GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) — There are more than 90 kids missing in South Carolina. Some disappeared recently, while others went missing decades ago, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
This weekend, a local organization handed out free identification kits to families. The kits document a child’s height and weight. They also included ink to take fingerprints and tools to collect DNA and hair samples.
The kits were distributed at McAllister Square in Greenville.
“When a child goes missing, sometimes a parent is so frantic and can’t remember a child’s height or weight, what they may have been wearing, or if he or she had long or short hair,” explained the organizer of Freedom Fighters Upstate, Traci Fant. “This helps answer every question police would have for you if your child goes missing.”
Greenville Police say parents should report that their child is missing immediately. Meanwhile, Fant suggested parents update identification cards once a year as their child grows.
“DNA never changes,” she said. “Hair never changes. Fingerprints don’t change.”