Parents use social media to find child

Parents use social media to find child

JAKARTA - Parents turned to social media to look for their daughter who went missing when she was playing with her older sister and aunt at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Oct. 26.

Roy Julian, an artist from Kantor Theater, said his eight-year-old daughter, Alma Aini Hakim, lost her way when she left her aunt to buy fried snacks in the crowded park.

Roy and his wife then broadcast a message containing information about their daughter and their contact details then spread the information via Facebook, which made it to online media and radio stations.

The message went viral on Blackberry messenger, Twitter and Facebook. Media monitoring company Topsy recorded over 3,400 mentions about Alma on Twitter during the past 19 hours. Some celebrities such as filmmaker Joko Anwar and writer Dewi Lestari were among those who lent their sympathy.

A Blackberry user, who is an employee of a state-owned firm located near Monas, identified Alma who was playing in the park on Wednesday evening and brought her to Gambir Police station.

"She is with us now and in good condition," said Roy, who had reported the missing case to the police twice.

A group of Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers had also deployed to look for the girl, but to no avail.

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