Ashland Nixle Alert system didn’t notify everyone when young girls went missing

ASHLAND, Ore. —A scary moment Wednesday night in the Ashland area, after two young children were reported missing. Thankfully the children were found safe.

Police sent out a Nixle notification to subscribers, but we’re told not everyone signed up, received a notification.

Chief Tighe O’Meara says whenever there’s a report of a missing child or children, it’s all hands on deck. He says its a judgment call on if a Nixel notification gets sent out. In this case it did.

Wednesday multiple agencies responded to locate the two girls. A trailing dog from Jackson County Search and Rescue was able to find the two by following their scent.

They were found at a nearby field they weren’t supposed to be playing at, according to Chief O’Meara.

He says Nixle is not proximity-based, so anybody anywhere signed up should get Ashland’s Nixle alerts.  While Chief O’Meara says he’s aware that not everyone who is signed up received an alert Wednesday, he says it’s not cause for concern. “No system is infallible, we are working with the best system that we have access to and nothing is perfect and we just have to figure it out as we go along,” he said.

He says he passed the concern over to the fire department, which is in charge of managing the service.

Chief O’Meara says if you think you didn’t get notified, it’s best to sign up again. You can do that by texting 97520 to 888-777.

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Jenna King
NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors, or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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