(Benton, MO) -- New technology to help law enforcement identify missing people. The Scott County Sheriff's Department is the first in Missouri to get eye-scanning equipment.
Officers are now able to take a digital photo of the eye and get an 'eyeprint' very similar to a thumbprint. No two are alike.
That information goes into a national registry and can help police locate a missing person.
"If you have somebody that comes up missing when they're five years old, when they're 15, you'll still be able to identify them. One hundred percent is what I understand." says Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter.
The technology also allows police to track sex offenders.
The sheriff's department plans to take the equipment to public events where people, especially children and the elderly, can voluntarily get their eyes scanned and recorded.