Phone app available for missing children cases

DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – More than a dozen people are currently listed as “missing” in our area. It’s a sobering number especially when some of them have been missing for years, like Brittney Wood.

Chaplain Tony Dickey with Disaster and Victim Services along with Carmike Cinemas in Daphne have partnered to bring awareness to the app “Polly’s Guardiangel.”

“It’s something law enforcement has been needing for a long time, and KlassKids has answered this for parents and made it available where the parent has control now. The parent can send out that alert,” Dickey said.

The app works by parents uploading information about their child or children. The information is saved on the phone, not a database. If the child goes missing, parents can then send out an alert that hits all phones with the app within a five mile radius of where the child disappeared.

What makes the app effective is its social media aspect. The more people that have it, the more who will be alerted to someone who disappears. Plus, it only costs 99 cents from the App Store and on Google Play.

“It’s very important that as many people get this app as possible cause a three hour window is crucial in finding a missing person,” Dickey said.

The Waldrup family came this morning to catch the early screening of “Maleficent,” but they said they’ll certainly drop an extra dollar to keep their little Parker safe.

“Yeah, that’s definitely a great idea for just a dollar. I mean, I don’t know if there’s a price that you can put on your child’s safety, you know? But yeah, it’s definitely something that we’ll invest in,” Deana Waldrup, Parker’s mother, said.

As for the missing people whose pictures sit in the theater lobby this weekend, a recent case in California gives some a renewed sense of hope.

“We have just had an individual found in California that had been missing for like 12 years and she was just found here recently. And that’s why it’s important never to give up. These missing people are out there somewhere and we want to bring them home to their families,” Dickey said.

The display will stay at Carmike through Saturday. Friday night at 7:30, a candlelight vigil will be held for those missing persons. Family and friends are invited to attend.

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