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Safe Recoveries in Connecticut:

Location: Middletown, CT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, December 14, 2012

Connecticut State Police The afternoon of Sunday, December 16, 2012, a 14 year old boy with autism was reported missing from his home in East Granby. Sergeant Kraynak activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist in the search and over 800 telephone alert calls were sent to the area giving the boy’s description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, 8 tips were called in. According to the follow-up, “The service worked very well and the agency received phone calls from neighbors having reported seeing the missing child earlier. This really helped.” The boy was found a short time later near a wooded path, safe.


Location: Waterford, CT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Waterford, Connecticut Police Department (New London) The afternoon of Wednesday, October 31, 2012, Sergeant Silva called A Child Is Missing to activate the alert. A 15 year old had gone missing from his home in Quaker Hill earlier that morning and concern for his safety was growing. Over 700 telephone alert calls were sent to residents in the area. In response, parents that received the alert and knew the boy recognized him as he exited from under a nearby bridge. Police were notified and he was returned home, safe.


Location: Old Saybrook, CT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, September 22, 2012

Old Saybrook, Connecticut (Middlesex County) Police Department The morning of Saturday, September 22, 2012, Dispatcher Pardise activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Patrolman Dellma in the search for a 13 year old boy that was thought to be in need of medical attention. Over 700 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home, giving his general description and asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to call Police. In response, a sighting of the boy was received. Police responded to the area of the sighting and searched the area. The boy was located hiding in a wooded area of a nearby park, ending the search. Total time from activation to safe recovery was under an hour.


Location: Torrington, CT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, May 03, 2012

Torrington, Connecticut (Litchfield County) Police Department According to the case follow-up report, “One phone call led to another number of the person that picked up the missing person. Thanks for the help!” The person was a 14 year old girl that was reported missing on May 3, 2012. Officer Cobb activated A Child Is Missing and over 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent surrounding the region where the girl was last seen. Tips received enabled Police to locate the girl safe approximately 8 miles away later that afternoon.


Location: Torrington, CT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, September 29, 2011

Torrington, Connecticut (Litchfield County) Police Department Friday, September 29, 2011, the family of a 13 year old boy contacted Police when he did not return from school. Officer Mumm was leading the search and contacted A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency. More than 1,800 telephone alert calls were sent encompassing both the school and the boy’s home. In response, 5 respondent calls came in to the agency. In addition, according to the follow-up sent to ACIM, “The alert helped neighbors and friends of the missing child to connect on Facebook which resulted in the child being located.” This is a great example of law enforcement and the community coming together to help reunite a family. It is also a great example of the positive use of social media.


Location: Middletown, CT

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Saturday, September 19, 2009

Middletown, Connecticut (Middlesex County) Police Department At 10:00am on Saturday, September 19, 2009, a 73 year old man in need of medical attention went missing from the 300 block of Plaza Drive in Middletown, Connecticut. Middletown Police activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program which resulted in nearly 2,500 alert calls being placed to the area surrounding where the man had last been seen. As a result of those alert calls, at approximately 5:00pm, the man was found safe between ½ and ¾ of a mile from where he had gone missing.


Location: Hartford, CT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, April 18, 2009

Two teenagers, boyfriend and girlfriend, went missing simultaneously from Hartford, Connecticut and Police there believed they had gone missing together. Hartford Police began their search immediately after the case was reported to them at 4:00pm on April 17, 2009. More than 4,700 alert calls were placed to the area in question after the A Child Is Missing Alert Program was activated by Hartford Police Detective Foster. According to Foster, Hartford Police “received [a] phone tip that [the] juveniles were headed to a local mall and [they] were subsequently located there.” The mall was approximately 10 miles from where they had last been seen.


Location: Clinton, CT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, January 07, 2009

On the morning of January 7, 2009, Clinton, Connecticut Police Detective Brian Pelligreni called the A Child Is Missing Alert Program seeking assistance in his agency’s search for an 11 year old boy who had gone missing the evening before. After more than 2,000 alert calls were placed in the area surrounding the intersection of Indian Drive and Mohawk Drive in Clinton where the boy had last been seen, Clinton Police received a call in response. That call led them directly to where the boy was hiding from police—just two houses away from where he was last seen.


Location: Meriden, CT

Type of Case: Missing Elderly

Date Recovered: Friday, March 07, 2008

Chester, CT (Middlesex County) - Shortly after noon on Monday, March 7, 2008 an elderly man in need of medical assistance went missing from the 200 block of Middlesex Avenue in Chester, Connecticut (Middlesex County). A Short time later Connecticut State Police invoked the assistance of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. After nearly 1,000 alert phone calls were launched, State Police received a few calls from concerned citizens—one of which led them to the missing man.


