Hundreds of children go missing everyday in Florida. When this happens, law enforcement need all the help it can get, and every detail helps
If pictures are worth a thousand words, then what does a video say? A lot. That's why Mason Lodge #123 spearheads a children's video identification program.
Rhonda Gregory says, "I see no reason why any parent wouldn't want it done. They'd have something that if anything happens that they can turn in and let everybody know what their child looks like and acts like."
The video starts with the child stating their name and age, then answering a series of questions like what is your nickname? Who are your best friends and where do you like to go with them?
Darell Upshaw of the Taylor County Sheriff's Office says, “Maybe that might lead us to that kid. Maybe the kid is out at his favorite place. He may be at the park and just forgot about what time it is."
The child turns in a circle for a view from all angles and is videotaped walking toward and away from the camera, getting a front and back profile.
Charles Sanders, chairman of the District 8 ID Program, says, "Maybe some peculiarity about how he might walk. It might give someone a clue that this is the child that might be missing."
The child's height is measured. They're even asked to write their name, which gives a writing sample and shows which hand they write with.
Sanders says these details can make all the difference in getting missing children home safely. The child's fingerprints are also included with the videotape.
The program is free; supplies and volunteer hours are donated by organizations and citizens.