In recognition of National Missing Children’s Day, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares visited Manassas today to deliver Child ID Kits to Metz Middle School.
Miyares was joined by Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Randy White, and former Washington Commanders defensive end Charles Mann, who both helped to drum up excitement for the announcement.
Manassas Police Chief Douglas Keen; Executive Director of the National Child ID Program Kenny Hamlin; and Sheriff Glenn Hill were also in attendance.
Every student at Metz Middle School received a kit. Soon, every child in Virginia will have access to one as well through their public schools.
The kits are specifically designed to help law enforcement during the crucial first 24 hours of a missing child investigation. Parents put a photo of their child, a copy of their fingerprint, and DNA – having them bite the corner of the envelope – in the kits, and then store them away in preparation for the unimaginable.
Having the identification material ready at the beginning of an investigation gives law enforcement more time to reunite the missing child with their family.
“A missing child is a parent’s worst nightmare. On National Missing Children’s Day, we want to encourage parents and guardians to actively prioritize their child’s safety and take advantage of this free resource,” said Attorney General Miyares. “Thanks to all of our law enforcement officers in northern Virginia for helping us distribute the Child ID Kits around the region.”
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