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Safe Recoveries in Louisiana:

Location: Oak Grove, LA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, January 23, 2014

West Carroll Parish, Louisiana Sheriff’s Office “When the call went out, a guy looked out his window and saw the child around the school buses across the street from his home. The alert did its job with wonderful results. Thank you very much!” Chief Deputy Kenneth Green wrote after an intensive search for a missing 11 year old boy came to an end on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Police were concerned for the boy’s safety as temperatures were expected to drop significantly that night. A Child Is Missing Alert was activated for the first time by this agency, placing over 160 telephone alert calls to the area surrounding the boy’s home in Oak Grove asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact The Sheriff’s Office. He was found as a direct result of the alert calls less than 1/8 of a mile from where he had last been seen and returned home, safe at 2:04 a.m.


Location: Crowley, LA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Acadia Parish, Louisiana Sheriff’s Office When a 14 year old boy was reported missing on November 5, 2013, Sergeant Peggy Horman activated The A Child is Missing Alert to assist in the search. A Child is Missing placed nearly 1,000 alert calls in the area where the boy was last seen. In response to those alert calls, the agency received several calls with tips, which assisted deputies in locating him safe in a neighbor’s shed later that evening.


Location: Crowley, LA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Acadia Parish, Louisiana Sheriff’s Office A twelve year old boy wrote a note to his grandfather stating he was running away after getting into trouble in school and disappeared the afternoon of Wednesday, January 18, 2012. His grandfather contacted Police and Sergeant Perry responded. Temperatures were expected to drop that night and everyone was concerned for the boy’s safety. Dispatcher Dell activated A Child Is Missing to assist and over 600 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the boy’s home, asking anyone with information to contact The Sheriff’s Office. In response 4 tips came in. One tip was from a business owner that stated the boy was in his shop trying to sell his baseball. Police responded and returned the boy home, safe.


Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, January 16, 2012

Baton Rouge, Louisiana (East Baton Rouge County) Police Department “Officers found the missing girl and brought her home in good health. Thanks for the assistance!” Sergeant Brenda Gann wrote after an intensive search for 12 year old girl that had been missing for a day came to an end on Monday, January 16, 2011. A Child Is Missing Alert placed nearly 1,300 telephone alert calls to the area surrounding the girl’s home asking anyone with information about the girl to contact Police. In response, a resident reported that he had seen the girl in the backyard of a residence near his home. Total time from activation to alert was less than 50 minutes.


Location: Jennings, LA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jennings, Louisiana (Jefferson Davis County) Police Department The evening of Wednesday, November 30, 2011, Lieutenant Lassiter contacted A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert for a missing 7 year old boy. The boy had gone missing from his grandmother’s home in Jennings while playing. Over 1,100 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. The department received numerous calls from residents asking if they could assist in the search. A search team was organized and eventually the boy was located safe that evening, one half mile from where he had gone missing.


Location: Vidalia, LA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, October 01, 2010

Vidalia, Louisiana (Concordia County) Police Department The evening of Thursday, September 30, 2010, Officer Singleton was leading the search for a 13 year old girl that had last been seen at 7:30 that morning at her home in Vidalia. Just as they had done just two days prior with successful results, A Child Is Missing Alert was activated to assist in the search. More than 1,000 alert calls were placed surrounding the girl’s home, giving her description and asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact Police. The initial launch of calls did not produce sufficient results to locate the girl so the calling area was expanded twice through A Child Is Missing. Finally, with the second expansion of calls, tips began coming in and several callers reported seeing a girl matching the description near Smith Lane in Ferriday. Police responded and located the girl, safe, the evening of October 1, thirteen miles from where she had gone missing.


Location: Vidalia, LA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vidalia, Louisiana (Concordia County) Police Department The evening of Tuesday, September 28, 2010, a 16 year old boy went missing after having a confrontation with his parents regarding his grades. Officer Dye activated A Child is Missing Alert to enhance the search his agency had begun. More than 1,100 alert calls with the boys name and physical description were sent to homes and businesses surrounding the boy’s residence where he was last seen. The initial launch of alert calls did not produce sufficient results and an expansion of the original area was requested. An additional 1,200 alert calls were placed and this time a call came in from a mother who said that her child knew where the missing boy was. Officers responded to the tip, and found the boy safe, approximately four miles from where he had gone missing.


