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Parents Use GPS Tracking Device for Children

LAS VEGAS -- A sad ending for a Henderson family. Search crews found the body of their son, 16-year-old Shane McNeil Tuesday morning.

McNeil was found near Boy Scout Canyon, just south of Hoover Dam. He had left for a hike alone on Saturday and never met up with his mother at the area they designated on Saturday evening.

His body was found at the bottom of a ravine, about a mile off the trail he had been on.

The Foothill High School sophomore just moved to Henderson from the east coast this summer and was used to different terrain.

A GPS tracking device might have helped searchers reach McNeil sooner. Parents all across the country are using a new device that lets them know just where their kids are at any given moment.

The Amber Alert GPS device uses a network of satellites in space to pinpoint the exact location of your child, pet, or property, and then notifies you by text message on your cell phone or computer.

The device is much smaller than a cell phone -- about the size of an iPod Nano and can be hidden in a backpack, glove compartment, purse or even under clothing. It can be activated by your child with the simple push of a button or the parent can activate the device remotely with a text message sent from their cell phone.

It can monitor audio and even alert you when your teen driver exceeds the speed or boundaries you've pre-selected.

"As a matter of fact, it has a feature that allows you to set a speed on it and if your teen actually surpasses that speed you'll get notified by a text on your cell phone," said Ozzie Andreatta with Child Tracking 101.

The Amber Alert GPS device retails for about $180 but requires a monthly subscription fee ranging from $9.99 to $59.99 per month. The device is sold by a local company called Child Tracking 101.

A water-resistant version of Amber Alert GPS hits the market in November. It offers world-wide range and three-times the battery life.

The company says a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each device goes to Children's Charity.


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