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Child identification effort at Georgia Wing Fest

Gene Jernigan, Director of Georgia Chip Program Gene Jernigan, Director of Georgia Chip Program
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Albany Masonic Lodge is helping families take advantage of a child identification effort at the Georgia Wing Fest.

Children and their parents sat with volunteers from the Georgia Chip Program who took DNA swabs, fingerprints, pictures and 30 second videos of the children to help investigations if they go missing. Officials say this process is very successful in finding missing children.

"Right now in the state of Georgia since 2008 we've ID'd over 97,000 children,” said Gene Jernigan, Director of Georgia Chip Program. “Last year at this event we were able to ID almost 300 kids."

The free information was printed out and given to parents on a CD. The Georgia Chip program offers their free service to schools in Southwest Georgia and at the mall.

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