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More than two-thousand children go missing each day in the U.S. and there's an organization in Alabama hoping to lower that number.

It's already helped solve one case in Huntsville and is now working on one in Heflin. Members are driving home a message, they're ready to make a difference.

Every mile on the road, these bikers are thinking about their next turn.

Victor Landreth says, "Our children are our future. We have to help protect them." Victor Landreth lets Johnny Vaughn lead the way. They stop at this convenience store near Heflin. "This little girl's missing. Can we put this up in the window?"

Victor Landreth  says, "Bikers are just wonderful, giving people. They're so happy to get out and help. This was the best way I knew to give back to my communities."

"Bikers Urban Response Needed" or Burn formed this year in Alabama.

It's part of a national biker group that has helped find more than 200 missing children ages 11 to 16. Bikers start searching once a parent fills out a request form on the Center for Search and Investigations website.

"We'll start going out looking for them, we'll build info as where they were last seen, what they were last wearing."

On their own time and for no pay. Heflin police say the more eyes - the better! Bikers can help get leads.

Landreth says, "Because we're bikers and the stigmatism that goes around with us, very few people will want to mess with us."

The groups hopes to spread the word on what they do.

Mayor Rudy Rooks says "Anytime you have extra eyes or extra boots on the ground doing something like this, it takes a lot of pressure off law enforcement."

Johnny Vaughn says,  "We understand they can't be everywhere all the time, so we're that extra hand and all law enforcement we've come in contract with, they've welcomed us with open arms. even though we're bikers, that's okay."

So far, one child has been found in Alabama - but these bikers are making it their mission to help as many families possible - driving as many miles as it takes.

If a BURN member finds a child, law enforcement must be called and take over the situation. There are 21 members in the Alabama chapter, but the group welcomes more to join.

For more information, you can search Center for Search & Investigations on Facebook.

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