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Safe Recoveries in North Carolina:

Location: Hendersonville, NC

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Henderson County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, September 17, 2013, Sergeant Raxter activated A Child Is Missing to assist the agency in locating a 72 year old man with Alzheimer’s. A Child Is Missing Alert sent nearly 400 telephone alert calls covering a 7 mile radius around the man’s residence in Flat Rock. In response the agency received 3 tips which assisted them in locating the man safe a short time later.


Location: Lumberton, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Robeson County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office “Thank you for providing assistance in situations such as these,” wrote Dispatch Supervisor Kristen Locklear after she activated A Child Is Missing Alert on May 1, 2013. Deputy Kevin Cribb was leading the search for a 12 year old girl that had been reported missing from her home in Pembroke. Nearly 500 telephone alert calls were sent to the rural area which resulted in several tips. Those tips assisted the agency in locating the girl safe that evening.


Location: Albemarle, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Stanly County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office On New Year’s Day, 2013, Deputy Zepeda called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 17 year old girl was reported missing from her home in New London after she had threatened to run away. Nearly 700 telephone alert calls were sent surrounding the girl’s home asking anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Office. In response a tip from a local store clerk came in with a sighting of the girl in a vehicle with a male acquaintance. Additional alerts were placed surrounding the convenience store to include the vehicle description. According to the case follow-up report, the girl was finally located walking home home due to the fact that everyone she knew had been made aware of her missing status due to the alert phone calls.


Location: Dobson, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, October 19, 2012

Surry County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office “Your assistance in helping to locate the child missing recently in our jurisdiction was greatly appreciated,” wrote Lieutenant Gerald LeFevre. His agency activated A Child Is Missing Alert on October 19, 2012 when a 15 year old boy was reported missing from his home in Pilot Mountain. Over 200 telephone alert calls were sent to the rural area around the boy’s home. As a result, a resident called in a sighting of the boy which assisted deputies in locating the boy safe a short time later.


Location: Gastonia, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ranlo, North Carolina (Gaston County) Police Department Thursday, October 18, 2012, a 12 year old boy was reported missing from his home in Ranlo. Sergeant Holland activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist with the search. More than 900 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home. According to the case follow-up, a volunteer firefighter that received the alert spotted the boy and notified Police. Officers responded and located the boy safe about a mile away from his home.


Location: Lumberton, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, September 09, 2012

Lumberton, North Carolina (Robeson County) Police Department The afternoon of Sunday, September 9, 2012, a 7 year old boy was playing outside his home in Lumberton when his mother allegedly picked him up and drove away. His mother did not have custody or permission to be around the child and there was concern for the child’s safety. Lieutenant Atkinson activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist the agency’s search and nearly 1,100 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home. In response, 4 tips were received by the agency which assisted Police in locating the boy safe later that afternoon at a residence 10 miles away.


Location: Lumberton, NC

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Robeson County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office Sunday, August 19, 2012, Dispatcher Cameron called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 37 year old woman and a 48 year old man were reported missing from an assisted living facility in the city of Rowland. There were concerns for the duo’s safety as they had multiple medical conditions as well as mental health needs. Upon activation nearly 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses around the facility. In response to the alert a tip was received that assisted deputies in locating the couple at a hospital about 25 miles away from the facility.


Location: Albemarle, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, June 02, 2012

Stanly County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office The afternoon of Saturday, June 2 2012, Deputy Charles Huegel activated A Child Is Missing Alert. A 14 year old boy had been reported missing to his agency. Upon activation, nearly 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the residence in Albemarle where the boy was last seen, asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Sheriff’s Office. In response, a tip came in that lead deputies to a residence about a mile away from the boy’s home, where he was found with some of his friends.


Location: Clayton, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, April 23, 2012

Clayton, North Carolina (Johnston County) Police Department The evening of April 23, 2012, Sergeant Pruden called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 15 year old girl had been reported missing from her home. Upon activation, over 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the girl’s home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, tips were received that helped Police to locate the girl safe at a residence about 2 miles away.


