Exploring resources available to parents to report missing kids

LAS VEGAS - Aaron Jones, a 13-year-old boy who has been missing since December was among 400 children missing in Nevada.  Remains in a deserted area near the teen's home were found Tuesday evening, and the boy's family say they believe they belong to the teen.

Paul Jones, Aaron's father, has been charged with murder, according to Metro Police.

Non-profit groups like Nevada Child Seekers work to reunite children with their families before something bad happens.  The group's website profiles missing kids across the state by showing their pictures along with information about them.
  
Nevada Child Seekers provides many ways family members can seek help if one of their children disappears.

A woman named Cynthia, whose daughter is missing, thought her worst nightmare had come true when police revealed the remains of a child had been found in a deserted area near Boulder Highway and Sahara.
  
Cynthia said when Aaron's remains were found this week, she thought her worst fears had come true, but she was wrong, so she is still searching for her 15-year-old daughter Makayla Moore.

Cynthia's daughter has been missing for more than two weeks.

"It feels awful.  There's no word that I can ever describe," Cynthia said.

Cynthia said when her child disappeared she immediately contacted investigators, who then put her in touch with the Nevada Child Seekers.  A flyer was immediately circulated through the organization's network of more than 2,000 agencies.

"When a child is missing our goal is to let the community know we're here, that we do have an alert system," said Margarita Edwards, executive director, of Nevada Child Seekers.

Nevada Child Seekers offers free ID kits, and in them, there is helpful information that would help police should your child ever go missing.

The kit includes fingerprints, a picture, contact information and more.  While the reasons for a child going missing can vary from a runaway to an abduction, Margarita Edwards says there is no excuse not to report someone missing.

"I say report because it's not about us, it's about the child, and if you want to report a child missing anonymously, then you can do that," Edwards said.

Edwards says the group has about an 85 to 90-percent success rate finding missing children alive.

"Makayla, please come home," Cynthia said.

Cynthia hopes her daughter is among that percentage who come home and not among the percentage who never return safely like Aaron.

Nevada Child Seekers also offers resources to families who believe their child may become a runaway.


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