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Age progression tech to help police find missing kids: How well does it work?

To help solve cold cases of missing children, law enforcement agencies increasingly rely on age progression technology that tries to show what kids who vanished years ago might look like as grown-ups today.

But how well does age progression technology work? As an experiment, Rossen Reports supplied an independent forensic artist with photos of TODAY national investigative correspondent at age 8 (along with photos of his parents and his brother; family photos are important to the process) without identifying Rossen as the subject of the photos.

The artist strove to show what Rossen would look like at his present age of 38 — and the results were dramatic. Slide your cursor over the image below to contrast the artist's rendition with the real present-day Rossen. (Age progression by Phojoe.com.)

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