Cry for help: Using social media to find people and save lives

UPDATED: January 3 at 12:14 p.m.

Social media is becoming more and more pervasive in our lives and we are becoming very busy thanks to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, G+ and more.

But now people are beginning to use social media sites like Facebook in ways that are changing lives.

In St. Paul Minnesota, a

15-year-old boy heard his mother cry for help

and alerted the police that she was being attacked ... via Facebook.

In Utah, a woman being

held hostage for 5 days used Facebook

from a laptop in a closet to tell police that she and her 17-month-old son would be "dead by morning" if they weren't rescued.

Now KHQA's sister station

KVII out of Amarillo

, Texas is reporting that one father was able to use an online plea to find his runaway daughter.

Amarillo runaway, Haley Wilson, has been found according to a Tweet today by her father on Twitter.

It's a story that drew worldwide attention when her father appealed to the masses last week. He used the power of social media to help find Haley.

Haley left her home through her bedroom window sometime the night of Monday, December 26. Ray said they noticed when they woke up and Haley was gone.

Click here to see the Facebook page set up to help in the search.

"She was gone," he said. "Her window was open, her bedding was gone and so was her guitar."

His YouTube video was viewed more than 620,000 in just a handful of days.

Ray is now headed to San Diego, according to a current Tweet.

Raw video of Ray Wilson's exclusive interview with KVII Pronews 7 from last week:

(Original Story by Travis Ruiz at KVII in Amarillo, Texas.

Click here

to follow the developing story on KVII's website.)