Elizabeth Smart, who survived her harrowing abduction in Salt Lake City two decades ago, has partnered with Portland-based tech company Q5id to launch an app that aims to locate missing children and adults.
Why it matters: More than 600,000 individuals go missing each year in the U.S., according to The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
Details: Q5id Guardian, which launched Monday, allows app members to initiate an alert to other users the moment they believe their loved one is missing.
- Users can create profiles of their loved ones in the app that includes details of their physical appearance, temperament and medical history.
- The profiles provide more details about a missing person than the standard Amber alert, Smart told Axios.
- “The goal is that no matter how a loved one is missing, it could be that they have Dementia and simply wandered down the street, we want individuals to have the ability to alert their surrounding, immediate community into action,” Q5id Guardian brand manager Alexandra Farland told Axios.