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Safe Recoveries in Idaho:

Location: Twin Falls, ID

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Twin Falls, Idaho Police Department (Twin Falls County) After A Child Is Missing Alert Program had placed more than 3,700 alert calls in Twin Falls, Idaho, “We did receive a few calls after you were advised of Sarah being missing. She was found safely. She was with her peer counselor,” Dispatcher Tina Kelley stated in the response to a case follow-up report to A Child Is Missing. On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Dispatcher Tina Kelley activated A Child Is Missing Alert program in an effort to locate a 10 year old girl who was reported missing from her school in Twin Falls. After the girl’s disappearance was reported to Police, the alert calls were launched into the area surrounding the girl’s school, giving a general description of the missing girl and requesting anyone with information about the child to contact the Police. Tips from the alert calls and area searchers provided information that helped officers locate Sarah, who had in fact returned home on her own accord, safe and unharmed that evening; about 1.2 miles from where she had last been seen.


Location: Meridian, ID

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, December 01, 2013

Meridian, Idaho Police Department (Ada County) Sunday, December 1, 2013, Sgt. Fiscus activated A Child Is Missing Alert. Sgt. Fiscus was leading the search for a 2 year old girl missing from her home in Meridian. Nearly 2,220 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the girl’s residence which resulted in several tips from the community. “It was amazing how quickly people showed up to the scene. They were also calling Dispatch to help. The local news did a story about “A Child is Missing” the next day”, stated Sgt. Fiscus. The child was safely located a short time later.


Location: Nampa, ID

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, June 15, 2013

Nampa, Idaho Police Department (Canyon County) Saturday, June 15, 2013, a 10 year old boy was reported missing from his home in Nampa. There was additional concern for his safety as the boy was reported to have Asperger’s. Patrolman Friedli activated A Child is Missing Alert to assist the agency and more than 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the area asking anyone with information on the boy’s whereabouts to contact Police. In response, the agency received tips which assisted them in locating the boy safe about 7 miles away from his home.


Location: Wendell, ID

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, June 14, 2013

Wendell, Idaho Police Department (Gooding County) Friday, June 14, 2013, Dispatcher Ashlee activated A Child Is Missing Alert. Officer Miller was leading the search for a 4 year old girl missing from her home in Wendell. Nearly 400 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the girl’s home which resulted in several tips from the community. These tips assisted Police in locating the girl safe about 2 blocks away.


Location: Gooding, ID

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, May 31, 2013

Gooding, Idaho Police Department (Gooding County) The morning of Friday, May 31, 2013, Sergeant Bunderson called A Child Is Missing Alert seeking assistance in the agency’s search for a missing 15 year old boy. The boy had last been seen at 11:30pm the previous evening and concern for his safety was growing. A Child Is Missing placed out more than 1,000 telephone alert calls in search of the boy. Several residents contacted Police with information which assisted Police in locating the boy safe that afternoon about 1 mile away from his home.


Location: Homedale, ID

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Homedale, Idaho (Owyhee Perce County) Police Department When a 3 year old girl was reported missing from her home on Oregon Avenue on May 30, 2012, Corporal Montes activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency with the search. Upon activation, nearly 500 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the girl’s home, giving the girl’s physical description and asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact the department. The girl was located safe a short time later. According to the case follow-up report by Corporal Montes, “There were a lot of volunteers, about 100-150 people. This was the most volunteers we have seen come together, this program was very successful and helpful in finding the missing child.”


Location: Caldwell, ID

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, February 10, 2012

Canyon County, Idaho Sheriff’s Office “A Child Is Missing Alert was sent out at 7:40pm on 2/10/12 for the child. Within an hour of the alert, a woman who had received a phone call recognized the girl and called into dispatch. The girl was returned home safe and unharmed.” This was written in the follow-up by Deputy Bruni who activated the Alert to assist his agency in finding a 12 year old girl that had gone missing after leaving a note to her family. More than 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent asking residents to contact The Sheriff’s Office if they had any information on the girl’s whereabouts. Ultimately she was found 1mile away from her home.


Location: Lewiston, ID

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, August 22, 2011

Lewiston, Idaho (Nez Perce County) Police Department In the early morning hours of Monday, August 22, 2011, a young toddler was found near Pioneer Park in Lewiston. The child could not give his name, appeared to be little more than a year old, and was wearing only a t shirt and diaper. A quick canvas of the area by Corporal Hopple did not glean any details on where the child belonged. A Child Is Missing Alert was activated by dispatcher Lea Ana to assist the agency and approximately 800 calls were sent to the area surrounding the park, giving the child’s general description and asking anyone who might know the child to contact Police. In response, 4 tips were received which enabled Police to locate the boy’s home, approximately ¼ mile from the park.


Location: Emmett, ID

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Gem County, Idaho Sheriff’s Office At midnight on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, The Gem County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the worried father of a missing 14 year old boy suffering from autism. The boy had been in his room doing homework when his father checked on him at 9pm. When his father came to check on him again at midnight, he was nowhere to be found. Deputy Wonder activated A Child Is Missing and over 400 alert phone calls were launched with the boy’s description, requesting neighbors and businesses to contact Police if they had any information on the boy’s whereabouts. Approximately six hours after the alert calls launched, Police received a call from a couple that had received the alert call that morning and spotted the boy walking down a road near their home. They stopped the boy, called The Sheriff’s Office, and waited with him until Deputies arrived.


Location: Lewiston, ID

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, May 22, 2010

Lewiston, Idaho (Nez Perce County) Police Department On May 22, 2010, Officer Thueson activated A Child Is Missing Alert when a 6 year old boy went missing from his elementary school. More than 1,600 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the school, asking anyone with information to contact the Police. In response, Police received numerous calls from the public. One resident located the boy, approximately a quarter mile from where he had gone missing. The boy was reunited with his parent, safe. The total time from activation of the alert to safe recovery of the child was 30 minutes, thus preserving law enforcement time, and resources.


Location: Lewiston, ID

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, February 06, 2010

Lewiston, Idaho (Nez Perce County) Police Department “A Citizen received the call and was familiar with the child – located him on the roadway and returned him home, “said Lewiston, Idaho Dispatcher Lana MacArthur. This came after the A Child is Missing Alert program was activated by Lewiston Police who were searching for a 9 year old boy who had gone missing February 10, 2010. More than 3,700 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the intersection of 16th Avenue and 8th Street, where the boy was last seen. He was found safe approximately 1 mile from where he had gone missing.


Location: Lewiston, ID

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Thursday, May 08, 2008

A resident of Lewiston, Idaho, who learned of a missing 88 year old woman from a neighbor who had received an alert call from A Child Is Missing, was able to provide valuable information to Lewiston Police that led to the missing woman’s recovery. The woman had gone missing from the 600 block of 20th Avenue in Lewiston shortly before 7:00pm on May 8, 2008 and Police called A Child Is Missing shortly after learning of it. More than 2,300 alert calls were sent to the area resulting in more than 25 calls from alert residents to Police.

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