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Heartland couple creates app to help find lost children

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WEST FRANKFORT, IL (KFVS) -

There's at least one app out there to help find lost children, and it was developed by a Heartland couple. 

Ryan and Deanna Davis are from West Frankfort, Illinois and have two kids, one who is autistic and has a tendency to wander off.

Michael Davis, which his parents call him "Mikey", is high functioning autistic, but his autism impairs his social skills. His mother explains their horrific story of him wandering off at Disney World in Florida.

So the couple created Whistle - an app built to broadcast a message to an area to bring people together to help search.

"It's a location-based chat app...when you talk or post a message, it goes out to everyone in your area based on your location."

Ryan Davis said the fear of losing his child is terrifying.

"As a parent with a child with a disability and wandering issue, it's terrifying seeing your kid being lost and knowing you're the only one that can help find him unless you know somebody else you can pull in to help search," Ryan Davis said.

Whistle is reportedly the most effective when more people in your community download it, "the more people that are on it, the more powerful it's going to be," says Davis.  "And that's why I don't have to be afraid," explains Mikey in response to his parents. 

The app is free for Androids and iPhones both in your app store. 

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