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How police handle missing children and teens in Tulsa

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Posted at 5:29 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 20:49:57-04

TULSA, Okla. — After several cases of children going missing in the last two weeks, we spoke to Tulsa Police to find out how officers approach these types of cases.

Missing children and teens can go in a few different categories; they can be missing, missing and endangered, qualify for an amber alert or be classified as a runaway.

The Tulsa Police Department says each situation is determined carefully on a case by case basis.

"Officers will come out, take that report, find out the details of the circumstances and decide," said Officer Danny Bean with Tulsa Police. "Maybe contact a supervisor and decide what we're going to do if someone's in danger and how we are going to handle it or if it's just someone missing at the time and it goes low priority to high priority."

Police say a missing child or teen is always a serious situation but that each one can require a different approach.

Especially, if the child was seen taken by a stranger, has physical or mental disabilities, or has a medical condition.

Those types of situations can cause for additional concern.

We're told no matter if your child has wandered off on accident or on-purpose, it's always good to give them a call as soon as possible.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's office hands out child identification handbooks year-round that can help in the event your child disappears.

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