Quantcast

Deputies working daily to locate missing kids at State Fair - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com

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>>

  • Coal ash bill in limbo after NC Senate adjourns

    Coal ash bill in limbo after NC Senate adjourns

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:38 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:38:10 GMT
    The North Carolina Senate adjourned early Friday morning without finalizing a bill requiring Duke Energy to clean up its leaky coal ash dumps across the state.
    The North Carolina Senate adjourned early Friday morning without finalizing a bill requiring Duke Energy to clean up its leaky coal ash dumps across the state.
  • NC Senate approves county sales tax changes

    NC Senate approves county sales tax changes

    North Carolina's Senate has agreed to a new omnibus tax bill allowing some urban counties to levy sales tax.
    North Carolina's Senate has agreed to a new omnibus tax bill allowing some urban counties to levy sales tax.
  • NC Senate passes state budget, sends it to House

    NC Senate passes state budget, sends it to House

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:58 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:58:28 GMT
    File PhotoFile Photo
    The new state budget provides more money for kindergarten through college classrooms, raises for public school teachers and a boost for vouchers for children attending private and religious schools.
    The new state budget provides more money for kindergarten through college classrooms, raises for public school teachers and a boost for vouchers for children attending private and religious schools.
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

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