Dubuque County uses new missing person alert

Dubuque County is changing its process for handling missing children.

KCRG television reports the county is now using an alert system called, “A Child is Missing.”

Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos decided to make the change in his county’s policy after the two missing cousins in Black Hawk County weren’t found.

Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins are still missing after two months.

Vrotsos says the new system will allow him to send out an automated telephone message to about 1,000 individuals per minute in the immediate area of the missing person.

It can be used when any child, mentally ill, or elderly person disappears.

The current Amber Alert system is only used when a child is in immediate danger and there’s specific description of a vehicle or suspect.