Video: Mom Shares Hack for Finding Missing Kids After Losing Her Son in Supermarket

March 1, 2021 Updated: March 1, 2021

A mom of three has shared her advice for locating missing kids in public places, urging other parents to “look loudly” if their child is nowhere to be found.

Mom Jessica Martinek Cakmakli shared her parenting hack on TikTok after one of her sons went missing during a shopping trip.

Never “silently look” for your kids, said Jessica. Instead, enlist the eyes and ears of the people around you.

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Jessica Martinek Cakmakli, a mom of three, has shared a “parenting hack” for locating missing kids in public places. (Courtesy of Jessica Martinek Cakmakli)

“If you’re at an amusement park, zoo, mall, whatever it is, and you look around and your child is no longer with you, what you want to do is you want to start loudly looking for them,” Jessica said.

“What I mean by that is you start shouting their description while you look,” she said.

“It’s going to sound like this: ‘I’m looking for a boy, aged five, short brown hair, brown eyes, caucasian, red Nike T-shirt, black shorts …'”

Repeat the description while looking, and everyone in the vicinity will become a part of the search party, Jessica advised. In the best-case scenario, someone will locate and return the child. In the worst-case scenario, an abductor will likely be deterred by the commotion and let the child go.

It’s better to “look stupid” than to be sorry, Jessica concluded. The life-saving parenting video quickly went viral, with many parents expressing their gratitude for the outspoken mom’s sterling advice.

(Courtesy of Jessica Martinek Cakmakli)

In a follow-up video, Jessica added some extra details. “Don’t yell a name,” she advised. “First … a name doesn’t help people know what to look for. Also a name can be used … to make the kid feel more comfortable with the person who’s leading them away,” she speculated.

Take a photo of your child before leaving the house to help others know who to look for, she added, and, if in a store, alert an employee.

“It’s called a ‘Code Adam,'” she said. “They will shut down the store; all those places have protocols to help you find missing children.”

Finally, the mom of three advocated writing a contact phone number on a child’s arm in Sharpie before leaving the house for a crowded place.

(Courtesy of Jessica Martinek Cakmakli)

Thanks to Jessica’s advice, an Australian mom whose son disappeared on a shopping trip to Kmart in January recovered her little boy within minutes. The Aussie mom had seen her video and remembered what to do. She began to describe her 2-year-old son as dressed in a yellow shirt with brown hair, while her friend alerted Kmart employees to guard the store’s exit.

“I had every adult around me on alert,” the mom told the New Zealand Herald. “They all threw aside what they were looking at and started searching too.”

Turning an aisle, the mom heard the magical words, “He’s here!” A shopper had recognized her description and noticed the little boy as he wandered past.

“So to all parents out there, if your child goes missing, do not search in silence … Shout out loud and clear. Say that they’re missing, give a description, and repeat, repeat, repeat!”

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