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Safe Recoveries in Massachusetts:

Location: Natick, MA

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Thursday, February 07, 2013

Natick, Massachusetts Police Department (Middlesex County) Thursday, February 7, 2013 Sergeant Brian Ingham activated A Child Is Missing Alert. A 74 year old man with dementia had been reported missing from his home. There was additional concern for his safety as it was snowing and the man’s jacket was found in the home. ACIM sent nearly 1,200 telephone alert calls to the area. A recipient of the alert reported that he saw a man matching the description walking in the area. Police responded and located the man safe, about 1.5 miles from his home.


Location: Grafton, MA

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Monday, January 07, 2013

Grafton, Massachusetts Police Department (Worcester County) Monday, January 7, 2013, Chief Norman Crepeau called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 67 year old woman with Alzheimer’s was reported missing by her family and concern for her safety was growing. Nearly 800 telephone alert calls were sent to the area where the woman was last seen, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In a written response to ACIM, Chief Crepeau wrote, “Many residents in call area went out to help search. Very pleased with ACIM rapid response. Thank you.” The woman was located safe a short time later about 7 miles away.


Location: Waltham, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Waltham, Massachusetts Police Department (Middlesex County) The afternoon of Wednesday, October 3, 2012, Dispatcher Arnold activated A Child Is Missing Alert. Lieutenant Jeff Rodley was leading the search for a 9 year old boy that had last been seen earlier that afternoon near his bus stop. Over 1,300 telephone alert calls were placed including the area around the boy’s bus stop and his home, in case he had headed in that direction. In response to the alert, about 10 residents called into the department with information which assisted Officers in finding the boy safe a short time later, about a half mile away.


Location: Hudson, MA

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Sunday, June 03, 2012

Hudson, Massachusetts (Middlesex County) Police Department “Resident received the alert and recognized the missing person walking nearby.” This was written by Sergeant Dipersio after activating A Child Is Missing Alert on June 3, 2012. An 18 year old boy had been reported missing from his home in Hudson and his family was concerned that he may harm himself. Over 1,100 telephone alert calls were sent to residents surrounding the boy’s home. The tip from the resident helped Police locate the boy safe approximately 1 mile away from his home.


Location: Webster, MA

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Webster, Massachusetts (Worcester County) Police Department “Program worked,” said Officer Bruce Hamm of A Child Is Missing when he activated the Alert on May 16, 2012. A 53 year old woman believed to be in need of medical assistance went missing from her residence that evening. Upon activation, more than 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding her home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. The alert generated approximately 10 tips which helped Police locate the woman safe about 5 miles away.


Location: Worcester, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Worcester, Massachusetts (Worcester County) Police Department When two children, an 8 year old boy and a 10 year old girl were reported missing the afternoon of January 25, 2012, Officer Richard Gonzalez utilized every tool to help locate the children including A Child Is Missing Alert. Over 2,000 telephone alert calls were sent surrounding the area where the children were last seen, asking anyone with information to contact Police. Two women that received the alert searched around their property and spotted them in a nearby driveway. They contacted Police who responded and located the children, safe.


Location: Shirley, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, November 20, 2011

Shirley, Massachusetts (Middlesex County) Police Department In the early hours of Sunday, November 20, 2011, Sergeant Santiago contacted A Child Is Missing regarding a 12 year old boy that had gone missing from his home. More than 1,000 telephone alert calls were placed to residents and businesses surrounding the boy’s home, giving his general description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. Over 50 calls came into the station reporting sightings. Tips from these calls helped Police locate the boy safe, approximately 1 mile from his home. This was the second time A Child Is Missing Alert had the privilege of assisting Sergeant Santigo with a safe recovery this year.


Location: Wellesley, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, September 23, 2011

Wellesley, Massachusetts (Norfolk County) Police Department The afternoon of Friday, September 23, 2011, a 7 year old girl went missing while walking her dog in Wellesley. Deputy Chief Brooks activated A Child Is Missing alert to assist his agency and nearly 800 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the girl’s home. In response, one tip was received. Deputy Brooks wrote the following on the case follow-up report, “Within 5 minutes of notifying ACIM, a resident called to say the girl was in his neighborhood. I asked how he knew she was missing; he said he received a call at home from ACIM. Thank you.”