Location: Gastonia, NC

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Monday, April 23, 2012

Ranlo, North Carolina (Gaston County) Police Department When a 20 year old man with Asperger’s was reported missing the evening of April 23, 2012, Officer Dowd activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist. More than 1,400 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the area where the man was last seen, giving his description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. Tips received as a result of the alert enabled Police to locate the man safe in a local park less than a half mile away. Total time from activation to safe recovery was less than 30 minutes.


Location: Lumberton, NC

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Monday, April 02, 2012

Lumberton, North Carolina (Robeson County) Police Department When a 71 year old man suffering from a lung disease was reported missing from his home, Officer Lawry activated A Child Is Missing Alert. Over 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, several tips came in that enabled Police to locate the man within minutes in an area approximately 2 miles away from his home.


Location: Albemarle, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Stanly County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office “Child was located in less than one hour after calls went out” The child was a 12 year old boy that had run away from his home at 7am on February 14, 2012. Sergeant Willis activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist and approximately 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent surrounding the boy’s home as well as an intersection nearby where a neighbor had spotted him. Tips from the alert calls helped Police to locate the boy safe, 3 miles away from his home.


Location: Goldsboro, NC

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Goldsboro, North Carolina (Wayne County) Police Department The morning of Tuesday, November 29, 2011, Investigator Bevell activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency in finding a missing 36 year old woman reportedly suffering from schizophrenia. The woman hadn’t been seen since the previous evening and Police and caregivers feared for her safety. More than 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent to the area where the woman was last seen and according to a written response from Investigator Bevell, within 10 minutes, 2 tips came in placing the woman at a nearby park. Police responded and discovered the woman cold and wet from a recent thunderstorm.


Location: Hendersonville, NC

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Friday, November 25, 2011

Henderson County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office “Within a few minutes after the alert went out, a resident in the notification area saw the missing person walking on the side of the road,” wrote Sergeant Carriker after she activated A Child Is Missing Alert on Friday, November 25, 2011. A 78 year old man reported to be suffering from dementia and dependent on insulin had gone missing from his home in Hendersonville that afternoon. Approximately 100 telephone alert calls had gone out to the rural area surrounding the man’s home. He was located a short time later approximately 2 miles away.


Location: Hendersonville, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, November 24, 2011

Hendersonville, North Carolina (Henderson County) Police Department The early afternoon of Thursday, November 24, 2011, a 16 year old boy was reported missing by his father. His father was concerned because the boy suffers from autism and had gone for a short walk. He usually came back within ten minutes and it had been over an hour. Dispatcher Howard activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Sergeant Smith, who was leading the search and nearly 1,000 telephone alert calls were placed surrounding the boy’s home. In response 15 calls came in from residents that reported seeing the boy walking. One tip in particular was from a man that saw the boy walking at an intersection a little over 2 miles from the boy’s home. Police responded and located the boy at a gas station tired due to walking but uninjured. He was reunited with his father.


Location: Dunn, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, September 03, 2011

Dunn, North Carolina (Harnett County) Police Department The afternoon of Saturday, September 3, 2011, a 9 year old ran away from her home in Dunn. The girl had run away before but had always returned quickly and this time she was gone for nearly 3 hours. Investigator Tyndall activated A Child Is Missing and over 1,700 telephone alert calls were sent to homes surrounding the girl’s residence. In response, tips came in that enabled Police to locate the girl safe, approximately 2 hours later, a little over 1 mile from her home. “On behalf of our agency, we would like to that you for assistance in locating the missing child in our city,” wrote Investigator Tyndall.


Location: Hendersonville, NC

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Henderson County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office In the early afternoon on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, Lieutenant Peppers was leading the search for a missing 73 year old woman reportedly suffering from Alzheimer’s. The woman had last been seen at her home in Hendersonville at 12pm. The ACIM technician took all of the woman’s information from Dispatcher Karen and mapped out the area, placing nearly 1,500 alert calls to residents and businesses. In response, over 10 tips with information were received that enabled Police to find the woman safe, approximately ½ mile from her home. “We appreciate the quick notification” wrote Dispatcher Karen, “Within minutes of activation, we began receiving phone calls.”


