BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- There are more than 250 missing children and teenagers reported missing in Arkansas as of Monday, May 1.
According to the Arkansas Crime Information Center of the 255 missing juveniles – 188 are between the ages of 16 and 18, 56 are between the ages of 13 and 15, and 10 are children age 12 and younger.
The statistics nationwide are even more devastating with 460,699 children reported missing in 2015 and 465,676 reported missing in 2016.
This month the Benton Police Department is working with ACIC and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the relentless pursuit to find missing children, and to provide tips and information to the public to prevent more children from being reported missing. “We believe that being proactive in this initiative is equally important as finding currently missing children,” said Benton Police Chief Kirk Lane.
“If law enforcement and the public work together by sharing information, that is the essential step to returning children to their homes and capturing the suspects involved in abducting children.”
BNPD officers and staff are participating in the Rock One Sock campaign with “footsies” photographs.
“The Rock One Sock campaign is a simple way to show your support for missing children and their families. We know missing children’s issues do not affect every household, but through Rock One Sock, everyone can show they care.”- National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
THV11 is also participating in the “Rock One Sock” campaign and we would like you to join us! All you do is wear one sock and take a picture or video. Then share it with us on our THV11 Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram. Use the hashtag #BeOn11 as well as #RockOneSock. Or you can email them to email@example.com.
During the May initiative, the BNPD will also post on social media pages pictures and information of missing children, information about the Morgan Nick Amber Alerts, information about child safety apps for Apple and Android devices, cyber security tips, and tips for parents including essential information to keep up-to-date on children.
“Immediately making identification information available to the public has proven effective in helping to locate missing children.” Arkansas Crime Information Center. To report information about missing children, immediately call 911 or contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS. You can also send an anonymous crime tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can be reached at 1-800-The-Lost (1-800-843-5678) or www.missingkids.org.