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Missing Children Success Stories

Facebook posting helps police locate missing teen

In August 2014, NCMEC was contacted by officers with Washington law enforcement seeking assistance in locating a missing 17-year-old girl. The teenager had not been seen since leaving her family home in July, but she had phoned her home once to tell her family that she had married an “adult homeless male” and that the two had hitchhiked to Montana and were possibly going to the Dakotas.

NCMEC coordinated closely with police and the family to obtain photos of the missing girl and began distributing her image to different areas in the Northwest.

In late-August, NCMEC received a lead from an individual who learned the teen was missing from a Facebook posting of NCMEC’s poster.  The caller had seen the girl near Coeur d’Alene and believed her to be camping in the Tubbs Hill area.

NCMEC immediately contacted the lead detective on the case.  Within days of receiving the lead, police officials confirmed that based on the lead, the missing girl had been safely located.

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