KOTA Territory woman uses social media to help find her missing - KOTA Territory News

KOTA Territory woman uses social media to help find her missing daughter

It used to be when children would go missing, parents would contact police and put up flyers. Now another option is social media.
Sacha Mesteth enjoys a nice day at the park. Last week was a nightmare for her when her 15 year old daughter went missing.

"I was distraught. I thought maybe something bad had happened to her," said Mesteth.

In addition to contacting police and putting up flyers, Mesteth used social media.

"I went and put one on my own page a picture of her and a description and asking anybody for any information. I got a couple of tips through Facebook through a couple of friends," said Mesteth.

One of those tips turned out to be correct. Mesteth then called police and they brought her daughter home

"What if she really was kidnapped? What if she really got taken? It ended in a good way but it could have ended in such a tragedy," said Mesteth.

Police officers say runaway cases are common in Rapid City.

"It is daily. We are taking those reports daily those add up to hundreds, six hundred seven hundred runaway cases a year," said Patrol Officer Eric Dwyer, with the Rapid City Police Department.

Officers say child abduction cases are rare.

"You will have a lot of resources from social media, to radio and a lot of law enforcement on scene," said Officer Dwyer.

As for Mesteth she is glad her daughter is back and she has a message for her.

"Be mad at me all you want, but you know what I love you, you are alive you are safe. You are home and hopefully this doesn't happen again," said Mesteth.

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