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Wash. Police Use Cell Phone Pings in Manhunt

Cell phone pings proved crucial in helping Washington state police track a suspect in a child abduction case that spurred an Amber Alert. Dustin Reed, 35, was arrested Tuesday in the kidnapping of his 4-year-old son about half an hour after police started tracking his cell phone. He was taken into custody without incident, the boy was returned to his mother and Chehalis police are wrapping up the case for prosecutors. All in all, it was an efficient investigation that ended well and quickly thanks in large part to cell phone pings. "It was very critical in this case," said Randy Kaut, Chehalis deputy police chief. "Who knows how long it would have lasted if we hadn't had the location of the phone." [Good use of the technology. But...]

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