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Mobile technology helps in missing child search

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Stephanie Williams is the mother of a 10 year-old. She approves of the new instant mobile alerts that help speed up the process of tracking down a lost child.

"That will put people on alert again to see what they can do to help there are good Samaritan out there that are willing to help save the life of a child," Williams said.

In less than 24 hours reports of two missing children sent Amber Alerts across the state. Virginia State Police say that's a good thing. The more tips they get the better.

"Getting that information out there is critical every second counts when you have an abducted child that is in immanent danger," Corrine Gellar with Virginia State Police said.

In February, Virginia State Police introduced this new mobile technology that helped locate a missing child in less than an hour.

"Within about 15 minutes we had about 20 or so calls coming in about the suspect vehicle on the Eastern Shore and it definitely expedited the process of us being able to locate the young girl," Gellar said.

State police say that this new mobile technology isn't the only way they are reaching out to the public for help. They are also using social media.

"We have a Virginia State Police Facebook Page as soon as we know that alert has been activated we are able to push it out we have more than 52 thousand folks following the state police Facebook Page," Gellar said.

Stephanie Williams says she will keep her eyes out for Amber Alerts because the more eyes on the information the better.

"There are good Samaritan out there that are willing to help save the life of a child," Williams said.

We were told that there was a delay issue when the alerts were sent out for a missing child at the beginning of this year. State police is working to fix that problem so that the alerts are sent out on time.

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