WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – An emergency notification system played a critical role in locating a missing 10-year-old boy on Monday.
The mother of the missing West Des Moines boy reported her child missing shortly after 8 p.m.
The boy was last seen in the 500 block of 3rd Street, and the boy's mother was able to give police a description of the clothes he was wearing, as well as some of the items he had with him.
That information was then sent out to people who are signed up with the emergency notification system. At the same time, police were notifying the public and searching the area.
Relief came about 30 minutes later when the boy was found with a friend about a block away.
West Des Moines police say the notification system worked as it was supposed to and the boy's mother agrees.
“It did help, I think it’s always a benefit to use the code red," said Sgt. Brent Cook of the West Des Moines Police Department. "We as a police department are limited on the number of eyes that we have out on the street. If we are looking for a lost person, especially on a bike, they could be anywhere. It helps get eyes out there to see if there is something around their house or neighborhood.”
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