Location: Webster, MA

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Saturday, September 10, 2011

Webster, Massachusetts (Worcester County) Police Department Saturday, September 10, 2011, a 68 year old man suffering from diabetes and dementia wandered away from an assisted living facility and Police were immediately called. Sergeant Kelley led the search and activated A Child Is Missing to assist his agency. More than 1,100 telephone alert calls were sent to the residents and businesses surrounding the home, requesting they be on the lookout for the man and to contact Police if they had any information. In response, three phone calls with information came in. One of those callers reported seeing a man that matched the description given out in the alert in an area one mile from the home. Police responded and located the man safe.


Location: Shirley, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Shirley, Massachusetts (Middlesex County) Police Department “Calls went out immediately. I can’t say enough about this service. Good thing to have and use for missing persons,” wrote Sergeant Samuel Santiago after activating A Child Is Missing Alert on Wednesday, June 16, 2011. It was the end of the school day and the guardian of a nine year old girl had arrived to pick her up from school. She was nowhere to be found. Upon activation, over 1,000 alert calls went out to the community surrounding the school, giving the girl’s description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. Over 30 residents called, and tips from those calls enabled Police to find the girl safe, approximately 1 hour later at a relative’s home.


Location: Belchertown, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, May 29, 2011

Belchertown, Massachusetts (Hampshire County) Police Department At approximately 9:30pm Sunday, May 29, 2011, a mother reported her 14 year old son missing after he was picked up three hours earlier by a friend. Officer Krol activated A Child Is Missing Alert in hopes that someone in the community may have seen the boy. Over 1,000 telephone calls alerted homes and businesses to the boy’s description and asked anyone with information to contact Police. Approximately 15 minutes after the alert was placed, the boy returned home on his own, stating that the alert call went straight to a home he was attending a party at and that several other people also came up to him and let him know they also received the alert message. Case Closed.


Location: Swampscott, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, March 04, 2011

Swampscott, Massachusetts (Essex County) Police Department The night of Friday, March 4, 2011, Swampscott Police were searching for a missing 16 year old that had gotten into a problematic issue in school and disappeared. Lt. Stephens activated A Child Is Missing to assist and more than 1,800 alert calls went out surrounding both the boy’s home and a nearby shopping center where Police believed the boy could be headed. In response to the alert, Police received several helpful tips, including learning that the boy had a cellphone his parents were unaware of. Finally, 39 minutes after the alert went out, the boy himself walked into the Police Department. He heard about the alert from friends that had received the calls and decided to go to the station. The quick resolution preserved Police resources.


Location: Webster, MA

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Webster, Massachusetts (Worcester County) Police Department Tuesday, November 23, 2010, an 88 year old woman was reported missing after she went for a walk and didn’t return home after a couple of hours. Sergeant Shaw activated A Child Is Missing to assist along with employing k9 units to help find the woman. Nearly 700 alert calls with the woman’s description went out surrounding the Blueberry Way address where the woman had last been seen. One neighbor who received the call checked his back yard and found the woman sitting in a lawn chair. Sergeant Shaw reported that the woman was in good spirits and that she told Police she remained at the home hoping someone would come home. “She did good, she was coherent..the ambulance was there but she didn’t need it,” he said. Total time from activation to safe assisted recovery was 40 minutes, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.


Location: Pepperell, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, September 05, 2010

Pepperell, Massachusetts (Middlesex County) Police Department The morning of Saturday, September 4, 2010, Detective Grathead was leading the search for a runaway 13 year old girl. The girl had last been seen carrying suitcases, and Police had received information that she could be headed to Maine or Vermont with an 18 year old male. As a result of a recent campaign by ACIM to raise awareness among law enforcement of our services, Detective Grathead decided to use the free service to assist in finding the girl. More than 1,000 alert calls were placed surrounding her residence, asking anyone with information to contact Police. Those alert calls provided Police with a witness that had information that the girl was in Hudson, New Hampshire. Additional alert calls were then placed in Hudson. A second call came in providing Police with the girl’s location. Ultimately, the girl was located safe, and the companion the girl was was travelling with will face charges.


Location: Walpole, MA

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Walpole, Massachusetts (Norfolk County) Police Department The morning of Thursday, August 18, 2010, Lieutenant Leland was searching for a missing 59 year old man who suffers from Alzheimer’s. The man had last been seen the previous evening and his mountain bike was missing, but friends and family did not know where he might be. While the Walpole Police Department had never utilized A Child Is Missing Alert, the agency was receiving assistance from a neighboring agency that had used the free service with successful results. Upon activation, more than 2,000 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the man’s residence. A neighbor, upon receiving the alert, reported seeing the missing man riding his bicycle in an adjacent town. With this information Police were able to locate the man safe, 12 miles from where he had gone missing.


