A story that all too often ends in tragedy instead ended in triumph when a little girl, abducted from her home in a small Texas town, was safely reunited with her family.

This happy ending is due in part to Thomson Reuters’ powerful investigative platform CLEAR – a search tool encompassing a vast collection of public and proprietary records. In this kidnapping case, police had only scant evidence that didn’t seem to connect, until a search in CLEAR revealed information that led police to the little girl, who was unharmed, and her kidnapper, who was apprehended.

Realizing the real-life impact that CLEAR, and its other search tools Westlaw PeopleMap and Batch Services, can have, Thomson Reuters Risk, Fraud and Investigations business is offering three $10,000 awards, in the form of charitable donations, to customers who experience success stories like this while using these products.

The donations, known as the Hero Award, are being offered in three categories: corporate, law firm, and government and law enforcement. The prizes will be given to approved Hero Award-sponsored charities – such as the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the National Military Family Association and the Innocence Project – on behalf of the winners.

Each submitted success story must involve the use of a Thomson Reuters online public records product. Individuals or teams may enter. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges on how well they exemplify the following principles:

• Building a safer community
• Upholding justice
• Protecting a client’s interests
• Mitigating risk
• Uncovering or preventing fraud
• Achieving a breakthrough within an investigation
• Recovering lost assets

Success stories must be submitted via the Hero Award website by midnight August 15, 2011. Winners will be notified by September 30, 2011.

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