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Safe Recoveries in Iowa:

Location: Perry, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, July 21, 2014

Perry, Iowa Police Department (Dallas County) “Calls started coming in a few minutes after calling A Child Is Missing and the child was found within 15 minutes. Thank you for your help!!” Wrote Communications Supervisor Lori Riley. She activated The Alert Monday, July 21, 2014. A 12 year old boy thought to be in need of medical attention was missing from his home and concern for his safety was growing. Nearly 700 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding his home. He was located safe about a mile away.


Location: Humboldt, IA

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Sunday, July 20, 2014

Humboldt, Iowa Police Department (Humboldt County) Sunday, July 20, 2014, Officer Jones called A Child Is Missing to activate The Alert. An 81 year old man had gone for a walk that morning and had not returned. Upon activation more than 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to the community asking anyone with information to contact the Police. In response the agency received 4 tips which assisted the agency in locating the man safe about a mile and a half away.


Location: Marshalltown, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Marshalltown, Iowa Police Department (Marshall County) “Child was located within 20 minutes of notifying ‘A Child Is Missing’, “said an official from the Marshalltown, Iowa Police Department. When an 8 year old reported to suffer from epilepsy did not come home from school on October 22, 2013, the agency activated The Alert. More than 1,400 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the bus stop where the boy had been dropped off. In response the agency received 7 tips which assisted them in locating the boy at a video store about 2 miles away.


Location: Humboldt, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Humboldt, Iowa Police Department (Humboldt County) Tuesday, July 2, 2013, A Child Is Missing Alert was contacted by Officer Jones in regards to a missing 9 year old girl. The girl was supposed to go swimming at a local community pool and had not returned home when expected. A Child Is Missing Alert placed nearly 1, 400 telephone alert calls to the community surrounding the pool as well as a nearby relative where it was guessed the girl might have headed toward. In response to the alert, the agency received several calls from residents. Tips received as a result assisted Police in locating the girl safe, over 1 mile away a short time later.


Location: Maquoketa, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, June 15, 2013

Maquoketa, Iowa Police Department (Jackson County) “Child was spotted by a person who received one of your calls,” wrote Dispatcher Kari Jones. The agency activated A Child Is Missing Alert on Saturday June 15, 2013 when a 10 year old boy went missing from his home that afternoon. Nearly 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home. The alert generated tips which assisted Police in locating the boy safe.


Location: Waterloo, IA

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Saturday, June 08, 2013

Waterloo, Iowa Police Department (Black Hawk County) “Missing person was located promptly directly relation to ACIM phone calls!” wrote Sergeant Rogers after he activated The Alert on Saturday June 6, 2013. An 85 year old man that had just moved to the city the previous day was reported missing from his home. More than 400 telephone alert calls were sent to the area giving the man’s description and asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact Police. The man was located safe a short time later approximately ½ mile away.


Location: Orange City, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sioux County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office Saturday, October 20, 2012, Deputy Devries called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 15 year old boy described as having a mental disorder was reported missing from a group home in Rock Valley. Upon activation nearly 900 telephone alert calls were sent to the residents and businesses in the area, asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact Police. In response the agency received tips which helped them locate the boy a short time later at an intersection approximately 7 miles away.


Location: Waterloo, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, September 13, 2012

Waterloo, Iowa (Black Hawk County) Police Department When a 10 year old girl was reported missing from her home in Waterloo on September 13, 2012, Dispatcher Stacy Hesse activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Captain Pillack at the scene. Nearly 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses near the girl’s home, asking residents to contact the Police with any information on the girl’s whereabouts. In response, more than 15 residents called in to the agency with information which helped Officers locate the girl a short time later about 3 miles from her residence.


