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UPDATED: Wednesday May 8, 2013 9:43 AM

When four people went missing from their homes in Mount Vernon in 2010, a frantic search for them ensued.

While most people recall the effort to save Sarah Maynard, many have never heard of one of the networks responsible for finding her.

"I hope that one day people will know CART, as you know AMBER," said Powell Police Chief Gary Vest.

CART stands for the Child Abduction Response Team. It was introduced in Ohio in 2006 by Vest.

That was years after three women who were recently discovered in Cleveland first went missing.

Since then, more than 1,200 public safety officers have been trained to prevent child abduction cases in the state.

According to national statistics on missing and exploited children, if an abductor intends to murder a child, 75 percent of the time, that happens within three hours. That's why law enforcement agencies say organizations like CART are critical.

Chief Vest said a CART activation can mobilize 20 to 30 response team members on the ground, actively searching for a missing child in less than 30 minutes - and within the critical first few hours.

"That doesn't give us time to bring in federal resources and helicopters. It really means that the people on the ground have to be able to be notified and get as many resources out there as possible, within that first three hours," Vest said.

While three women in Cleveland are reunited with their families tonight, these public safety officers train to bring the next missing child home, safe -- and soon.

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