Authorities warn parents of ‘troubling new online challenge’ that encourages teens to go missing

SOMERSET, MASS. (WHDH) - Authorities are warning parents of a troubling new online trend known as the “48-Hour Challenge,” during which teens pretend to go missing.

In a statement issued Thursday, Somerset Police Chief and SEMLEC Search and Rescue Control Chief George M. McNeil and the members of the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council warned parents of the “48-Hour Challenge” and asked them to talk to their children about the risks and consequences of taking part.