He said the longer you wait, the larger the search area gets.