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Rowan Sheriff’s Office hopes to catch deadbeat dads, moms with Facebook

If you know a deadbeat dad or mom in Rowan County chances are so will all of Rowan County. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has taken to social media in order to aid them in arresting men and women who have not paid child support.

Sheriff’s Deputy J.A. Lombard was instrumental in creating a Facebook page that features wanted posters with the offenders’ picture if there is one available, name, last known address and other pertinent information.

The page can be easily found by going to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Website at www.rowansheriff.org via the Child Support Enforcement link at the bottom of the page.

The idea came from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office where that agency created a Facebook page in June to help them locate parents who’ve not paid child support.

Buncombe County officials shared the idea at a recent sheriff’s meeting and Rowan County decided to employ the same methods, said Capt. John Sifford.

In some cases parents may only owe a few hundred dollars or several thousand. All of the parents listed on the Facebook page have failed to appear in court.

Lombard said the page actually launched Monday and they’ve arrested three people since that time. He said once arrests are made the wanted posters are taken down. There are about 166 posters that have been categorized in albums alphabetically by the offender’s last name.

The hope is that someone will see the person and provide the parent’s location, Lombard said.

The photos on the wanted posters are generated from mug shots from the Rowan County Sheriff’s database or images from the Division of Motor Vehicles. The posters also include identifying marks, tattoos, or scars. Some posters just have information but no photos.

For more information visit www.facebook.com and search for Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Child Support Enforcement.

To report a parent seen on a poster contact the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8500.

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