Location: Humboldt, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Humboldt County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office Thursday, July 26, 2012, Sheriff Dean Kruger activated A Child Is Missing Alert in regards to a 14 year old boy that had been reported missing from the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Over 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses near the area, giving the boy’s description and asking anyone that might have information about him to call the Sheriff’s Office. In response a tip came in that helped deputies locate the boy safe walking along a road about a half mile from where he went missing. Total time from activation to safe recovery was a half hour.


Location: Ottumwa, IA

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ottumwa, Iowa (Wapello County) Police Department Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Sergeant Johnson called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 72 year old man suffering from diabetes had left that morning for a walk. It was growing dark and he had not yet returned. Concern for his safety was growing as he had not taken his medication which could be affecting his state of mind. Nearly 1,300 telephone alert calls were sent by A Child is Missing Alert surrounding the man’s home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response to the alert, tips were phoned into the department. According to the case follow-up from the department, “Numerous calls led officers in the direction of citizen sightings. He was found at a location called in by a citizen.” Total time from activation to safe recovery was under 1 hour.


Location: Davenport, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, April 14, 2012

Scott County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office The morning of April 14, 2012 a two year old boy was reported missing from his home in LeClaire. Dispatcher Vickie activated A Child Is Missing to assist Officer Cottrell at the scene. Over 600 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses, asking them to be on the lookout and to contact Police if they had any information on the missing boy. “Within minutes of activating this program, numerous people were providing information to police and out looking for the missing child,” said LeClaire Police Chief Brian Carsten. He also said the alert ‘ultimately led to the information that located the child.’ The boy was found safe a couple of houses away.


Location: Des Moines, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, March 19, 2012

Des Moines, Iowa (Polk County) Police Department The evening of Monday, March 19, 2012, Sergeant Bagby was leading his agency’s search for a missing 8 year old boy. A Child Is Missing Alert was activated to assist and nearly 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent to the area where the boy was last seen, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, a tip came in that helped Police to locate the boy safe approximately 1 mile from his last known location.


Location: Des Moines, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, March 10, 2012

Des Moines, Iowa (Polk County) Police Department On March 10, 2012, an 11 year old boy was reported missing to the Des Moines Police Department. Dispatcher Kasie contacted A Child Is Missing for Officer Andrew Phipps, who was leading the search. Nearly 1,700 telephone alert calls were sent surrounding two addresses where it was believed the boy could be. Residents who received the call were able to assist Police in locating him ½ mile away. Officer Phipps reported, “Numerous people in the neighborhood called in to assist in locating the child.”


Location: Davenport, IA

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Scott County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office The evening of Tuesday, November 8, 2011, Lieutenant Lame was leading the search for a missing 74 year old man. He had been reported missing from his home in a rural area of Donahue and hadn’t been seen since that Sunday, so it was uncertain what he was wearing and the man did not drive. The area was mostly wide open fields with very few houses, so it was uncertain where he could have gone. Over 700 telephone alert calls were sent over approximately 8 square miles, asking anyone that may have seen the man to contact the Sherriff’s Office. Less than a half hour after the alert calls went out, a local business about 3 miles from the man’s home had heard about the alert and called to report that the man was at the business. Officers responded and located the man safe.


Location: Davenport, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, October 06, 2011

Davenport, Iowa (Scott County) Police Department The afternoon of Thursday, October 6, 2011, Lt. Bladel was searching for two missing 6 year old boys that had not come home from school. Police, fire and other search volunteers had retraced the children’s walking path and could not find them. Dispatcher Tracy activated A Child Is Missing Alert hoping someone in the area had seen the children. According to the case follow-up from Lt. Bladel, within 16 minutes a resident that had received the alert saw the two boys playing in a yard outside her home. She called Police who responded and located the boys safe.


Location: Norwalk, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, May 14, 2011

Norwalk, Iowa (Warren County) Police Department The evening of Saturday, May 14, 2011, Sergeant Trevor Martin activated the A Child Is Missing Alert program regarding a nine year old girl that had last been seen with her babysitter. The babysitter had last seen her at 10am that morning and waited to report her missing. More than 1,100 alert calls were placed surrounding the girl’s home. In response, Police received more than 20 respondent calls from residents with information. One of those calls led Police to the girl safe, approximately one half mile from where she had gone missing. “I’ve used this program 3 times now with 100% success rate,” wrote Sgt Martin in the case follow-up. “Keep up the good work.”


