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By Jay Polk - bio | email

September 26, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia parents will soon be able to take advantage of a new system to help identify missing children.

The Georgia Masons started the Georgia Chip program last year.  The database is designed to help law enforcers if a child disappears.  Parents can get a kit that includes a D-V-D pictures and information about their children.

The kit also contains enough of a scent to be traceable by tracking dogs.

The program compliments other identification programs and the national Amber Alert system.  Phil Wyatt, Georiga CHIP State Director said: "Our compact disc that we make is completely 100% uploadable into the system without any reformatting or retyping. This allows all of the information to be available in all of the 50 states within about 2 hours."

The Masons have hosted dozens of child identification events throughout Georgia and other states.

State Masons leaders met with Albany Masons and officials from the city, county, Army National Guard and Marines Friday to start planning an event here.

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