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Cedar Falls man develops phone app to help find missing kids

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A Cedar Falls man has created a new cell phone app designed to help find missing kids.

Tory McBroom spent two months developing an app called "Missing Child Alerts." The app automatically sends a phone an alert once a child is reported missing with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

"It's a very simple app," said McBroom. "I would hope everyone would download it. You don't have to do anything, it just sits on your phone; it doesn't use up your resources, just alerts you when a child goes missing in your state."

McBroom is a full-time web developer. When two cousins went missing in Evansdale, Iowa, over the summer, he started brainstorming different ways to use his expertise and help.

"The whole idea of the app came about when Lyric and Elizabeth went missing. I just wanted to help in the most effective way I could," said McBroom.

McBroom spent weeks developing his first phone app.

"There were a few times where I wondered what I was doing, but I made it work," said McBroom.

The free phone app is available to download on any iPhone or Android system.

Apple app store link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/missing-child/id564771285?mt=8

Android app store link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.torymcbroom.missingchild

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