Location: Albemarle, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, July 25, 2011

Stanly County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office At 4:50pm on Monday, July 25, 2011, A Child Is Missing received a call from Lieutenant Everette who was leading the search for a 15 year old boy reported missing from his home in Norwood. The boy had been seen five hours earlier walking northbound when he disappeared. Over 400 telephone alert calls were placed to the area where the boy was last seen, asking residents to contact Police if they had any information. In response, 10 phone calls with information led Police to the boy that had gone to a friend’s home, approximately 3 miles from where he had gone missing.


Location: Concord, NC

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Monday, January 03, 2011

Concord, North Carolina (Cabarrus County) Police Department Monday, January 3, 2011, a 62 year old man was reported missing and the Concord Police Department answered the call. He was reported to be suffering from Alzheimer’s had high blood pressure as well as a stint in his heart and he had already been missing for several hours when Police were notified. Sergeant Smith activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist and over 1,000 alert calls were placed surrounding the man’s home asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, 3 citizens called with tips that placed the man in an area over 5 miles away from his home. When officers responded, they found the man safe, but confused. Total time from activation to safe recovery was under one hour, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.


Location: Albemarle, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, August 28, 2010

Stanly County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office The morning of Saturday, August 28, 2010, a 10 year old girl was reported missing and Sergeant Russal was investigating her disappearance. The girl had last been seen by her parents when she left to walk the family dachshund, and now hours had passed with no sign of either. Sergeant Russal brought in k-9 units but due to the amount of foot traffic in the area, that search was ineffective. Subsequently, A Child Is Missing was activated and more than 3,000 alert calls were placed around the girl’s Albemarle address. A recipient of the alert call was able to provide the location of the girl and she was located safe, approximately 1.5 miles from where she had gone missing. Total time from activation to safe recovery was 24 minutes.


Location: Fairmont, NC

Type of Case: Silver Alert

Date Recovered: Friday, May 14, 2010

Fairmont, North Carolina (Robeson County) Police Department Friday, May 14, 2010, Chief Parker activated A Child Is Missing Alert seeking help in locating a missing 52 year old man with multiple medical conditions. The Fairmont Police Department was referred to ACIM by the North Carolina Silver Alert and this was their first time utilizing the service. More than 4,000 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 700 block of South Walnut Street, where the gentleman had last been seen. In response, the agency received numerous calls from residents, and news of the missing man began travelling around the town. Word eventually spread to the neighboring town of Lumberton, where the man was found safe by a Lumberton Police officer, 12 miles from where he had gone missing.


Location: Raleigh, NC

Type of Case: Child

Date Recovered: Saturday, March 27, 2010

Wake County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office Saturday, March 27, 2010, Deputy O’Neal activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency’s search for a missing 4 year old boy. The circumstances were particularly alarming because the boy had been taken by force during a violent domestic dispute. Over 650 alert calls with a description of the boy, the person Deputies believed had taken him, and the vehicle they were last seen driving away in. One of those alert calls went to the house of a relative of the child, where the child happened to had been dropped off at. The relative had not known that Police were searching for the child until they received the alert message by telephone. They immediately notified Police that the child was in their care, and the child was brought to Police safe.


Location: Hendersonville, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, February 20, 2010

“The girls were located thanks to you,” Sergeant Wanda Ponder said of the A Child is Missing Alert program, “because callers gave us their direction of travel.” This was after more than 2,400 alert calls were placed to assist in the agency’s search for two nine year old girls that had gone missing after a sleepover. The girls were last seen playing in the yard near the 5300 block of Old Clear Creek Road in Edneyville. The Sheriff’s office received more than 20 calls from the community, enabling them to locate the girls safe, walking along a road about 3 miles from where they had gone missing.


