BF teen recognized by village for using Facebook to locate runaway

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It was every parent’s nightmare — a daughter was missing and not communicating with her family. Bosque Farms Police Detective Jason Hatch was having no luck finding the young girl, so he turned to the oldest detecting there is.

“I asked my son, ‘Hey, do you know this girl?’” Hatch said.

Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photo: Tanner Hatch, left, accepts a proclamation from village of Bosque Farms Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Ake, right. The proclamation was issued for Hatch’s assistance in finding a young female runaway and convincing her to contact the Bosque Farms Police Department.

Tanner Hatch, 14, did indeed know her and reached out to her on Facebook, something her family had tried, to no avail. She responded to her friend.

“He was able to chat with her and convince her to contact me,” the detective said. “Tanner also convinced her to let me meet her in Albuquerque and take her home.”

Bosque Farms Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Ake presented a proclamation to Tanner, naming May 16 “Tanner Hatch Day” in the village.

“I’ve known this young man most of his life and watched him grow up,” Ake said. “He turned into a fine young man and helped in a situation where this young woman could have found herself in a very life-threatening situation.”


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