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Safe Recoveries in New York:

Location: Yaphank, NY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, December 14, 2013

Suffolk County, New York, Police Department (Suffolk County) In the early morning hours of Friday, December 13, 2013 the Suffolk County Police Department called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program for assistance in locating a missing 17 year old. The juvenile had gone missing the previous week and locating her was proving to be particularly challenging. Upon activation, two areas of interest were given - the 300 block of Central Park West and West 90th Street and Central Park West in Great Neck. Upon activation, over 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent to the areas of interest, asking anyone with information to contact Police if they had any information on the missing juvenile’s whereabouts. In response, Police received eight tips from the public. The tips received as a direct result of the alert, assisted them in locating the missing juvenile safe and unharmed the very next day, about 375 miles away.


Location: Yaphank, NY

Type of Case: Silver Alert

Date Recovered: Monday, September 30, 2013

Suffolk County, New York, Police Department (Suffolk County) The night of September 29, 2013, Dispatcher Kroupa called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. Det Sgt Bluethgen was leading the search for 67 year old insulin dependent diabetic woman that had gone missing in a shopping mall parking lot. A Child Is Missing Alert sent over 1,500 telephone alert calls to the area. The agency received several tips from residents and one from a taxi driver that dropped her off a distance away. Police responded and located her wandering about 8 miles from where she had gone missing.


Location: Town of Hamburg, NY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, March 4, 2013

Hamburg Town, New York Police Department (Erie County) “Phone calls resulting from the alert did assist in the recovery of the child. People in the company of the child became aware that she was missing and brought her home.” This was written by Detective Johnson after he activated A Child Is Missing Alert on March 4, 2013. A 15 year old girl was reported missing from her high school and concern for her safety was growing. Nearly 1000 telephone alert calls were placed to the region surrounding the school which brought in numerous tips leading to the safe recovery of the girl.


Location: Poughkeepsie, NY

Type of Case: Silver Alert

Date Recovered: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Poughkeepsie, New York (Dutchess County), Police Department Tuesday, September 25, 2012, an 88 year old man with dementia was reported missing from his home in Poughkeepsie. Dispatcher Brower activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Officer Fenichel at the scene. More than 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the man’s home. In response a tip was received from a nurse at a local hospital. The nurse stated she had seen a patient matching that description at the hospital. Police investigated and discovered that the man had been admitted to that hospital and the search was called off.


Location: Town of Hamburg, NY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, August 13, 2012

Hamburg Town, New York (Erie County), Police Department Sunday, August 12, 2012, Lieutenant Monaco and Detective Best called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert for a 19 year old boy. Police and his family were concerned because the boy had multiple mental illnesses and it was believed he could be a danger to himself. More than 1,100 telephone alert calls were sent to the region surrounding the boy’s home, giving his description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. Help from the alert public along with a cellphone ping enabled Police to track the boy to a nearby creek area where he was finally located safe the next morning.


Location: Cohoes, NY

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cohoes, New York (Albany County), Police Department When a 20 year old woman with diminished mental capacity went missing from her home in Cohoes on July 19, 2012, Dispatcher Ann Marie activated A Child Is Missing Alert. Lieutenant Keese was leading the search and over 1,100 calls were sent surrounding the girl’s home address, giving her description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. About an hour later, a sighting was reported by a Police Officer a few blocks away and a second phone alert was sent to that area. According to the case follow-up report sent by the agency, “Numerous residents responded to the scene offering to assist in the search along with Police Officers and on their own.” The woman was located safe that evening a quarter mile from her home.


Location: Utica, NY

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Thursday, May 3, 2012

Utica, New York (Oneida County), Police Department The afternoon of May 3, 2012, a 61 year old man suffering from dementia was reported missing from his home in Utica. Sergeant Convertino activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency’s search. Upon activation, more than 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the man’s home asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, several tip came in helping Police to locate the man safe, less than one mile away.


Location: Village of Irvington, NY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Irvington, New York (Westchester County), Police Department The evening of Wednesday, April 4, 2012, an 8 year old girl was reported missing from home after she was disciplined at school. She had last been seen near a wooded area close to a stream and concern for her safety was growing. Detective Foley and Officer Vize activated A Child Is Missing Alert and over 1,400 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the girl’s home. In response, the agency received several tips and several people came outside to assist in searching for the girl. The assistance from the community helped Police to locate the girl safe approximately ¼ mile away from her home.