Location: Marshalltown, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, March 06, 2011

Marshalltown, Iowa (Marshall County) Police Department Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 11:30pm, a frantic parent called to report an 8 year old boy missing. He had left to go skateboarding at 5pm and hadn’t been seen since. Marshalltown Police began an intensive search and activated A Child Is Missing which resulted in more than 900 alert calls being placed to the area surrounding the boy’s home. “You notified us at 2342 hours that the calls had gone out. We received a call 3 minutes later with his location,” according to Marshalltown Police. The boy had been playing with a friend whose mother received the alert and immediately called Police. The swift recovery time preserved Police resources and eased the family’s anguish.


Location: Humboldt, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, February 14, 2011

Humboldt County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office Monday, February 14, 2011, a call to A Child Is Missing ended an exhaustive search for law enforcement. A 14 year old girl had been missing for 7 days and Officers were concerned for her safety. More than 1,000 telephone alert calls were placed around the girl’s home and school, asking anyone with information to contact The Sheriff’s Office. According to Sheriff Kruger, “Once the calls went out, we received a lot of great calls. Eventually, we were told where she was. Once again, a great resource for us.” Ultimately, the girl was located safe, 15 miles from where she had gone missing. This marked ACIM’s fourth safe assisted recovery for Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.


Location: Perry, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, September 06, 2010

Perry, Iowa (Dallas County) Police Department Monday, September 6, 2010, a call to A Child Is Missing Alert ended an exhaustive search for law enforcement officers. A 14 year old girl had run away the evening of September 3rd and Officers were concerned for her safety. More than 3,800 alert calls were placed surrounding the girl’s residence, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, more than 15 calls with information came in. Residents who had seen the girl provided numerous tips, and within two hours of the alert calls being placed, Police located the girl safe, approximately 2 miles from where she had gone missing.


Location: Iowa Falls, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, May 27, 2010

Iowa Falls, Iowa (Hardin County) Police Department May 27, 2010, an 8 year old boy was last seen riding away on his sister’s 10 speed bicycle. After not being able to locate the boy, his mother contacted the Iowa Falls Police Department and reported him missing. Authorities wasted no time in activating A Child Is Missing Alert to assist in the safe recovery of the child. Less than 30 minutes after calls went out, a woman contacted the police and notified them that the missing boy was at her house, approximately 2 miles from his last seen address. The woman and her husband had observed the boy heading down a path to get to a dam. The area below the dam has steep cliffs and fast turning water. Upon receiving the alert call, the couple followed the child and retrieved him, possibly averting a tragedy.


Location: Humboldt, IA

Type of Case: Child

Date Recovered: Thursday, January 28, 2010

When a non-custodial mother abducted her one year old daughter, The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office activated A Child is Missing Alert. More than 3,300 alert calls were placed around the 100 block of Hall Street, where the child was last seen. As a result of those alert calls, the Sheriff’s office received 20 phone calls with information, enabling them to locate the child safe and sound.


Location: Marshalltown, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, January 14, 2010

Marshalltown, Iowa (Marshall County) Police Department On January 14, 2010, two brothers ran away from their mother at the local elementary school, one of whom has autism. Police began the search by activating A Child is Missing Alert and nearly 1700 alert calls with the boys’ description were placed surrounding the school. Fifteen alert call recipients contacted Marshalltown Police including two callers who had spotted the boys. As a result, Police located the boys safe at 8pm some eight tenths of a mile from the school.


