Amber Alerts to come through Facebook pages

Facebook to post Amber Alerts

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The next time you log on to Facebook, you may come across life saving information.

The social media giant has teamed up with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send out Amber Alerts to users of the social media service. Bob Hoever with the NCMEC said that it's another way to get the message out there.

"The more eyes and ears out there to search for that child, the better the chances are for safely rescuing that child," said Hoever "The premise is to engage as many people as possible as rapidly as possible when a child is facing grave danger. Facebook provides us with that opportunity."

Hoever said that if you are in an area where law enforcement believes a missing child could be, you will receive an Amber Alert on your Facebook news feed.

"As soon as the word is out, everybody is linked in one shape or form," said Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L'jean Mckneely. "It benefits us in getting the word out, getting more eyes out there to where people can help us find missing individuals."

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports they have recovered 711 children.

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