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LUKE FRANKE/The Kentucky Standard
Twins Carson, left, and Connor Mercer, 7, have their fingerprints stamped and recorded Tuesday by Bardstown Police Officers Shannon Hall and Glenn Wheatley at the Walmart in Bardstown.
The importance of identification

Following the 1996 abduction of Amber Hagerman, namesake of the AMBER Alert, child identification kits gained popularity. Kenny Hansmire, with the National Child Identification Program, said that in the late 1990s, about 800,000 children were reported missing and only about 2 percent of parents had readily available information to provide officers.

“Can you imagine as a parent, your child missing, and you’re at home trying to find information to give police?” Hansmire said.

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