Spotting a Missing Child

By: Lori Dougovito Email
By: Lori Dougovito Email

Do you pay attention to the missing kid flyers or postcards you get in the mail? Do you ever see a sign on a light post? Would you notice if a child on a flyer was right in front of you?

We wanted to know. So, we took a picture of an eight year old girl, put it on two posters and put them up in downtown Lansing. One directly behind the bench she was sitting on, the other just a few feet away.

The 13th and 14th people to walk by finally put it all together. Jessica Foster and her mom Carolyn were walking across the street and noticed our girl. Jessica stopped her mom and told her to look.

Jonathan Rossman noticed next. When we asked him about it he said it was just obvious.

Lindie Henry, a grandmother of seven, was our fourth and final person to notice. Henry says she would have approached the girl if we hadn't stopped her first.

Experts say it's up to you to decide if you want to approach a child you believe is missing. At the very least, they ask you call 911 and take in as much information about the situation as you can.

Statistics from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children show one out of every six missing kids is recovered as a direct result of their "Picture Them Home" campaign.


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