Special Needs Registry reunites Manasquan child with family

Manasquan police cruiser. FILE PHOTO / THE COAST STAR
MANASQUAN — A 16-year-old, special needs Manasquan child was reunited with her family after wandering off on Sunday, July 23 thanks to the Monmouth County Special Needs Registry. According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, a good Samaritan alerted the Manasquan Police Department and because the child was registered on the Special Needs Registry, officers were able to quickly reunite the child and parents. Sgt. William Dutton, Ptl. Robert Wagner and dispatcher Christine White of the Manasquan Police Department assisted in reuniting the girl with her family.
“The Special Needs Registry was created for exactly this type of situation and we are so grateful that the outcome in this instance was so positive. If you have family members with special needs and have not yet registered for this program, we encourage you to do so by visiting www.mcsnrnj.org. Special thanks to the Manasquan Police Department for their outstanding work on this case and to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office for their ongoing technical support for this program,” stated Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni in a press release. The Monmouth County Special Needs Registry is a voluntary service open to all citizens with disabilities who reside, attend school or are employed in Monmouth County. The registry was created to help police officers and other emergency service personnel better assist residents with special needs in the event of an emergency by providing those first responders with vital information regarding a registrant’s disability, emergency contact information, physical description and current photograph of the registrant.

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