ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — The Escambia County (FL) Sheriff’s Office held a press conference to address the recent concerns about the amount of missing persons cases that have come out of the department recently.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said Wednesday it may seem that there has been a rise if you follow them on social media. The sheriff says he is worried the community thinks there is a “tsunami” of missing persons, but he says that is not true, they’re just posting on social media more.
Since Friday, the sheriff’s office has posted 10 missing children between the ages of 12 and 16. Five have been found by Wednesday, but five are still missing.
The sheriff says there’s an average of about 800 missing persons reports in the county per year. So far this year, there are 627 reports. About 400 of those are children under 18. Included in these numbers, the sheriff says, are chronic runaways.
“I don’t care if your child ran away 20 times, if you call us to take a report, we’re going to come and do the best we can to recover that child,” Morgan said.
Sheriff Morgan says no matter what, they are now posting these missing children and adults more frequently on their social media pages.
“So the new norm will be..you’re going to see more of these posted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Why? Because again we are responding to the community. We are going to make sure we get as much information out to the community as quickly as possible and do the maximum number of recoveries as we can,” says Sheriff Morgan.
During the press conference, the sheriff also dispelled any rumors that these children have been trafficked.
Sheriff Morgan said it’s important for parents to closely monitor their children and know where they are at all times.
“When you allow children to raise themselves or you’re not a parent in knowing where your children are and what they’re doing then this is one of the results of that,” Morgan said. “It is poor parenting not knowing where your children are.”
You can help the sheriff’s office find those reported missing by calling them at 850-436-9620.