LAS VEGAS -- Each year, approximately 8,000 children go missing in Nevada -- the majority are runaways from Clark County. But one organization is using social media to send these children a message in hopes of bringing them back home.
Nevada Child Seekers is now using social media to get the word out about missing children. Executive Director Stephanie Parker says it is a way to reach a mass audience over and over again.
"The fliers are great, but a lot of time, if a child can actually hear a message from a parent they actually may come home because they think that it is ok," she said.
The parents of 16-year-old Nicholle Kennedy made a video that is a simple plea for her to come back home.
"Your mother and I both miss and love you. Please come home, Nikki," they said. "Nikki, please call. We want to help you out. You're our only child. You made a mistake and we understand. We want you to come back."
Kennedy has been missing for several days. It is a video that will hopefully be seen by their daughter and thousands of others who may know where she is.
The video is not only shared on Nevada Child Seekers' Facebook and Twitter pages, but the link is given to family and friends so they can post it in hopes of getting leads.
"They like this option because they know that their kids are tech savvy. They know that their kid's friends are online. They know there is a great reach to show their child's picture," said Parker.
It has already worked for one family. Just 24 hours after releasing a video message, a 14-year-old girl came home. The Kennedy's hope the same happens with their daughter.
Nevada Child Seekers just started doing the videos two weeks ago. They hope this dramatically increases how many children are found and decreases the amount of time they are gone.
Three people were arrested for being connected to the human sex…
A Clark County School District bus was involved in a crash with a…
Homicide detectives are investigating a stabbing related homicide,…