Location: Town of Hamburg, NY

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hamburg Town, New York (Erie County), Police Department Wednesday, October 19, 2011 in the early evening, a man contacted Police to report that his 63 year old brother that suffers from dementia wandered away from him in the local shopping mall and was nowhere to be found. Detective Johnston led the search for the man and activated A Child Is Missing to assist. Over 2,000 telephone alert calls were sent covering both the mall and the man’s residence, in case he was headed toward home. In response, 9 tips were received. One of the callers reported seeing the man walking down South Park Avenue which is in a neighboring jurisdiction, 10 miles away from the mall. The Buffalo Police Department responded and was able to confirm that it was the missing man, who was returned home, safe.


Location: Ellicottville, NY

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Friday, August 12, 2011

Ellicottville, New York (Cattaraugus County), Police Department “System worked wonderful. Within about 45 minutes of calls being sent out, our Police Department had a tip on the individual’s whereabouts.” This was written in response to a follow-up to A Child Is Missing after Patrolman Benjamin activated the system to assist in his agency’s search for a missing 20 year old reported to be suffering from mental illness. Because the call was reported at close to midnight, only a few blocks surrounding the man’s home were called, but that was enough to get Police the tip they needed to end the search in a short time, saving worry, time and resources.


Location: Albany, NY

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Sunday, June 26, 2011

New York State Police The evening of Sunday, June 26, 2011, an 86 year old man that suffers from dementia was reported missing from his home in Bloomingburg. Trooper Navaro activated A Child Is Missing Alert and nearly 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses near the man’s home. In response, many neighbors came out to assist in the search. The man was found by one of those searchers in the woods behind his home a few hours after the alert calls were placed.


Location: Lockport, NY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Niagara County, New York Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, May 18, 2011, a 13 year old boy was reported missing in Lockport, New York. Deputy Licinio dialed A Child Is Missing Alert’s toll free number requesting assistance as his agency had done with successful results before. Nearly 1,500 alert phone calls were launched to homes and businesses around the boy’s residence. The Sheriff’s Office received tips from citizens that saw the boy in an area approximately one quarter mile from his home. They responded and located the boy safe. Total time from activation to safe recovery was 45 minutes.


Location: Ellenville, NY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ellenville, New York (Ulster County), Police Department The afternoon of February 10, 2011, Chief Mattracion activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency in a search for a missing 17 year old boy. It was extremely cold and he had been missing for over 24 hours. In addition, the boy was being treated for some medical conditions and did not have his medications with him. More than 1,300 alert calls were placed to the area where the boy had last been seen, asking anyone with information to contact Police. One of those alert calls went directly to a home where the missing boy had stayed the night, unbeknownst to his family. Upon hearing the alert, he immediately returned home. Total time from activation to safe recovery was 55 minutes, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.


Location: Poughkeepsie, NY

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Poughkeepsie, New York (Dutchess County), Police Department Tuesday, December 7, 2010, an 80 year old woman suffering from dementia was reported missing from her residence on Livingstone Street and The Poughkeepsie Police Department answered the call and began the search. Activating the A Child Is Missing Alert Program was part of the agency’s efforts and more than 1,400 alert calls were placed around the woman’s home where she had last been seen. After launching the calls, the department reported receiving three calls from residents with information that helped them find a direction of travel and finally led to the woman’s safe recovery, approximately one half mile from where she had gone missing.


Location: Scarsdale, NY

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Thursday, October 28, 2010

Scarsdale, New York (Westchester County), Police Department At approximately 10pm on Thursday, October 28, 2010 Officer Johnson called A Child Is Missing to activate The Alert. An 84 year old man suffering from dementia was reported missing from his home on Palmer Avenue. The man had been missing for around 3 hours and was reported to be heading in a southwesterly direction. Over 1,100 alert calls were placed, and the ACIM technician focused them to the southwest of the man’s home. In response, Police received tips that enabled them to locate the missing man safe, one half mile from where he had gone missing.


