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Safe Recoveries in Kentucky:

Location: Paducah, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, March 22, 2014

McCracken County, Kentucky - Paducah Police Department “Several people called throughout the day asking if the call was a scam, but several people called after seeing the child. An officer did find him in good health and he went back to parents.” This was written by Dispatcher Brandy Garrett who activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Officer Linda Hodsen, who was leading the search on Saturday, March 22, 2014 to locate a 10 year old boy that was reported missing from his home in Paducah. Over 8,500 telephone alert calls were placed surrounding the boy’s home, giving the boy’s description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. Within a few minutes of the alert going out, 50 or more calls came in from residents with information as to a possible sighting. One tip in particular was from a woman driving, who reported seeing someone matching the boy’s description at the intersection of Harahan and Jefferson, who was flagging down cars saying he was looking for his Mother. With this information, Police were able to track the boy to an address about one (1) mile away from his home and found him safe and uninjured. The parents of the boy were reunited with their son a short time later.


Location: Murray, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, January 9, 2014

Calloway County, Kentucky Police Department Thursday, January 9, 2014, a 16 year old girl was reported missing from her home in Dexter and Calloway County Deputies were active in the search. Deputy Gene Johnson activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Major Clayton Hendricks at the scene and nearly 100 alert calls were sent to the rural area. According to Major Hendricks, the young lady walked away from home to go to school, but because of the extremely cold weather conditions, there was no school. She went to a neighbor’s house about one mile down the road to use the phone and stayed in the residence to keep warm. The activated alert was received at the home and the resident called the Sheriff’s Office to report the girl at her residence. Police responded to the location and found the girl, approximately 1 mile from where she had gone missing.


Location: Murray, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, March 29, 2013

Calloway County, Kentucky Police Department “A neighbor that received the call was out driving area roads and found the boys walking on a gravel road approximately 4 miles south of the residence. They had slept under a rock covered up with leaves.” This was written by Major Hendricks after his agency activated A Child Is Missing on March 28, 2013. Two boys ages 5 and 7 went missing while playing in the woods behind their grandmother’s house. Nearly 400 telephone alert calls were sent to the rural area to assist in the search which stretched through the night. The boys were located safe the next morning.


Location: Dayton, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dayton, Kentucky Police Department (Campbell County) When a 16 year old girl went missing in Dayton, KY on January 10, 2013 and never returned home, Dayton Police began a search. That search included contacting and activating the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. Over 1,700 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 800 block of O’Fallon Avenue where the girl had last been seen. As a result of those alert calls, the girl was found safe about 2 miles away.


Location: Murray, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Calloway County, Kentucky Police Department Wednesday, November 7, 2012, a 14 year old girl ran away from her home in New Concord and Calloway County Deputies were active in the search. Dispatcher Stein activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Sergeant Charles Tidwell at the scene and nearly 300 alert calls were sent to the rural area. A couple received the alert with the girl’s description and a short time later the girl stopped at their home to ask directions. The couple managed to distract the girl while they called the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrived and returned the girl unharmed to her family.


Location: Independence, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, July 28, 2012

Kenton County, Kentucky Police Department The late afternoon of Saturday, July 28, 2012, Sergeant Ben Wilson called A Child Is Missing Alert. His agency had found a 7 year old boy playing by himself in some pools of rainwater and was attempting to locate where he belonged. The boy was able to give basic information but was not able to tell Police where he lived. Upon activation, A Child Is Missing placed out about 400 telephone alert calls near where the boy was found. As a result, “We received a call from a neighbor telling us where the child lived so we were able to locate his mom,” wrote Sergeant Wilson.


Location: Erlanger, KY

Type of Case: Silver Alert

Date Recovered: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Erlanger, Kentucky (Kenton County) Police Department Wednesday, June 20, 2012, Lead Communications Officer Josh Fields called A Child Is Missing asking to activate an Alert. An 85 year old man reported to have memory loss had not returned home as expected from church and concern for his safety was growing. Upon activation nearly 800 telephone calls were sent to residents and businesses encompassing both the area around both the man’s home and the area around the church. About 10 tips were called into the department, which assisted Officers in locating the man safe in a wooded area about 1.5 miles away later that evening.


