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National Missing Children’s Day

Local law enforcement breaks down how police deal with these cases
Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 3:04 PM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - A parent’s worst nightmare is a missing child. The nation recognized that on National Missing Children’s Day.

Scottsbluff police said in cases involving missing children officers gather information including clothing, where they were last seen, and when they we’re expected home. Police then do a comprehensive search of the home. If it’s inconclusive the fire department, surrounding law enforcement, and the Community Emergency Response Team join in the effort.

Scottsbluff police said in most reported cases they find children run simply run away. But law enforcement agencies still respond as they would in a missing person’s case. Officers have to set feelings aside and not get attached to these cases.

“We can certainly remember when our children were little and it always causes that emotional bonding I suppose you could say,” said Operations Captain Lance Kite Scottsbluff Police Department. “However, we have a job to do first and we can’t allow those emotions to get in our way of quickly and effectively solving this problem that we’re being presented with.”

Scottsbluff police said they have had 29 juvenile runaway cases so far this year and in all cases the children were ultimately located.

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