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We Remember Jacob Wetterling on This National Missing Children’s Day

LEFT: A school picture of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling who was abducted from near his St. Joseph home in 1989. RIGHT: An age enhanced photo of what Wetterling would likely look like today. (Photos: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children via Jacob Wetterling Resource Center)

Today marks the 29th Annual National Missing Children’s Day.

Former President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day in honor of the 1979 abduction of six year-old Etan Patz whom went missing on his way to school in New York.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children encourages parents to take 25 minutes talk to their children about safety.

Some of the tips that NCMEC offers while you are out and about are to tell your children that it is okay to say no to anything that makes them feel uncomfortable, practice what if situations, and stay away from vehicles whether they are occupied or not.

Summer activities are in full swing and Sauk Rapids Police Chief Perry Beise encourages parents to be mindful of where their children are at all times. “Make sure they call you when they get to where they are going, especially teens,” said Beise.

Beise suggests that children travel in known routes and that parent’s identify what routes are safe to take.

If children are approached by a suspicious person Beise says, “Tell your children that it is okay to move away from them.”

Beise said that the best advice for parents to tell their children if they are approached is to, “Keep fighting and keep kicking.”

Today reminds us of all those missing and exploited children from Minnesota. Find out more about each of them by clicking on the links below.

 

 

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