The Missouri Child Identification Program, better known as MoChip, will be taking free digital photographs, dental impressions, and scents for scent dogs to follow in the event a child goes missing. The information would then be put onto a small disk which can be loaded into the Amber Alert System in a matter of minutes. State Coordinator of MoChip, Nicholas Cichielo says the program has been successful in finding missing children.
“In six years, we do not have the names, we don’t want the names. But we know of eight children who have been saved and are back with their families as a result of what we do,” Cichielo said.
Only parents will be able to keep any the information. Any records taken at the fair will be digitized and erased at the end of the day. Chichielo says, as of last weekend 141 thousand children have gone through the program. MoChip will offer these services at the Lake Regional Health System’s annual Children’s Health Fair this Saturday from 10a.m until 2p.m. at Stone Crest Mall in Osage Beach.