Location: Ft Thomas, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fort Thomas, Kentucky (Campbell County) Police Department The afternoon of Tuesday, September 20, 2011, a 7 year old girl was reported missing when she did not return home from school in Fort Thomas. The girl had always been prompt and on time in the past and her father had contacted all of her friends and checked all the places he could think of in addition to contacting Police. Officer Thomas Carr responded and activated A Child Is Missing to assist. Over 1,500 telephone alert calls went to the community surrounding the girl’s home. In response the agency received approximately 20 calls with information. Several adults called in that reported seeing her walking home with another child. Those tips lead to other tips and eventually word spread until it got to the house where the girl was at, prompting the girl to call home and finally she returned home, safe.


Location: Paducah, KY

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Tuesday, August 16, 2011

McCracken County, Kentucky Police Department A 53 year old nonverbal stroke patient went missing in Paducah, Kentucky on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 1:40pm. Deputy Carter activated A Child Is Missing shortly after they were made aware of the missing man and more than 1,300 alert calls were placed to the area he was last seen. The street the man was missing from was a busy main road, and those businesses had seen the man travelling and called into the Police department when they received the alert to report the sightings. Those tips enabled Police to develop a direction and speed of travel for the missing man. Eventually the man was located at a local business approximately one half mile away from where he had gone missing. Total time from activation to safe recovery was one hour.


Location: Bellevue, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, June 9, 2011

Dayton, Kentucky (Campbell County) Police Department Early in the morning Thursday, June 9th, 2011 Officer Jason Rudsell received a that a 13 year old had gone missing. Her worried parents said she had went over to visit a friends house and the believed that the friends parents dropped her off in another town. We the officer arrived at the scene he promptly called A Child Is Missing at 7:07am and within minutes an alert of 3,488 calls was launched to the area the girl was last seen. Persons who received the alert knew the whereabouts of the missing girl and called to notify the 13 year old that her parents were looking for her and had contacted the police. She returned home a 9:15am safe and sound.


Location: Dayton, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dayton, Kentucky (Campbell County) Police Department The afternoon of Tuesday, May 24, 2011, a 12 year old girl was reported missing after being dropped off at a park in Fort Thomas. The girl was going to meet a friend when she vanished. Just as they had done three weeks prior with successful results, A Child Is Missing Alert was activated to assist in the search. Over 1,400 telephone alert calls went out to residents and businesses surrounding the park. In response, the agency received 18 calls with information. That information enabled Police to locate the girl safe, approximately 10 miles from the park.


Location: Dayton, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dayton, Kentucky (Campbell County) Police Department Monday, May 2, 2011, community response to an alert phone call ended an intensive search for a troubled 14 year old girl missing for 3 days. The girl had last been seen on Friday night near the 500 block of 4th Street in Dayton. Corporal Baldwin and the girl’s mother were attempting to locate her through her friends and Facebook postings. A Child Is Missing placed more than 1,100 Alert phone calls, asking the community for help. In response, 16 tips were received. One of those tips was from a person that knew where the girl had been given a ride. Police responded to the location and found the girl, approximately 2 miles from where she had gone missing. She was reunited with her mother, safe.


Location: Murray, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Murray, Kentucky (Calloway County) Police Department Wednesday, September 1, 2010, Officer McCuiston activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency in searching for a missing 16 year old girl. The girl had gone missing from a local high school and was reported to be suffering from mental health disorders. A Child Is Missing placed alert calls with the girl’s description around the school, asking anyone with information to contact Police. Less than an hour after placing the alert calls, Officer McCuiston called again, stating they had received a tip. Someone receiving our alert had seen the girl going door asking for a ride to a nearby town and that their neighbor had given the girl a ride. The neighbor confirmed and gave Police the location he last saw the girl. Additional alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the girl was dropped off while Police searched that area. Ultimately, the girl was found safe, in Benton, Kentucky, 20 miles from where she had gone missing.