Location: Wendell, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wendell, North Carolina (Wake County) Police Department When a nine year old boy thought to be in need of medical attention went missing at 11:25am on January 12, 2010, Police Dispatcher Daryl Hales activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. More than 4,100 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 500 block of Cook Street in Wendell where the boy had last been seen. Unbeknownst to Police as they were conducting the search, the boy was hiding because he was in trouble and didn’t want to go home. In response to the alert calls, Police received 25 calls from the public with information—several of whom, had seen the boy according to Dispatcher Hales. Ultimately Wendell Police located the boy safe on Highway 97 near Edgemont Road, approximately three miles from where he had gone missing.


Location: Columbus, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Nearly 4,000 alert calls seeking information regarding a missing 10 year old girl were launched by A Child Is Missing in Columbus, North Carolina after the Polk County Sheriff’s Office activated the Alert Program. The girl had last been seen at approximately 4:00pm on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 in the 2200 block of Houston Road in Columbus. Polk County Sheriff’s deputies were led to the girl’s whereabouts at a neighbor’s house as a direct result of the A Child Is Missing alert phone calls.


Location: Halifax, NC

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Tuesday, April 21, 2009

When a 46 year old man in need of medical attention went missing from the area of Highway 48 and Rhea Smith Road in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina on April 18, 2009, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office contacted A Child Is Missing. After activating the Alert Program, which generated more than 1,500 alert calls to the area in question, information from the public resulting from the alerts led directly to the man’s safe recovery approximately one mile from where he had last been seen.


Location: Wilson, NC

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Thursday, March 05, 2009

At approximately 11:00pm on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 a 39 year old man in need of medical attention went missing from the 400 block of Lee Street in Wilson, North Carolina. Police there contacted A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist their search. More than 5,000 alert calls were placed to the area in which the man had last been seen, an effort which generated four calls with information to the Wilson Police Department. Information from those calls led directly to the man’s safe recovery in the 600 block of Vick Street in Wilson approximately ½ mile from where he had last been seen.


Location: Hendersonville, NC

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Thursday, February 19, 2009

On the afternoon of February 19, 2009, Hendersonville, North Carolina Police Dispatcher Jeffrey Tweed activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to bolster his agency’s search for a missing 73 year old man. The man had last been seen in the 1800 block of Four Seasons Boulevard in Hendersonville at approximately 2:30pm. Five phone calls were received by Hendersonville Police in response to the A Child Is Missing alert calls placed to the search area. As a result, the man was located at 5:35pm that day one mile from where he had gone missing.


Location: Lumberton, NC

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, February 05, 2009

On Thursday, February 5, 2009 an 8 year old boy went missing from the 1800 block of Williamson Road in Fairmont, North Carolina. The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office had concerns about the boy and thought he might be in the company of a 23 year old man and they might be travelling in a white Dodge Dakota pick-up truck. Robeson County Sheriff’s Sergeant Russ called A Child Is Missing and requested the assistance of the Alert Program in their search. After more than 3,000 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the boy had last been seen, one call was received by the Sheriff’s Office from a person who received the alert—that led them to the boy. He was safely located at a convenience store in Red Springs, North Carolina approximately 20 miles from where he had gone missing.


Location: Hendersonville, NC

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Thursday, February 05, 2009

“We just did training on this program on 2/2/09,” said Hendersonville, North Carolina Police Lead Tele-communicator Monica Howard, “it worked great.” This after Hendersonville Police activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to assist their search for a 78 year old man who had gone missing from the 1900 block of Four Seasons Boulevard in Hendersonville shortly after 2:00pm on February 5, 2009. Police received 18 calls from the public as a result of the A Child Is Missing alert calls—one of which was a nurse who had seen the man in the lobby of a building approximately ¼ mile from where he had last been seen.


