Mills Police seeing a 25 percent increase of missing teen reports

A screenshot from one of Mills PD missing teen posts
A screenshot from one of Mills PD missing teen posts(Screenshot of Mills PD Facebook)
Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 5:24 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - In 2020, the Mills Police Department saw 22 missing teen reports come in. This year, it’s up to 26 so far and they can’t pinpoint one reason why.

“If we could answer that we would probably be in a different position and wouldn’t have this problem,” said Corp. Kate Acord. Acord adds some reasons they’ve seen are teens not feeling accepted or safe plus mental health and more.

“Or they could be enticed by someone online or there want to reunite with someone they are separated from,” Acord said. Parents and guardians can report missing teens to police when they feel they are somewhere they shouldn’t be. After the report is submitted, the investigations team looks for them. If they have bad luck officials use social media as a tool.

“We can distribute that information quickly and to a wide audience. Also, posts that say missing juvenile gets people’s attention,” Acord said. When officials post that then teens are found it means an officer has seen them locally or an officer has seen them where they were found. Acord said it’s rewarding to get teens home.

“It’s always rewarding to post these things and we are grateful for public assistance,” Acord said.

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