Fewer people have gone missing this year than last in Horry County, but the faces of missing people have never been so prominent.
Area police departments routinely use Facebook, Twitter and messaging alert systems to spread information about missing people or runaways in Horry County. Lt. Raul Denis, with Horry County police, said disseminating information through social media helps police find missing or wanted people faster.
“Social media enables us to spread the word further, and it has proved more successful for us finding people,” Denis said. “It generates tips, it works.”