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ISP launches tool to help find missing people

Staff Writer | September 16, 2020 1:00 AM

At any one time, the state of Idaho is searching for 80 missing people.

Despite law enforcement efforts, there are many more missing people who are never reported or found.

In recognition of Idaho Missing Persons Day, Idaho State Police and Idaho Missing Persons Clearinghouse launched two social media tools on Monday to aid in the search for Idaho's missing population.

"For families of missing persons, it's agonizing under any circumstance," said ISP's Tanea Parmenter, who manages the Idaho Missing Persons Clearinghouse. "Those families, law enforcement, and local media have asked for an easier, faster way to share information on missing persons. These new social media pages and the CodeRED app are the way to do that."

The Idaho Missing Persons Clearinghouse is part of the Bureau of Criminal Identification. A division of ISP, Clearinghouse provides a primary location for resources to identify and assist state and national efforts to locate Idaho's missing.

@ISP_Alerts, ISP's new Twitter account, will distribute sharable flyers for active Amber Alerts, Blue Alerts, and Endangered Missing Persons across the state.

The updated Idaho Missing Person Clearinghouse page will include the same alerts and helpful community notification for all Idaho missing persons past and present on Facebook.

"Information from the community can be key in these cases, and that's why these new resources are so important," Parmenter said. "Getting the word out quickly, from a credible, official source, can make the difference in making sure people are safe, or in the case of Blue Alerts, get a dangerous suspect in custody."

ISP's CodeRED free mobile alert app sends timely notifications directly to subscribers' mobile phones, including Amber, Blue, and Endangered Missing Persons Alerts.

Idahoans can sign up for the ISP alerts through