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Using Facebook, GPS technology to find a missing child

This may be something hard to think about, but imagine your child is missing. You try searching for them, but you aren't having any luck. What could you do next?

One mother recently in this situation used Facebook and the GPS technology in her daughter's phone to help track and find her.

Laquita Woods recently reported her 15-year-old daughter Diviniti missing. After doing so, she did what many parents would do in the situation - she put up hundreds of fliers.

Frantic for answers, she began calling her daughter's phone and her friends.  When nothing turned up, she contacted local authorities.

Woods knew the first 24 hours would be critical, so she organized relatives who passed out more fliers and made calls.

Then, Woods thought to check her daughter's Facebook account. This is when she discovered that her daughter had been communicating with a man she did not know.

"He was a 20-year-old and my daughter is 15," said Woods.  "That's a hard pill to swallow."

Woods said her big break came when she remembered that her daughter's phone had a GPS tracking system.

At first, GPS indicated that her daughter was traveling down a local interstate, but she was still not answering the phone.

Woods kept trying to call her daughter, while monitoring her daughter's Facebook page and recent posts.

Finally, the GPS locked in on a home about 40 miles away.

"Once I got there, I knocked on the door and no one wanted to come out," said Woods. 

By that time, police were on the way.  Then, her daughter and the man came out of the house.

Woods said her daughter was very apologetic and ready to come home.  She said her story should be a wake up call for teens and their parents about the trouble they can get into on the internet.

"A person can tell you that they are 16 years old with you, and they could be a 30-year-old or a 25-year-old," she said.  "You don't know that that picture that is on the computer is actually that person, and that's scary."

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