Social Media Helps Find Missing Arkansas Man


Social Media Helps Find Missing Arkansas Man

An 82- year old Baxter County resident was found safe only a few hours after being reported missing by his caregiver, by a woman who learned about the incident through Facebook.

According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, a caregiver arrived at the man’s house in the morning only to find that the man was gone. The caregiver had not had contact with the man since the night before when she was leaving his home.

While sheriff’s deputies, K-9 units, and the Baxter County helicopter searched for the man, an unidentified woman made a 911 call informing authorities that she had seen a man near her home who fit the description of the missing elderly man.

Deputies were able to locate the man about a half-mile from his home in a wooded area and was safely returned home after being examined by medical personnel at Baxter Regional Medical Center.

Lessons learned:
Using Social Media as a Tool

  • Searches utilize many local assets and can be costly to an agency.
  • Social media can reach a wide and diverse population. 
  • Social media is able to solicit assistance from the local community. 
  • Social media can lessen the time of sharing and receiving information.


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