Location: Randolph, MA

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Saturday, June 05, 2010

Randolph, Massachusetts (Norfolk County) Police Department June 5, 2010. Officer Hughes activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency in searching for a missing 92 year old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s. More than 2,800 alert calls were placed surrounding the Desmond Avenue address where the woman was last seen, asking anyone with information to call Police. In response, Police received a call from a woman who had observed the missing woman a short time earlier and was able to provide details on the woman’s whereabouts to Police. Ultimately, the missing woman was located safe, less than half an hour from the time the alert calls launched, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.


Location: Lynn, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, September 12, 2009

Lynn, Massachusetts (Essex County) Police Department When a two year old boy was found in Lynn, Massachusetts, Lynn Police were called and charged with locating the boy’s parents—without knowing the boy’s identity. He had been found in the area of Ingalls Street in Lynn on Saturday, September 12, 2009 shortly after 9:00am. Lieutenant Michael Vail contacted A Child Is Missing and approximately 2,400 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the boy had been found. The alert call described the child and asked anyone with information regarding the child, his parents, or guardians to call Lynn Police. “The babysitter of the child called within five minutes,” said Lieutenant Vail, A Child Is Missing “was extremely helpful.”


Location: Taunton, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, August 30, 2009

Taunton, Massachusetts (Bristol County) Police Department The afternoon of Sunday, August 30, 2009, an 11 year old boy was reported missing in Taunton. Lieutenant Casey led the search and contacted A Child Is Missing to assist his agency. More than 1,000 alert calls were sent to homes and businesses around the boy’s residence where he was last seen. In response, several tips came in that the boy was riding his bicycle approximately 2 miles from his home. Officers responded and located the boy safe.


Location: Hudson, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, July 31, 2009

Hudson, Massachusetts (Middlesex County) Police Department A 17 year old boy who, according to Police, was suicidal, had run away from a hospital where his mother had taken him. His mother thought he may have run to a friend’s house, but no one was able to locate him. Hudson, Massachusetts Police activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program and more than 2,500 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the area of South Street in Hudson on July 31, 2009. After locating the boy on Cottage Street in Hudson, some two miles from where he had gone missing, Police learned an alert call recipient had seen the boy with friends and reported it.


Location: Randolph, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, June 14, 2009

Randolph, Massachusetts (Norfolk County)Police Department When a 14 year old boy went missing from the Randolph, Massachusetts Police Department, Police there called A Child Is Missing to assist the search. The boy had last been seen at 5 Himoor Circle in Randolph on June 14, 2009 at approximately 2:00pm. Randolph Police received 10 calls with information from members of the public who had received an alert call from A Child Is Missing. One of those calls came from “one citizen [who] reported seeing [the] missing child,” said Randolph Police Lieutenant McNeil. Randolph Police eventually located the boy at 123 Reed Street in Randolph.


Location: Taunton, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, March 08, 2009

On Saturday, March 7, 2009, a non-verbal autistic boy was located on Avon Street in Taunton, Massachusetts and Taunton Police had to find his parents. To help their efforts, they enlisted the assistance of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program and more than 1,400 calls were placed to the area where the boy had been found. Without a name or the ability to communicate with the child, the alert was effective using the child’s description alone. After being located at approximately 10:00pm on March 7th, the boys residence was located at 7:15am on March 8th according to Taunton Police Lieutenant Casey.


Location: Milton, MA

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Friday, February 27, 2009

A 69 year old woman who was possibly in need of medical assistance went missing from the area of Parkwood Drive in Milton, Massachusetts at 10:00am on February 27, 2009. Shortly after, Dispatcher Griffiths of the Milton Police Department called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist the agency’s search. As A Child Is Missing stayed with the case and worked with Milton Police, three waves of alert calls—totaling 8,000 calls—were placed in area’s the woman was thought to be. Four calls from the public regarding sightings throughout the day were generated by the alert calls which provided Milton Police with valuable information. Ultimately the woman was located having walked approximately seven miles to neighboring Quincy, Massachusetts


Location: Sterling, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sterling, Massachusetts Police Dispatcher Debra MacArthur called A Child Is Missing early in the morning on December 23, 2008 to seeking assistance in the search for a missing 12 year old boy. He had last been seen at 6:30am that day in the 100 block of Bean Road in Sterling. After fewer than 350 alert calls were placed to the area in question, five calls from residents were received by Police in response. This information led Police to the safe recovery of the boy who was reunited with his family.


