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Kits help locate missing children

Midge Medicraft takes nine year-old Dominique’s fingerprints for a Child Find kit. Dominique’s parents will keep this vital record, in case something happens. If she goes missing, this information will help police locate her faster.

The RCMP and the Order of the Eastern Star are teaming up again this year to provide parents with tools to help police find their children faster in the event of an emergency.

Midge Medicraft, worthy matron of the Eastern Star, visited Bridgetown Regional Elementary School on Wednesday to distribute child identity kits.

These records, which parents keep, record the child’s fingerprints, a hair sample and a photo in case the child the child goes missing. The profile also includes the child’s weight and height, as well as identifying features and other medical information.

She says this project is very important to her personally, having lost a loved one many years ago. In 1957, Medicraft’s grandfather went missing one day and the family has never learned what happened.

“He left one day and never came back,” she said. “People searched for him and you would think in a little town like this, someone would find him. But we never did, so we always wonder what happened? Where did he go? Why haven’t we found him?”

The questions left behind haunt family members and make it difficult to move past the loss.

Should a child go missing, parents can take the information they’ve collected in the kit to the nearest police station. This information saves time and provides vital information investigators need when searching for the missing child.

This profile kit is being made available to all parents in Annapolis County, for more information contact the nearest RCMP community office.

 

Organizations: RCMP, Eastern Star, Bridgetown Regional Elementary School

Geographic location: Annapolis County

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