San Diego County Unveils Child Abduction Web Site

In an effort to fight child abductions, the San Diego County, Calif., district attorney's office has launched a World Wide Web site that includes photos and other information on missing children from the office's longest-running cases.

The site, www.co.san-diego.ca.us/cnty/cntydepts/safety/da/abduction/index.html, went live Nov. 17 and includes vital statistics of the missing children, as well as information on the suspected kidnapper and possible locations. Contact information is listed for the investigator assigned to the case.

The department decided to launch the site after one of its cases was solved through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Web site, which featured some San Diego children and helped locate siblings who had been missing for more than two years, said spokeswoman Gayle Falkenphal.

"After two and a half years, we had exhausted every option on the case and had no idea where the children were," she said. A Texas-based lawyer recognized the children on the NCMEC site and notified San Diego authorities, who returned the kids to their rightful guardian within a few days, she said.

Falkenphal said the DA's office hopes the site will raise awareness about child abductions and be used as a tool to help authorities locate more missing children.

"We hope lightning strikes again, and if it works even once, it would be worth it," she said. The office's most difficult cases, those that have been open for more than three months, will be featured on the site, Falkenphal said.

Featured

  • Acquisition
    Shutterstock ID 169474442 By Maxx-Studio

    The growing importance of GWACs

    One of the government's most popular methods for buying emerging technologies and critical IT services faces significant challenges in an ever-changing marketplace

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image 1658927440 By Deliris masks in office coronavirus covid19

    White House orders federal contractors vaccinated by Dec. 8

    New COVID-19 guidance directs federal contractors and subcontractors to make sure their employees are vaccinated — the latest in a series of new vaccine requirements the White House has been rolling out in recent weeks.

Stay Connected