Location: Abington, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, December 06, 2008

On December 6, 2008 at approximately 3:00pm, the Abington, Massachusetts Police Officer Michael Carini called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist in his agency’s search for a twelve year old girl who had gone missing from the 100 block of North Avenue in Abington that morning. According to Officer Jacob Poulin, one of the residents who received an alert saw the missing girl in the area of the woman’s apartment complex in the 100 block of Wales Street in Abington. This information led Police directly to the girl and she was safely recovered.


Location: Hudson, MA

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hudson, Massachusetts (Middlesex County) Police Department On September 25, 2008 Dispatcher Peter Ryan of the Hudson, Massachusetts Police Department called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program to assist his agency’s search for a missing elderly woman. She had gone missing from the 100 block of Causeway Street in Hudson at approximately 12:45 that day. After 1,400 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the woman had last been seen, Hudson Police received two calls from alert citizens. “One call saw her walking on Shay Road toward Marlboro, she was located on the Marlboro/Sudbury town line,” Police said.


Location: Marlborough, MA

Type of Case: Found Disabled

Date Recovered: Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Marlborough, Massachusetts (Middlesex County) Police Department An elderly woman suffering from dementia went missing from the 100 block of Country Lane in Marlborough, Massachusetts on the morning of August 27, 2008. Patrol Division Commander Captain Timothy Naze of the Marlborough Police Department quickly activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. More than 3,000 alert calls were placed to the area the woman was last seen and the area surrounding the 500 block of Boston Post Road East—another area of interest in her disappearance. Approximately five calls were received by Marlborough Police as a result of the alert calls. “One of the calls we received from your alert told us they had seen the woman near 400 Wilson Street at approximately 10:30am,” said Marlborough Detective Martha Shea. “We immediately sent units in the area [and] located [the woman],” she said.


Location: Longmeadow, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, July 03, 2008

Longmeadow, MA (Hampden County) Police Department - “Within 30 minutes of notification” a missing 13 year old boy was located after he went missing from the 100 block of Kenmore Drive in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, according to Sergeant Stankiewicz. After the boy went missing on July 3, 2008 at approximately 9:00pm, Longmeadow Police contacted A Child Is Missing and more than 1,200 alert calls were launched in the area the boy had last been seen. The boy was safely located the next day when 20-25 calls from citizens who received the alert call phoned Police with information.


Location: Swampscott, MA

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Sunday, May 25, 2008

Essex County, MA - On the morning of May 25, 2008, Lieutenant Stephens of the Swampscott, Massachusetts Police Department activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program seeking help in locating a 16 year old boy who had gone missing that morning. After nearly 2,000 alert calls were launched, a friend of the boy received one of them and began looking for the missing boy. Ultimately he located him, told him about the alert calls that had been disseminated in search of him, and the missing boy called home. Swampscott police were able to trace that call and locate the boy.


Location: Webster, MA

Type of Case: Found Elderly

Date Recovered: Friday, March 07, 2008

“Two callers were able to provide times and direction of travel which allowed us to track his route,” said Sergeant Michaela Kelly of the Webster, Massachusetts Police Department. This in reference to an elderly man having gone missing in the 100 block of Lower Gore Road in Webster just after 3:00pm on March 7, 2008. After more than 1,000 alert calls were launched in the area surrounding that location, 12 citizens called Webster Police with information regarding the missing man—two of which provided substantive information. Approximately 30 minutes after the man went missing, Webster Police recovered him.


Location: Duxbury, MA

Type of Case: Found Disabled

Date Recovered: Sunday, January 13, 2008

Duxbury, MA (Plymouth County) - On January 13, 2008 shortly after 5:00pm, Lieutenant James of the Duxbury, Massachusetts Police Department activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program for assistance in locating a 23 year old man in need of medical assistance. A Child Is Missing launched more than 1,800 alert calls in the area of the 700 block of Temple Street in Duxbury. Lieutenant James said, “This help we received put us in the right area to locate him.” Ultimately the man received the medical attention he needed and was reunited with his family.