Location: Independence, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, September 12, 2009

Kenton County, Kentucky Police Department A 14 year old girl went missing in Park Hills, Kentucky at approximately 3:00pm on September 12, 2009. The Kenton County Police Department responded and began searching for the girl—a search which included activation of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. The had last been seen in the 500 block of Irishrose Lane and alert calls were placed to the area surrounding that location. As a result of the alert calls, the girl was safely located by Police.


Location: Murray, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Murray, Kentucky (Calloway County) Police Department When a nine year old boy went missing from the 500 block of South 8th Street in Murray, Kentucky on the morning of Tuesday, July 28, 2009, the Murray Police Department responded. Part of the agency’s response included contacting A Child Is Missing and activating the Alert Program. After initiating launch of alert calls to the area surrounding the location at which the boy had last been seen, Murray Police requested an expansion of the alert calls. This led to additional alert calls placed to the area and, in all, 20 phone calls from the public with information were received by Murray Police. The information from these calls, led Police to the safe whereabouts of the boy—on Riverwood Road in Murray approximately two miles from where he had last been seen.


Location: Murray, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, March 31, 2009

After use of A Child Is Missing, Murray, Kentucky Police Major Clayton Hendricks said the Alert Program is “a very useful tool.” Murray Police Officer Mark Manus had activated the Alert Program on March 31, 2009 when a 14 year old boy, thought to possibly be in need of medical attention, went missing from the 3100 block of Old Salem Road in Murray. Less than 150 alert calls were placed in this sparsely populated area, but they generated two calls from the public with information. That information led to the boy’s safe recovery in a field on Outland School Road just south of Highway 280—approximately three miles from where he had last been seen.


Location: Eddyville, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Two 16 year old boys went missing in Eddyville, Kentucky in separate instances on February 10, 2009. Based on investigative information, Eddyville Police believed the boys had eventually ended up together. When Eddyville Police Sergeant Jaime Green called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program, alert calls were placed to several areas—including the location at which each boy had last been seen and points in between. According to Eddyville Police Chief Shane Allison, the boys returned home because they became aware of the high volume of alert calls that had been placed in search of them.


Location: Murray, KY

Type of Case: Found Disabled

Date Recovered: Friday, August 29, 2008

When the Murray, Kentucky Police Department called A Child Is Missing on August 29, 2008 and activated the Alert Program to help in the search for a missing 46 year old in need of medical attention, the “missing individual was located within an hour of calls being placed,” Murray Police Captain Osborne said. Approximately 5,000 alert calls were launched in the area surrounding the 300 block of South 16th Street in Murray and that generated 25 calls from citizens. One of those calls came from “a female that received a call [and] remembered seeing the missing person walking in a nearby county,” Captain Osborne said. “The system worked great,” he said, “it brought a quick end to what could have been a very time-consuming and extensive search process.”


Location: Alexandria, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Alexandria, KY (Campbell County) Police Department - When two brothers went missing on the afternoon of July 8, 2008 in Alexandria, Kentucky, Chief Mike Ward called A Child Is Missing and enlisted the assistance of the Alert Program. After more than 3,600 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 7500 block of Alexandria Pike in Alexandria, “many residents came out as a result of the calls to assist in [the] search,” according to Chief Ward. As a result of that help, and the more than 20 calls to Police resulting from the alert calls, the boys were found safe and reunited with their family.


Location: Erlanger, KY

Type of Case: Missing Elderly

Date Recovered: Saturday, December 9, 2006

Erlanger, KY – On Saturday, December 9, 2006 The Erlanger Police Department began the search for an elderly man who had gone missing. Officer Jolly contacted A Child Is Missing with a description of the man and his last known location. Within minutes, approximately fifteen hundred telephones in the community began ringing. One resident, who received one of the calls, contacted the Erlanger Police Department to report that they had seen the missing person about an hour before the phone calls. Officer Jolly stated “He was located in Walton, KY with his brother, where the person that had called stating he had seen the missing person and he was alright.”

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