This free service is designed to keep everyone informed locally. Find out here how to sign up; you'll get an alert via text message and email with the details of the case and the person's picture. This app was created in direct response to the recent Trevyan Rowe tragedy.
There is a new web-based app could help find missing persons faster, and it was developed right here in Rochester.
This app was created in direct response to the Trevyan Rowe tragedy. Rowe was a 14-year-old with autism who was found dead earlier this month after he walked away from School 12 on South Avenue.
In Rowe's case, he did not fit the specific requirements for an Amber Alert, which made it harder to spread the word. Rowe's disappearance was highly covered on the news and social media, but during the search volunteers discovered so many people had not heard about him. This Roc Alerts program would allow any kid, or vulnerable adult to get an alert.
This free service is designed to keep everyone informed. They're encouraging everyone in this area to sign up and anytime someone goes missing, you'll get an alert via text message and email with the details of the case and the person's picture.
Before an emergency alert is sent, Andrew Hollister, owner of Simple Tech Solutions and developer says they will work with law enforcement to verify a person is actually missing.
"The way law enforcement is looking at it is that this is a tool we can use to compliment the other systems we have but isn't necessarily restricted," Hollister said. "So far the conversations have been very positive."
When a child or vulnerable adult goes missing everyone signed up for the service would get text messages and email alerts. You can sign up for Roc Alerts here.