Location: Somerset, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, November 15, 2007

Somerset, Massachusetts Police Department At 4:44pm on November 15, 2007 a child went missing in Somerset, Massachusetts. Somerset Police called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program shortly after resulting in nearly 1,000 alert calls being launched in the area the girl had last been seen. This generated approximately 20-30 calls to Somerset Police—five to six of which “provided leads such as seeing the child in the morning and at a store approximately 10 minutes prior to the person calling the police department,” said Sergeant Thomas J. Mello.


Location: Hudson, MA

Type of Case: Found Child

Date Recovered: Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hudson, MA (Middlesex County) – On September 27, 2007 at 6:43 p.m. A Child Is Missing was contacted by the Hudson Police Department requesting assistance in locating a missing 15 year old. After obtaining all relevant information, an ACIM technician placed over 900 Alert Calls to area residents and businesses where the teenager was last seen. The Hudson PD received more than 25 calls in response and the child was located 10 miles away in Grafton. Sergeant Crippen reported that “As we received information that would have led us to the child’s location, the facility the child went to, had notified us of her whereabouts. The leads received by residents were verified as accurate by the missing child and the mother.”


Location: Webster, MA

Type of Case: Found Child

Date Recovered: Sunday, July 29, 2007

Webster, MA (Worchester County) – On the afternoon of July 29, 2007, the Webster, Massachusetts Police Department activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to assist in their search for a missing four year old girl. Within hours, a neighbor looked out the window and saw a child fitting the description provided in the alert message. After more than 5,000 phone calls to the area surrounding the 200 block of High Street in Webster, and after approximately 20 phone calls to police from residents with information, the girl was located hiding behind a barrel behind a neighbor’s house.


Location: Chicopee, MA

Type of Case: Found Elderly

Date Recovered: Saturday, July 21, 2007

Chicopee, MA (Hampden County) – After activating the A Child Is Missing Alert Program on the afternoon of Saturday, July 21, 2007, Chicopee, Massachusetts Police Officer Crespo said, “residents gave good information about [the] missing person… A Child Is Missing services do work and it’s a great tool.” Chicopee Police had received two calls from residents who had received the alert calls seeking information of the whereabouts of an 84 year old man who had gone missing from his Quartus Street address. One of those calls led police to the man, who was safely located in Hartford, Vermont approximately two hours after the alert calls were launched.


Location: Abington, MA

Type of Case: Found Elderly

Date Recovered: Monday, July 16, 2007

Abington, MA (Plymouth County) – “This is the second time this month that I personally have used your services—both instances resulting in successful recovery of parties in good health,” Abington Police Sergeant Kevin Force said. This comment came after Sergeant Force activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program on July 16, 2007 in search of an elderly man who had gone missing earlier that day. After 2,500 alert calls, Abington Police received “countless” calls from alert citizens—including one that provided a specific location and direction of travel that led to the man’s safe recovery several miles from where he had gone missing.


Location: Norton, MA

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Sunday, June 03, 2007

Norton, MA (Bristol County) – On Sunday, June 3rd, A Child Is Missing Technician Eric Nelson answered the alert line and began taking information from Dispatcher Fisk of the Norton, Massachusetts Police Department. A 65 year old woman had gone missing at 5:00pm that day and police called the A Child Is Missing Alert Program at 4:34pm. Twenty one minutes after Technician Nelson launched the alert calls, the woman was located at the jurisdictional boundary between Norton and Mansfield, Massachusetts by a person who had received one of the alert calls. The woman was safe and quickly reunited with her family. Incident # 16544


Location: Braintree, MA

Type of Case: Found Elderly

Date Recovered: Sunday, June 03, 2007

Braintree, MA (Norfolk County) – Shortly after waking at 7:00am on Sunday, June 3, 2007, an 84 year old woman with Alzheimer’s went missing from her home in Braintree, Massachusetts. When Braintree Police Sergeant Curtin called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program, Technician Eric Nelson took the call and processed the information. Meanwhile, Patrolman John Ouellette was on-scene and called for a K-9 Unit and Officer Tom Flannery who responded to the scene. Officer Steve Wallace conducted a search of the area on an ATV while A Child Is Missing Technician Nelson launched alert phone calls to the area. With all facets working together, a resident on Forest Street had received one of the alert calls, saw the woman laying in his yard, and immediately called Braintree Police.


