COWETA COUNTY, Ga. — When a 17-year-old Harris County girl started the Noonlight app last week, investigators said she was already in serious danger.
“I believe the ping started at College Park. This was the first 911 agency that was notified of the location, via Fulton County and then Habersham County,” the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Toby Nix said Candace McCowan of Channel 2.
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Investigators say the teenager met Dalton Ramsey, 28, on Snapchat, where he agreed to drive her to another state. Soon they say she ended up tied up and then raped at the BT Reservoir in Coweta County, according to deputies.
The teenager eventually used her phone, not to call 911, but to open the Noonlight safety app.
According to the developers, the application is intended to facilitate the alert of the authorities in the event of a problem.
“You fire up the app, you put your thumb on the button a lot, and then you walk to your car, you walk across campus,” Brendan Walsh said.
On the app, you just hold down a button. When you lift your finger, the app lets you enter a code that notifies the company that you’re safe.
Without entering the code, the company will text you, what happened with the 17-year-old victim.
“Our victim in this case was able to respond with the word rape. They started pinging her phone and updating 911 based on the jurisdiction she was in,” Nix said.
And that’s how the deputies were able to find the girl.
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The creators of Noonlight say that by allowing the app to track you, they can help.
“User tells Noonlight to watch me for my own safety,” Walsh said. “I think security, safety, the industry is really gaining momentum.”
Investigators say Ramsey was tracked in multiple counties. He faces charges in Habersham and Coweta counties.
“He’s where he needs to be,” Nix said.
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