Police warn teens not to take part in Facebook 48-hour missing challenge


Police are worried teens may take part in a social media challenge that encourages them to pretend they are missing.

There are no confirmed cases of anyone actually doing this — and authorities want to keep it that way.

“First, it was the Tide pod challenge, then it was the bird box challenge and now we have a new one,” said Overland Park Police Officer John Lacy.


It’s called the ’48-hour Missing Challenge’ and it’s exactly what it sounds like.

“To be honest with you, I didn’t imagine it could get worse,” Lacy said.

It’s happening on Facebook.

Teens are apparently daring each other to go missing for 48 hours.

The goal is to see if a ‘missing post’ for them shows up on social media.

“There just craving for attention,” Lacy said.

Lacy says the challenge is not only dangerous but could tie officers up during real emergencies.

“It’s taking resources away from the police department. You know, if we respond to your home, we’re going to actively look for your child. We’re going to think this person is missing and they really are not missing and it’s taking away resources,” Lacy said.

So far, no reports have been made in Overland Park.

Parents should be aware of the challenge and know what their kids are doing on social media.

“You should know their password, you should know what type of apps are on their phone, things of that sort,” Lacy said.

In Overland Park, Mckenzie Nelson, for the now k-c.

You should also know there is no proof the challenge is even real.

Fact-checking web site “snopes.com” debunked a similar game called the “72-hour challenge” back in 2015

The site reports rumors of a 48-hour challenge began appearing as early as 2017.

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