Location: Fairhaven, MA

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Sergeant Kevin Kobza of the Fairhaven, Massachusetts Police Department called A Child Is Missing on the night of April 3, 2007 as his agency was working a case of a missing 15 year old boy. The boy had gone missing that afternoon and still had not been located. Once alert calls were placed to the area adjacent to Highland Avenue in Fairhaven, Police there began receiving calls from the area. After a parent had called and told police the boy had been at their residence earlier that day, they were able to locate the boy, “walking on a side street” at approximately 11:00pm that night.


Location: Milford, MA

Type of Case: Found Disabled

Date Recovered: Sunday, April 01, 2007

Milford, MA (Worcester County) – On April 1, 2007 a 55-year-old disabled male was reported missing to the Milford Police Department. A Child is Missing was contacted at approximately 7 pm and over 2100 calls were placed in the neighborhood. The Milford Police Department received several calls reporting that the victim was seen hitchhiking. Utilizing that information Police located the missing man and he was returned home unharmed after 12 hours, according to Chief Tom O’Loughlan.


Location: Foxborough, MA

Type of Case: Found Disabled

Date Recovered: Friday, October 27, 2006

Foxboro, MA – On Friday, October 27, 2006, the Foxboro Police Department began a search for a disabled man who had gone missing from his home—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, the Lieutenant TJ Lynch 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 person. Police received over 25 calls, including three from neighbors providing viable leads to recover the subject in less than an hour from when he was reported to ACIM.


Location: Belmont, MA

Type of Case: Found Elderly

Date Recovered: Saturday, October 14, 2006

Belmont, MA (Middlesex County) - According to Belmont, Massachusetts Police Sergeant Greeleg, the A Child Is Missing Alert Program worked as designed when a person went missing on the night of October 14, 2006. An estimated 20 calls were received by Belmont Police in response to the more than 1,200 alert calls launched by A Child Is Missing—one of which let police to the missing man and his subsequent reuniting with his family.


Location: New Bedford, MA

Type of Case: Found Disabled

Date Recovered: Tuesday, October 10, 2006

New Bedford, MA – On Tuesday, October 10, 2006, the New Bedford Police Department began a search for a woman with Alzheimer’s who had gone missing from her home—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 her home by the A Child Is Missing alert program. Upon taking the report, Sergeant Fonseca 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 she was last seen area was ringing with calls requesting those in the area to check their yards and complexes for the missing person. Police received numerous calls including one from a neighbor who led the police to find her in a wooded area in close proximity to her home. The recovered woman was returned to safety within hours of her being reported missing. Quote: “The system worked great and assisted our agency in locating the elderly female”


Location: Westport, MA

Type of Case: Found Child

Date Recovered: Thursday, June 15, 2006

Westport, MA (Bristol County) - On June 15, 2006, several children were playing together in Westport, Massachusetts. One of the children’s parents, however, didn’t know her son was among the children. She phoned police in search of her child and Westport Police, in turn, called A Child Is Missing. One of the approximately 1,000 alert calls that were launched by A Child Is Missing was received by someone who knew the missing boy was playing with the other children. This led to the child’s recovery approximately one mile from his home.


Location: Natick, MA

Type of Case: Found Child

Date Recovered: Monday, January 30, 2006

Natick, MA – On January 30, 2006, a teenage boy was reported missing from his school in Natick (Middlesex County), Massachusetts. Sergeant Thompson of the Natick PD contacted A Child Is Missing, and reported a full description of the missing child to be broadcast in the hope that a neighbor might have information leading to the recovery of the missing boy. A Child Is Missing alerted 646 homes in the region immediately surrounding where the child was last seen. The Natick PD received several calls from people in the region, all reporting the child as having been seen walking down a specific street. The child was located and recovered safely by the police moments after the alert calls went out.


Location: Brockton, MA

Type of Case: Found Child

Date Recovered: Monday, August 08, 2005

Brockton, MA - On August 8, 2005, a 7-year old boy was reported missing in Brockton (Plymouth County), Massachusetts. After evaluating the situation, Sgt Don Mills of the Brockton PD contacted A Child Is Missing and reported a full description to be distributed via telephone. A Child Is Missing placed 1563 calls over the area where the child was last seen. The department received approximately 12 calls as a result of our alert notification (more followed throughout the day), including one caller that was talking to the child in question when they received the phone alert. The missing child was recovered within a half hour of ACIM started making the calls. Sgt. Don Mills was quite thankful for the help.


