When a 17-year-old girl from Harris County pulled out the Noonlight app last week, investigators said she was already in grave danger.
“I believe the ping that started in College Park was the first 911 agency to be notified of the location, through Fulton County and then Habersham County,” Sgt. Toby Nix told Candace McCowan from channel 2.
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Investigators say the teen met 28-year-old Dalton Ramsey on Snapchat, where he agreed to take her to another state.
Soon they say she was tied up and later raped here at the BT Reservoir in Coweta County.
The teen ended up using her phone not to call 911, but to open the Noonlight safety app.
“You start the app, you often put your thumb on the button, then you walk to your car, then you walk across campus,” says Brendan Walsh.
The app aims to make it easier to alert authorities if you’re in trouble.
You just hold this button and when you lift your finger, you enter a code that lets the company know you’re safe.
Without entering the code, the company will text you, which is what happened to the 17-year-old victim.
“Our victim was able to respond with the word rape in this case. They started pinging her phone and updating 911 depending on what jurisdiction she was in,” Nix said.
And so officers were able to track down the girl.
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Noonlight makers say they can help by letting the app track you.
“The user tells Noonlight to watch me for my own safety,” Walsh said. “I think security, safety, the industry is really getting traction.”
Investigators say Ramsey was tracked by multiple counties. He faces charges in both Habersham and Coweta counties.
“He’s where he needs to be,” Nix said.
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