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FBI child ID app could locate missing children faster

Should your child go missing while on vacation or at the mall, all you have to do is launch the app, enter an email address and hit send.
Michelle Clark is a proud mother of two boys. Her daily routine is to get up, get her two sons ready, and then take them to school.

But today, something is going to happen to one of her children.

She knows something is going to happen, but she doesn't what's going to happen or when.

"Here's the deal. I'm going to tell Michelle one of her kids has been reported missing,” FOX16’s Kevin Kelly said. “Don't worry - everyone is fine. The goal is to see how long it takes for her to gather critical information for law enforcement that they need in order to track down that missing child."

Helping us out is Deputy Andrew Thompson with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

As we wait around the corner, Michelle returns home – and that's when we move in.

Again, this is just a demonstration.

At this point - the clock is ticking. Deputy Thompson steps in and then begins firing off a series of vital questions, just like the real deal.

“What's his date of birth?”

“His height, weight?”

“Hair color, eye color?”

“What was he last wearing?”

Our stopwatch continues to roll, right along with the series of questions.

“Where did you drop him off at?”

“Any adults around?”

After two and half minutes pass, Deputy Thompson stops the interview.

But he's not done - there is more paperwork to fill out, including collecting photos of her son, possible fingerprints and DNA samples, which brings our total running time to nearly 13 minutes from start to finish.

But what if all that information could be handed over to authorities in just seconds?

That's where this comes in - it's the FBI's first ever child ID app. The mobile app electronically stores vital information on your children, such as photos, height, weight and other identifying characteristics such as scars.

It also includes information on what to do during the first 24 hours a child is missing and the second 24 hours.

Should your child go missing while on vacation or at the mall, all you have to do is launch the app, enter an email address and hit send. Once you do that, your child's information is automatically sent to local law enforcement. Your police department can take that electronically and send it to every patrol car that has a communication link, an internet link. Everybody would have that photo within seconds.

Saving critical time and speeding up the search, all thanks to a free and valuable device that Michelle plans on getting.

"Just to make that process that much quicker,” Michelle said. “Cause you're going to want someone to find your child."

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