Location: Framington, MA

Type of Case: Found Disabled

Date Recovered: Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Framingham, MA – On July 20, 2005, a 68-year-old man with Alzheimer’s and Dementia was reported missing in Framingham (Middlesex County), Massachusetts. After evaluating the situation, Officer Burman of the Framingham Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing and reported a full description to be distributed via telephone. A Child Is Missing placed 1841 alert calls over the area where the missing gentleman was last seen. Framingham PD received approximately 30 responses, from residents who had seen the man that morning. As a result of the alert, he was returned home safe and sound later that day.


Location: Kingston, MA

Type of Case: Found Child

Date Recovered: Friday, June 10, 2005

Kingston, MA - On June 10, 2005, an 8-year-old girl was reported missing from a bowling alley in Kingston (Plymouth County), Massachusetts. After evaluating the situation, Sgt. Potroykus of the Kingston PD contacted A Child Is Missing and reported a full description to be distributed via telephone. A Child Is Missing placed 1255 calls over the area where the child was last seen. Approximately 50 calls and walk-ins were a result of our alert calls that helped with the search. The search led the officers to the child at her grandfather’s house. The child was recovered and returned to her parents safe and sound within an hour of the calls being launched. Sgt. Potroykus was quoted as saying “THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your outstanding assistance. The ACIM program was a great tool and was extremely helpful. The community response and support was outstanding. I cannot say enough about this program being a parent myself and working in law enforcement. What an outstanding tool and program! Thank you very much again for everything.”


Location: Longmeadow, MA

Type of Case: Found Disabled

Date Recovered: Sunday, January 09, 2005

Longmeadow, MA - Longmeadow PD - On January 9, 2005 an autistic 13-year-old boy in was reported missing by his babysitter. The boy had gone for a walk with his dog, but was very late in returning. The Longmeadow Police evaluated the situation and Sgt. Fontaine contacted A Child Is Missing, as well as enlisting the help of the Fire Department and K9 search teams. A Child Is Missing placed 1820 calls over the area where the boy was last seen. Between 100 and 150 residents responded to the call, providing the boy's route of travel, and that directed the search party to find the boy who was thankfully uninjured, but frightened and cold. The babysitter was reunited the boy and dog within three hours of him being reported missing. The Parents also called a short time later and thanked the department for locating their son. Incident #


Location: Pepperell, MA

Type of Case: Found Child

Date Recovered: Saturday, January 01, 2005

Pepperell, MA - Pepperell Police Department - On January 1, 2005, a 13-year old boy was discovered missing from his grandfather's house in Pepperell, Massachusetts. The police were contacted and notified that the non-custodial mother had made threats of abducting the child earlier. The police alerted A Child Is Missing, and the technician sent 3262 calls over the region in the hope that a neighbor might have a clue to the boy's whereabouts. One local person contacted the police after receiving our calls, and told them that she had given a ride to the missing boy and mother to the bus depot in Nashua, New Hampshire. As a result, the police managed to track them to a Washington D.C. bus stop, and recovered the child, approximately seven hours after he was reported missing.


Location: Abington, MA

Type of Case: Found Child

Date Recovered: Monday, December 27, 2004

Abington, MA - Abington Police Department - On December 27, 2004, two girls were reported having been seen on an iced-over lake in Abington, Massachusetts. A short while later, the girls were missing, and a neighbor spotted a hole in the ice. Concerned that the girls may have fallen through, she contacted the Abington Police Department and alerted them to the situation. The Abington Police apprised A Child Is Missing of the situation and a technician launched 8494 alert phone calls to homes and businesses in the area where the girls were last been seen. Quoted from a letter from Deputy Chief Christopher J Cutter - I would like to thank your organization for assisting us on December 27th. I understand our situation, where we suspected two teenage girls had fallen through the ice, was unique and so it is because of this that your response is even more appreciated. On this evening, many emergency service professionals had arrived on the scene to begin to cooperatively work searching an icy pond for two girls. As your calls went out to residents of Abington, a parent quickly notified us that she suspected we were searching for her daughter. She also reported that her daughter had returned home wet but safe. It appears that the mother received your call and then brought it up to her daughter who was leaving for basketball practice. The daughter then informed her mother that her and a friend were on the ice, but were able to get off and return home. Because of this we were able to call off the search. At the time rescue workers had been out in the elements for two hours, temperatures had fallen into the teens, it was dark and divers were about to be deployed into the frigid waters. Because of your cooperation, we were able to call off the search and avoid any complications it may have brought due to the conditions we were working in.

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