Location: Butner, NC

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Monday, August 11, 2008

Butner, NC (Granville County) Police Department - “ACIM [A Child Is Missing] proved to be a valuable resource in locating the missing person in a timely manner,” said Butner, North Carolina Police Lieutenant D.C. Parrott. This after he activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to help in the search for a missing 40 year old man in need of medical assistance on August 11, 2008. The man had been missing for five days and more than 5,200 alert telephone calls were placed to the area surrounding the 600 block of 26th Street in Butner. This generated approximately 40 phone calls with information to Police. “Multiple tips were received and followed up by law enforcement,” Parrott said. This led to the man’s recovery and subsequent evaluation at a local hospital.


Location: Lincolnton, NC

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Thursday, October 04, 2007

Lincolnton, NC (Lincoln County) - A woman on her way home on October 4, 2007 in Lincolnton, North Carolina passed a 13 year old girl for whom the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was looking—though she didn’t know it at the time. Upon returning home, she learned of the A Child Is Missing alert call, remembered the girl, and called the Sheriff’s Office. A deputy was dispatched to the area in which the woman had seen the girl and the 13 year old was safely recovered and reunited with her family. This occurred within 45 minutes of the Sheriff’s Office call to A Child Is Missing.


Location: Kannapolis, NC

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Thursday, October 04, 2007

Kannapolis, NC (Cabarrus County) – Robbie Austin was an alert and concerned citizen in Cabarrus County, North Carolina who received an alert call from A Child Is Missing on the afternoon of October 4, 2007. She not only went outside to look for the eight year old autistic child described in the alert, but drove around searching as well. Her efforts were fruitful as she noticed a light on in a church bus parked behind the West A Street Church of God in Kannapolis. The woman checked the bus and located the boy. Kannapolis Police Sergeant Rick Towell worked the case and said the boy was found within 45 minutes of the alert calls being launched. Incident #


Location: Zebulon, NC

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Monday, March 19, 2007

Zebulon, NC (Wake County) – March 19, 2007, a 13-year-old boy went missing. Lt. Chris Brey from the Zebulon Police Department called A Child Is Missing for assistance. The Technician on call placed approximately 600 calls in the neighborhood. The Zebulon PD received 3 leads that prompted them to expand the calling area. The Technician placed an additional 1000 calls to the neighborhood where the child was spotted resulting in a safe recovery. Lt. Brey stated, “3 calls gave us information … a second call out was made … to the city where he was found.” Incident # 15961


Location: Brevard, NC

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Thursday, January 05, 2006

Brevard, NC / Orlando, FL – January 5, 2006, A missing North Carolina teenager who was believed to have been abducted by her uncle and taken to Florida has been found. A telephone alert, sent out by Fort Lauderdale-based A Child is Missing, helped snare Samuel Lively hours after he applied for work in Orlando. Lively was spotted on US 441 near Sheridan Street in Hollywood, FL and another sighting was reported near Hillsboro Blvd in Deerfield Beach, FL. Within Days of the sightings, over 45,000 calls were placed to people in the two vicinities where the kidnapper and abductee were last seen. A relative of Steve Campi received the alert call. The relative had told friends about his trip hitchhiking from Georgia to Orlando and then from Orlando back home to Davie. Campi described the long trip with a man he later learned was Lively. Lively had no money, and Campi paid for the gas, Campi said. Campi described an older man with a much younger woman who had driven him over 11 hours in a pick-up truck. One of Campi's relatives, who had received the alert, called authorities on Wednesday night. The U.S. Marshals, along with Davie police, checked on the tip. Campi pointed law enforcement to places Lively may be seeking work or shelter, he said. U.S. marshals checked a nearby pawnshop and found that Lively pawned some items at a shop at U.S. 441 and Stirling Road. U.S. Marshals called an Orlando day labor staffing company called Bayside Staffing, where Lively had filled out an application at around 5:30 a.m. Campi was relieved police were able to find Lively quickly. ''I'm glad everything worked out for the girl,'' Campi said. ''And she wasn't harmed because that would have been on my conscience.'' (Many thanks to the FDLE, U.S. Marshals, Miami Herald, and Local 10 news for success information)

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