Deputy Attends DOJ Missing Child Program

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With time critical when a child goes missing, one detective with the Eau Claire County sheriff’s department is glad he took part in some exclusive training. Fox 25-48’s Jesse Horne has more on the training and how it may help him in saving young lives.

In these cubicles, sobering numbers are analyzed.

“Seventy-six percent are dead within the first three hours. One percent survive more than a day. And forty percent are dead before they are reported missing. The sad statistics.”

Sad statistics Eau Claire County sheriff’s department detective Don Henning tries to reduce every day, related to missing children.

“Usually, it’s a very rapid response to an unknown and there’s a lot of work which needs to be done.”

But now, Henning has some new tools at his disposal. After recently attending the missing children seminar for chief executives.

“Throughout the course, going through some scenarios, listening to a parent of a child whose daughter is still missing 21 years later – her daughter has never been found or recovered – it was very powerful in understanding the resources available. It is an immense amount of resources available to these sorts of investigations.”

Since March of 2014, there have been 666 children reported missing in Wisconsin. Detective Henning said the training he received can help cut the time that a child goes missing down from weeks and months to minutes and hours.

And shrinking down that time frame makes the training Henning received key to rescuing any abducted child in Eau Claire County.

“In the event that a child is abducted, say, this afternoon, I would like to have a team that is prepared and ready to respond at a moment’s notice to hopefully bring a safe ending to the incident, return the child to their family and hold the person or persons accountable for their actions.”

Jesse Horne Fox 25-48 News at 9.

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