Location: Iowa Falls, IA

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Friday, December 11, 2009

Iowa Falls, Iowa (Hardin County) Police Department An 81 year old woman in need of medical attention had gone missing from the 100 block of Rocksylvania Avenue in Iowa City, Iowa at approximately 8:15am on Friday, December 11, 2009. Iowa Falls Police called A Child Is Missing and, while activating the Alert Program, made cell phone contact with the woman. When the woman hung up and Police were unable to verify her location, A Child Is Missing launched more than 1,300 alert calls to the area surrounding where the woman was thought to be. As a result of those alert calls, Police received 15 calls from the public with information that did lead to the woman’s whereabouts. Ultimately she was located at 9:16am approximately ¼ mile from where she had last been seen.


Location: Maquoketa, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, September 10, 2009

Maquoketa, Iowa (Jackson County) Police Department The Maquoketa, Iowa Police Department contacted the A Child Is Missing Alert Program on September 10, 2009 as they were searching for a 13 year old boy who had gone missing from the 200 block of North Olive Street in Maquoketa that morning. After nearly 1,800 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the boy had last been seen, 15-20 calls with information were placed by area residents to Maquoketa Police. Information from those calls enabled Police to safely located the boy walking near a park approximately two miles from where he had gone missing.


Location: Marshalltown, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, September 03, 2009

Marshalltown, Iowa (Marshall County) Police Department When a five year old boy went missing in Marshalltown, Iowa, “the child was located by a citizen in the area who had received an alert call,” said Teresa Lang, Marshalltown Police Communications Supervisor. The boy had been reported missing from the area of 1st Street and Madison Street in Marshalltown on September 3, 2009—having last been seen at approximately 4:00pm. Officer Todd Tuttle was working the case and quickly ensured A Child Is Missing was notified. More than 1,800 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the boy had last been seen and within minutes he was located safely.


Location: Ottumwa, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, July 25, 2009

Ottumwa, Iowa (Wapello County) Police Department Two children, a six year old boy and a seven year old boy, went missing in Ottumwa, Iowa and Ottumwa Police Sergeant Chad Farrington activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to assist his agency’s search for them. The boys were believed to be missing together and had last been seen at Union Park at 11:30am on July 25, 2009. After more than 1,700 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the park, Ottumwa Police received a single call—from a woman who had found the boys. A “resident heard your message,” said Sergeant Farrington, she “left her house and saw both children and matched [their] description perfectly.”


Location: Davenport, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, July 24, 2009

Scott County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office A 10 year old boy who had gone missing from Le Claire, Iowa on July 24, 2009 was found, “in wooded area near his residence,” according to Scott County, Iowa Dispatcher Kathy Schwarz. The boy had last been seen at 7:45pm that day and the Scott County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to assist their search. After more than 2,700 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the boy had last been seen, law enforcement received eight phone calls from the public with information. That information led them to the boy who was found safe near a neighbor’s residence.


Location: Norwalk, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, May 30, 2009

Norwalk, Iowa (Warren County) Police Department An 11 year old boy went missing from the 200 block of Spruce Avenue in Norwalk, Iowa on May 30, 2009 and Norwalk Police began a search. After activating the A Child Is Missing Alert Program, approximately 1,300 alert calls were placed to the search area. Once of those calls was received by a woman who, in turn, called Norwalk Police. “The caller was receiving the [A Child Is Missing] message while she watched the boy out her window,” said a Norwalk Police official. The information she provided enabled Norwalk Police to locate the boy safe ½ mile from where he had gone missing.


Location: Camanche, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, May 16, 2009

“First time we have had to use [the Alert] Program, “said Camanche, Iowa Assistant Police Chief Bill Lodge after activating A Child Is Missing on the morning of May 16, 2009 regarding a 10 year old boy who had gone missing. The boy had last been seen on a bicycle in the 1600 block of 8th Street in Camanche and was thought to be in need of medical attention. As a result of 3,600 alert calls being placed to the area, more than 10 calls with information were received by Police leading to the boy’s whereabouts. “What an awesome program,” Lodge said, “highly recommended.”


