Child abduction response training coming to North Iowa

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OSAGE, IA – When a child is goes missing it’s up to emergency responders’ and the community to act quickly… and soon local teams will have the chance to learn how to prevent and react during those times.

It’s situations like the kidnapping and murders of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook from more than a year ago, that hit far too close to home.

Coming up Wednesday, August 14, law enforcement and the public will hear a moving personal story from Derek VanLuchene, a man who’s 8-year-old brother was kidnapped and murdered by a repeat sex-offender when they were kids.

Event organizers say the story may be hard to listen to, but it’s one everyone needs to hear.

Mitchell/Worth County E.M.A Coordinator, Ray Huftalin said, “Children are being abducted, there’s more violence, things like this and we don’t know when it’s going to happen or where, but we need to be on the lookout for things, because times have changed.”

That presentation is open to the public. It’ll begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Cedar River Complex in Osage.

We’ll have a one-on-one interview with Derek next Wednesday.

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