Social media linked to spike in missing persons
JOHNSTON COUNTY, Okla. (KTEN) — The Grayson County Sheriff's office is asking for help finding a man who's been missing since February 1.
As the search goes on, it puts a spotlight on dozens of other missing persons.
"We've seen a little bit of an uptick in the trend," said Johnston County Sheriff Gary Dodd. "It seems like more along the North Texas side; we get alerts from North Texas agencies about missing people, or missing kids, or even abducted kids or persons."
Especially when it comes to kids, Dodd said he sees a large problem with modern technology.
"One of the things that we're seeing with our juvenile runaways is social media," he said. "A lot of these younger people are on social media; they're listening to these social media influencers who don't have their best interest at heart."
The sheriff said keeping kids safe has to start at home.
"Parents need to be nosy with their children, and what sites they're looking at on social media, and who they're talking to," Dodd said. "Our kids don't need us to be their friends; they need us to be their parents."
If you have a tip on a missing person, you should contact law enforcement immediately.
"We want to get that word out immediately to our local, state, and federal partners; that way they can be on the lookout for that," Dodd said.