Deputies working daily to locate missing kids at State Fair - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken News, Weather, Sports

Fall Fun

Deputies working daily to locate missing kids at State Fair

Posted: Updated:
When a child is lost, she is brought to the Kiddy Colony at the Expo Center, where a page is made with a description of the child or the child's name. When a child is lost, she is brought to the Kiddy Colony at the Expo Center, where a page is made with a description of the child or the child's name.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The State Fair is all fun and games, until someone goes missing.

More than 70 children have been lost by parents at the fair since opening day; luckily, though, all have been reunited, deputies say.  

It's a scary reality when 100,000 people attend such an event on its busiest days.  

"You are shoulder to shoulder with people, you have three small children, it is easy to get bumped, you turn around and they are just gone," said Chip Hawley, with the Wake County Sheriffs Office.  

He has a huge detail of deputies, assisted by the Highway Patrol, all assisted by a network of security cameras to quickly spot missing children and make sure they don't leave the gates.  

"It is extremely easy [to lose a child]," Hawley said.

Deputies recommend parents put identifying information in their child's pocket, such as a name and phone number, so authorities can identify them when found.  

When a child is lost, she is brought to the Kiddy Colony at the Expo Center, where a page is made with a description of the child or the child's name. Or they will page a parent if the child can identify their parent.

Deputies and officers are notified over the radio immediately.

Vendors provide stuffed animals and candy to comfort the children while they wait to be reunited.

  • North Carolina NewsMore>>

  • Fortune 500 firm Sealed Air moving HQ to Charlotte

    Fortune 500 firm Sealed Air moving HQ to Charlotte

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:34:57 GMT
    Sealed Air Corp. is moving nearly 1,300 jobs to the Charlotte area by relocating its New Jersey headquarters. Sealed Air Corp. is moving nearly 1,300 jobs to the Charlotte area by relocating its New Jersey headquarters.
    North Carolina has convinced Fortune 500 packaging company Sealed Air Corp. to move nearly 1,300 jobs to the Charlotte area by relocating its New Jersey headquarters and consolidating management operations from several other states.
    North Carolina has convinced Fortune 500 packaging company Sealed Air Corp. to move nearly 1,300 jobs to the Charlotte area by relocating its New Jersey headquarters and consolidating management operations from several other states.
  • NC man found dead on front steps of home

    NC man found dead on front steps of home

    Homicide investigators in Lumberton are looking into the death of a man who was found on the front steps of his home.
    Homicide investigators in Lumberton are looking into the death of a man who was found on the front steps of his home.
  • 10 confirmed cases of chikungunya in NC

    10 confirmed cases of chikungunya in NC

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:05 AM EDT2014-07-23 11:05:19 GMT
    A 10th case of a mosquito-borne virus that can sicken people for weeks as been confirmed in North Carolina.
    A 10th case of a mosquito-borne virus that can sicken people for weeks as been confirmed in North Carolina.
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:08:35 GMT
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • Houston school district holds 2nd job fair in Raleigh

    Houston school district holds 2nd job fair in Raleigh

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-07-23 10:27:25 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    A Texas school district is once again holding a job fair for teachers in Raleigh.
    A Texas school district is once again holding a job fair for teachers in Raleigh.
Powered by WorldNow

1336 Augusta West Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909

Telephone: 706.722.6664
Email: talkback6@wjbf.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.