Location: Humboldt, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, May 11, 2009

“Great system—thanks for your help,” said Sheriff Dean Kruger of Humboldt County, Iowa of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program after its activation led to the safe locating of a 15 year old boy who had gone missing in that county on May 11, 2009. Humboldt County Deputy Tim Fisher activated the Alert Program after the boy was reported missing from the 400 block of South Taft Street in Humboldt, Iowa at 8:15am that day. More than 2,000 alert calls were placed to the area being searched and approximately 30 calls with information from the public were generated as a result. Information from those calls led Deputies to the boy’s location and, ultimately, his being reunited with his family.


Location: Des Moines, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, November 21, 2008

On the morning of November 21, 2008, the Des Moines, Iowa Police Department located a child approximately three years of age and began a search for the child’s family. To assist the search, Des Moines Police phoned A Child Is Missing which placed more than 3,500 alert calls. The alert message described the girl, her clothing, and her approximately and asked that anyone with knowledge of the girl or her family call Police. One of the alert calls was received by a woman who helped the girl’s family when they first came to the United States. The woman recognized the girl’s first name which Police were able to ascertain and the girl was reunited with her family.


Location: Des Moines, IA

Type of Case: Found Child

Date Recovered: Friday, July 04, 2008

A three year old boy went missing in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday, July 4, 2008 at approximately 7:30am and Des Moines Police Sergeant Heller called A Child Is Missing. The child was located just 10 minutes after the alert calls were launched in the area surrounding the 900 block of 31st Street in Des Moines. “A great tool,” Sergeant Heller said, “the volume of calls put out in the short time was great.” The boy had been located on 31st Street at the I-235 overpass—approximately three blocks from his aunt’s home.


Location: Humboldt, IA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, May 25, 2008

The “child was located about 20 minutes after the call went out… Great system, will use it again if needed… Easy to use,” were the comments about the A Child Is Missing Alert Program from Sheriff Dean Kruger of Humboldt County, Iowa. This after his agency activated the Alert Program in search of a 16 year old girl who had gone missing from Livermore, Iowa on May 24, 2008. In this rural area, less than 1,000 alert calls were launched resulting in approximately 12 calls with information to the Sheriff’s Office. This information led deputies to the missing girl who was safely reunited with her family.


Location: Cedar Falls, IA

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Sunday, August 05, 2007

Cedar Falls, IA (Black Hawk County) – A ten year old child went missing on August 5, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. The University of Northern Iowa PD contacted A Child Is Missing for help. Utilizing satellite mapping, nearly 1300 Alert Calls were launched. The child was located the following day just outside “Happy Joes” when accurate tips were received as to the general location he had been seen walking.


Location: Montezuma, IA

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Friday, June 08, 2007

Montezuma, IA (Poweshiek) – The Poweshiek County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office had not activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program prior to June 8, 2007. However, at 10:00am on that day two children went missing from Montezuma, Iowa and they quickly called A Child Is Missing to use the Alert Program for the first time. Within 15 minutes after calling A Child Is Missing, Poweshiek County Deputies responded to a call from someone who had received the alert call and saw both children in a trailer. The children were safe and reunited with their parents.


Location: Maquoketa, IA

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Saturday, October 07, 2006

Maquoketa, IA – On Friday, October 6, 2006, the Maquoketa Police Department began a search for a pair of young boys who had run away from their homes—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 by the A Child Is Missing alert program. Upon taking the report, Chief Brad Koranda 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 they was last seen area was ringing with calls requesting those in the area to check their yards and complexes for the missing children. Police received approximately thirty calls including one from a neighbor who spotted the boys running through the backyards of her neighborhood. The recovered boys were reunited with their parents within thirty minutes of them being reported to ACIM. In a letter from the Maquoketa Police Department, they were quoted as saying: “A Child Is Missing was very useful and it did result in finding the two boys”.

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