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Utah Creating New Child Abduction Team

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah is creating a new team to deal with child abductions.

The Child Abduction Response Team will be composed of law-enforcement volunteers whose expertise is important in the first hours after a child disappears.

Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says it's another way for law enforcement to stay ahead in the war against child abduction.

Lt. Jessica Eldredge of the attorney general's office will direct the group. She said larger agencies may not be able to put many experts on just one case. The new group will have about 50 members, each with a specialty.

The volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, providing quick response in the areas of searching, contacting registered sex offenders, phone traces, crime-scene investigation and other areas.

Information from: Standard-Examiner

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