Police are crediting the media, community, and social media for finding a missing boyFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Fargo police are crediting the media, the community, And social media For helping track down a missing autistic boy.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Fargo police are crediting the media, the community, And social media For helping track down a missing autistic boy.
8-year-old Draven Rinkenberger was missing for about 5-hours Monday night.
Police used several tools to try to find Draven after he went missing around 5 Monday afternoon.
In addition to sending out police and fire crews to search, and notifying people in the area, they also posted and tweeted alerts.
Nowadays, social media can come in handy for a lot of things.
Instant updates, constant communication, and in Fargo, spreading the word and bringing in tips after a little boy goes missing.
Kristi Kvernen- Facebook Post: "I did see the post. I saw it on Facebook I had some friends that posted it on there. It scared me but I was very glad that I saw it."
8-year-old Draven Rinkenberger ran away from his home here in the 1000 block of South University Drive. That's when police issued a code red alert, contacted the media, and took to Facebook for help.
LT. Joel Vettel- Fargo Police: That ultimately is what solved the issue, and we received a number of tips both from the phone and also on Facebook
Kvernen: When something like that happens, you want to get as many people on board as possible, looking, searching.
Police posted Draven's picture, a description, and his last location..
Then asked the public for help.
And just hours later, the post had been shared more than 13-hundred times on Facebook.
Vettel: We will always chose the best possible tools for the incident that we can
And after seeing news on stations like WDAY, and alerts on social media.. A citizen found Draven walking along the 21-hundred block of 5th avenue south, about five hours after he went missing.
Vettel "people are more than willing to take the extra steps needed to ensure the safety of other people."
A sign of the strength in our community.. And the helpful social media tools now in the hands of police.
"I would definitely hope they would do the same cause as many people out there that can help, it's so important."
Police found Draven safe and unharmed. The original release said his last name was Rickenberger, but Police later learned it is Rinkenberger.
Attempts to reach both Draven's family, and the person who found him were unsuccessful.