Location: Middletown, CT

Type of Case: Missing Elderly

Date Recovered: Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Middletown, CT (Middlesex County) - At 7:14pm on November 28, 2007, Middletown, Connecticut Police Officer Petrulis called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program in hopes of locating a 78 year old woman with Alzheimer’s who had gone missing two hours earlier. After more than 1,800 alert calls were launched—generating 20-30 calls to Middletown Police from alert citizens—the woman was located in the parking lot of Saint Pius Church where authorities tended to her before reuniting her with her family.


Location: Middletown, CT

Type of Case: Missing Elderly

Date Recovered: Monday, June 25, 2007

Waterford, CT (New London) - Waterford, Connecticut Police Detective Hurley activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program at 5:15pm on June 25, 2007—less than two hours after an 84 year old woman had last been seen. After receiving one of the alert phone calls launched by A Child Is Missing, a neighbor of the missing woman advised police the woman had been seen headed in a specific direction. This information redirected the Waterford Police search efforts resulting in a K-9 locating the woman one-and-a-half miles inside a heavily wooded area. The terrain in that area permitted only a foot search which located the woman dehydrated and disoriented. After being treated at a local hospital, she was released to her family.


Location: Middletown, CT

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Friday, November 10, 2006

Niantic / East Lyme, CT – On Friday, November 10, 2006, the Connecticut State Police began a search for a 8 year-old boy who had gone missing from his school - a search that ended with a response to one of the hundreds of automated phone calls that had been placed to the area adjacent to his home and school by the A Child Is Missing alert program. Upon taking the report, Sergeant Paul Gately called the toll free number for the A Child Is Missing alert program, provided key information to the technician, and, shortly after, the region where he was last seen area was ringing with calls requesting those in the area to check their yards and complexes for the missing youth. Police received numerous calls including one from a resident who spotted the boy. The youth was recovered safe and sound a short time later. Quote Sgt. Gately: “We did indeed receive several calls during this investigation with the most important one coming from the folks that located the child. The people who located him had heard that he was missing through a friend who received the message on her answering machine. When the child was located walking in the back yard of a home in his own neighborhood the folks at this residence called State Police and welcomed the child into their home until our arrival minutes later. Although there were several resources utilized throughout the search, including search dogs and the State Police Helicopter, the boy made it clear upon being interviewed that he was trying to hide from those searching for him and at one point hid in an unlocked shed. The community response to the telephone message from ACIM was overwhelming. Within minutes of the calls being placed, several individuals and families got in their vehicles and saturated the area in their own attempt to aid in the search. Everyone I spoke to was very positive about being notified and it seemed that there was a community effort that took place in trying to locate the boy. I learned of this service just the day before at a law enforcement council meeting and I was fortunate enough to be able to utilize it in this case. I certainly appreciate having this resource available and plan to share this positive experience with my friends and colleague in the law enforcement community. I feel that the ability to disseminate descriptive information to the community will be crucial in aiding in these types of cases in the future. Thanks again, and keep up the good work.”


Location: Old Saybrook, CT

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Middlesex County, Old Saybrook, CT – On the evening of Tuesday, November 7, 2006, the Old Saybrook Police Department received a report of a missing 18 year old from town. After several hours of searching and investigation, it was decided to utilize the “A Child Is Missing Alert” program. Officer Sam Barnes called the toll free number for the A Child Is Missing alert program, provided key information to the technician, and, shortly after, the region where he was last seen area was ringing with calls requesting those in the area to check their yards and complexes for the missing child. Less than 20 minutes after the alert calls were made, the police department received information and was able to locate and return the youth home. A neighbor of the missing youth received the phone message alert, and advised a delivery truck driver who was at his house to be aware of the missing person and gave him the description. Shortly after, the delivery driver observed a youth matching the description walking on nearby train tracks. The driver contacted Old Saybrook Police as directed and Police Officers checked that area and located the youth, who was returned home without incident. Quote Officer Sam Barnes: “This is the first time our department has used this program, and we could not be more pleased with the professional and dedicated staff at A Child Is Missing”.


Location: Derby, CT

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Derby, CT – On Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 the Derby Police Department (New Haven County) began a search for a 15 year-old girl who had gone missing from her home—a search that ended with a response to one of the 1,809 automated phone calls that had been placed to the area adjacent to her home by the A Child Is Missing alert program. Upon taking the report, the Derby Police Department called the toll free number for the A Child Is Missing alert program, provided key information to the technician, and, shortly after, the Derby area was ringing with calls requesting those in the area to check their yards and complexes for the missing boy. Police received several calls and one led Deputies to the location of the girl

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