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Group Giving ID Kits To Schools

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

MILAN, Tenn. - A free service is coming to Tennessee that will hopefully save more children's lives.

"Our goal is to get in every school in Tennessee," said Tim Curry, of the Milan Grand Lodge Association.

This group is providing free ID kits to schools in hopes of helping officials save missing children.

So far the group is working with seven schools in Henderson County, providing onsite child ID testing to students in September. They said it's an extra step to help law enforcement in case the unthinkable happens.

"It would give us more information to locate a child if they are missing," said Investigator David Blurton, of the Milan Police Department.

The tests take about five minutes and provide fingerprinting, mouth swabs and all of the information for parents to keep.

"DNA samples are something that we wouldn't have at our station," said Investigator Blurton

According to reports from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, last year an average of 477 children were reported missing each month. Masonic Lodge coordinators said the ID Kit is an easy process that can help families during a difficult time.