Tools available to locate friends, family in Boston

5:40 PM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
Runners gather at Boston Marathon Photo by: Getty Images/Alex Trautwig
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CHICAGO - Google is stepping in to help family and friends of Boston Marathon runners find their loved ones after explosions near the finish line.

The site, called Google Person Finder, allows users to enter the name of a person they're looking for or enter information about someone who is there.

Cellphone use has been difficult in the Boston area. A law enforcement official says cell service was shut down to prevent any possible remote detonations of explosives. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

Far-flung family members and friends are frantically using social media to check on the safety of runners and spectators after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon, killing two and injuring dozens.

If you'd like to search for someone using Google Person Finder, click here.

The Red Cross also offers a similar service to search for people who may be affected by a disaster. The Safe and Well site allows people to enter information regarding their welfare so friends and family can check their status. You can access that website by clicking here.

A number has also been set up for family members of victims or potential victims at 617-635-4500.

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