Location: Vidalia, LA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, August 26, 2010

Vidalia, Louisiana (Concordia County) Police Department The evening of Wednesday, August 25, 2010, Sergeant Bush was leading a search for a missing 13 year old girl that had been seen earlier that afternoon. The girl had last been seen attending a church function. When her family went to look for her to leave, she was nowhere to be found. Sergeant Bush activated A Child Is Missing, as his department had done with successful results previously. Nearly 1,200 alert calls were placed surrounding the church, and those calls brought out numerous volunteers from the small community asking to assist Police with the search. When the girl still had not been found by early the next morning, Police and family became particularly concerned, because the church the girl went missing from was within walking distance to the Mississippi River. An additional 1,800 alert calls were launched, and these calls lead to the girls safe recovery, approximately a quarter mile from where she had gone missing.


Location: Harvey, LA

Type of Case: Boy

Date Recovered: Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jefferson Parish, Louisiana Sheriff’s Office On Thursday, May 27, 2010, Detective Thibodeaux was searching for a 10 year old boy that had run away. The boy had run away previously Police hoped to find him as soon as possible due to all of the risks for a child so young being out on the street. A Child Is Missing Alert was activated for the first time by this agency, and more than 1,700 alert calls were placed surrounding the boy’s Marrero address, giving his general description and asking anyone that had seen him to contact Police. One of those alert calls went directly to a woman that happened to know exactly where the boy was. She went and picked the boy up, and delivered him to Police, safe. The agency expressed gratitude because in the past searches for the boy had often taken more than a day, not only taking department resources, but possibly exposing the boy to elements of the street.


Location: Crowley, LA

Type of Case: Child

Date Recovered: Monday, March 29, 2010

Crowley, Louisiana (Acadia County) Police Department On March 29, 2010, Sergeant Broussard activated A Child Is Missing to assist in his agency’s search for a 15 year old girl that had been missing for three days. More than 4,000 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 700 block of Ervin Breaux Drive, where the girl had last been seen. In response, Police received numerous calls with information from the public. Three of those calls gave the girl’s whereabouts. Officers arrived at the residence indicated by the callers, did a thorough search, and discovered the girl safe, approximately one mile from where she had gone missing.


Location: Hahnville, LA

Type of Case: Child

Date Recovered: Tuesday, March 16, 2010

St. Charles Parish, Louisiana Sheriff’s Office - On Monday, March 15, 2010, a 17 year old boy was reported missing after arguing with his mother, not returning home that evening and then not reporting for school the following morning. Sergeant Sampson activated the A Child Is Missing Alert, and more than 2,100 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 100 block of East Club Drive, where the boy had last been seen. Based on the agency’s comments, the child realized that it would be best to go home due to the high volume of local community response to our alerts. Upon his return, he was found to be safe and in good health.


Location: Hahnville, LA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, December 17, 2009

St. Charles Parish, Louisiana Sheriff’s Office On December 17th in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana a 16 year old boy had runaway and Police feared he might harm himself. He had never run away before, but left shortly after 11:00am that day. St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Deputies began their search and included A Child Is Missing in their efforts to locate the boy. At 2:25pm the alert calls were launched to the search area, nearly 1,000 calls in all, and less than two hours later the boy was located safely as a result. He was found as a direct result of the alert calls nearly 30 miles from where he had runaway.


Location: Pearl River, LA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, September 14, 2009

Pearl River, Louisiana (Tammany County) Police Department When a 16 year old girl went missing from 39000 block of Rebel Lane in Pearl River, Louisiana, Pearl River Police called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist their search. More than 2,200 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the girl had last been seen, resulting in approximately 50 calls from the public to Police. From information gathered by those calls, the girl was safely located immediately after the alert calls had been placed to the area.


Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Baton Rouge, Alabama (East Baton Rouge County) Police Department Baton Rouge, Louisiana Police Detective Brenda Gann called A Child Is Missing on July 14, 2009 and activated the Alert Program to assist her agency’s search for an 11 year old boy who had gone missing from the 1400 block of North 48th Avenue in Baton Rouge at approximately 6:00pm three days earlier. The A Child Is Missing Technician working the case placed 1,200 alert phone calls to the area surrounding the last known location of the boy. As a result of those alert calls, the Baton Rouge Police Department received a call from someone who “was able to provide information that the missing [boy] wanders far from hope and helped investigators locate him on Kimberly [Drive],” said Detective Gann. Specifically, the boy was located in the 3300 block of Kimberly Drive on July 14th at 9:45pm.


Location: Vidalia, LA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, May 18, 2009

Vidalia, Louisiana (Concordia County) Police Department On May 18, 2009, two girls went missing in Vidalia, Louisiana at 7:40am. A Child Is Missing was activated more than 12 hours later and, shortly after the alert calls were placed to the search area, the girls were safely located at 10:25pm. This occurred in Vidalia, Louisiana when the girls, a 13 year old and a 14 year old, went missing from the 2000 block of Charles Street. Vidalia Police called A Child Is Missing and more than 3,800 alert calls were quickly placed to the area surrounding the Charles Street location. As a result of those alert calls, Vidalia Police received more than 30 calls from the public with information. That information enabled Police to locate the girls safe five miles away in the Wilson Trailer Park.


Location: Opelousas, LA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, March 26, 2009

The 10 calls from citizens of Opelousas, Louisiana that resulted from the A Child Is Missing alert for a missing 10 year old boy provided sufficient information for Opelousas Police to locate the boy. He had gone missing from the 1000 block of Abdalla Boulevard in Opelousas on March 26, 2009. After expanding the case to a broader search, with more than 3,100 alert calls being launched in all, Police were able to safely locate the boy 1/8 mile from where he had last been seen.


Location: Deridder, LA

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Friday, June 27, 2008

A 51 year old woman in need of medical assistance in Deridder, Louisiana went missing on June 27, 2008 and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office responded. Approximately 1,000 alert calls were launched in the area of the 8100 block of Highway 394 in Deridder yielding 25 calls from alert citizens. With information from those who had received A Child Is Missing alert calls, Deputies were able to safely locate the woman one mile south of Morrow Bridge Road—a few miles from her home.


Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, October 16, 2007

On October 16,2007 the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office was searching for a 16 year old boy who had gone missing from the 500 block of Hennessy Boulevard in Baton Rouge at 1:30PM. East Baton Rouge Police called A Child Is Missing shortly after and activated the Alert Program. After more than 6,500 alert calls were launched, approximately 12 calls from the public were received by Police providing information. This led to the safe recovery of the boy.


Location: Shreveport, LA

Type of Case: Missing Disabled

Date Recovered: Thursday, October 11, 2007

Shreveport, LA (Caddo County) In Caddo Parrish, Louisiana on October 11, 2007, a 20 year old man in need of medical assistance went missing at approximately 8:00am. Shortly after, Corporal Harold Woodard and Dispatcher Martha Bryant were in contact with A Child Is Missing activating the Alert Program. More than 3,500 alert calls were launched in the Lubbock area where the man had last been seen. Numerous calls with helpful information were received by the Caddo Parrish Sheriff’s Office enabling investigators to locate the missing man safely.


Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Friday, July 27, 2007

Baton Rouge, LA (East Baton Rouge County) – “Thanks again for your assistance,” said Corporal Gloria Ballard of the East Baton Rouge, Louisiana Sheriff’s Office after A Child Is Missing alert calls generated a tip regarding the location of a 13 year old boy who had been missing for two days. Sheriff’s Office personnel then left a voice mail message on the cell phone of the boy’s friend, prompting the boy to return home. The boy had last been seen on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at approximately 5:00pm and the Alert Program was activated at 1:44pm on Friday, July 27th.

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