Location: Lockport, NY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Niagara County, New York Sheriff’s Office The evening of Tuesday, October 19, 2010, Deputy Rohde contacted A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. His agency, along with the New York State Police was searching for a 12 year old boy that had gone missing from his residence in Lockport. His family had just moved to the area and the boy did not yet have friends in the area or know his way around. Over 1,700 alert calls were placed, giving the boys name and description, and asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, a tip was received that led them to the location of the boy in a manufactured home complex approximately 2 miles from where he had gone missing. “The great news is this young boy was returned safely to his father within 12 minutes of the “Child is Missing” activation. The good news is valuable resources which cost a lot of money did not have to be used” stated Sheriff James R. Voutour.


Location: Ellenville, NY

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ellenville, New York (Ulster County), Police Department At 6:25pm on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, Lieutenant Doria activated A Child Is Missing to assist his agency in searching for a missing 75 year old man that had gone missing at 11:30 am that morning. Police and family were particularly concerned because the man is diabetic and also suffers from memory loss. More than 2,000 alert calls were placed surrounding the Maple Court address where the man had last been seen. “As a direct result of this activation,” said Chief Mattracion, “the subject was located within 47 minutes in good health.”


Location: Bellmont, NY

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Monday, June 14, 2010

New York State Police On Monday, June 14, 2010, Sergeant Kazmierczak activated the A Child Is Missing Alert to assist the State Police in searching for a 75 year old woman that had made threats against her life. She had gone missing the previous evening and Police did not know her direction of travel, or what she even might be wearing. More than 2,000 alert calls giving just the woman’s basic information were placed around the Wellsville address where the woman was last seen. One of those alert calls went directly to a home where the missing woman was staying. Upon hearing of the message, the missing woman phoned the Police to let them know that she was safe, thus calling off the search and saving additional time and resources that would have been spent. “Very helpful,” said Sergeant Kazmierczak, “A great tool.”


Location: Batavia, NY

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Thursday, April 8, 2010

New York State Police-Troop A On Thursday, April 8th, 2010, Trooper Nolder activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency in the search of a 79 year old man suffering from dementia who had gone missing the previous evening in his pickup truck. Over 1,000 calls were placed, covering a 15 square mile radius surrounding the Porterville address where he was last seen. In response to the alert calls, Police received a call from a woman who gave the location of the man’s vehicle. Ultimately, the man was located safe, 30 miles from where he had gone missing. It was later learned that he became confused and drove off road and into the mud. His truck became stuck in the mud and he remained in his truck all night until the Troopers arrived the next morning.


Location: Scarsdale, NY

Type of Case: Child

Date Recovered: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Scarsdale, New York (Westchester County), Police Department - On Wednesday, March 17, 2010, Sergeant Godshall activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist in his agency’s search for an 11 year old boy that had run away from home after he had gotten into an argument with his parents. Authorities were also concerned because the boy was thought to be in need of medical attention. More than 2,600 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the intersection of Glendale Road and Windmill Lane where the boy had last been seen. In response to those alert calls, Police received four calls with information on the boy’s whereabouts. One of those came from a resident who had seen the boy prior to receiving the alert call. She was then able to provide Police with information leading them directly to the boy, who was then located safe, approximately one half mile from where he had gone missing.


Location: Rome, NY

Type of Case: Child

Date Recovered: Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Rome, New York (Oneida County), Police Department - On Wednesday, March 3, 2010, Investigator Jon Carr activated the A Child Is Missing Alert to assist in his agency’s search for a fifteen year old girl and her four month old daughter. She had last been seen getting out of taxi with her daughter and Police had three addresses in Utica they believed she could be. The technician mapped out an area that followed a main road which connected the three Utica addresses. Over 5,300 alert calls were placed surrounding those addresses. In response, Police received over 75 calls from the public with information, and one of those calls gave the location of the girl and her infant daughter. Both were found safe by Police.


Location: Rome, NY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, January 2, 2010

Rome, New York (Oneida County), Police Department When a 15 year old girl went missing in Rome, New York, Rome Police Patrolman Jason Barton called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist his agency’s search. The girl had last been seen at 8:30pm on New Year’s night and the Alert Program was being activated the following afternoon. With more than 4,000 alert calls placed to the area surrounding 421 Williams Street in Rome, the girl’s last known whereabouts, the girl was located at 5:00pm on January 2, 2010.


Location: Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Thursday, April 9, 2009

A 73 year old man afflicted with Alzheimer’s went missing from Dorchester Avenue in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York on the afternoon of April 9, 2009. Hastings-on-Hudson Police Sergeant Andrew Hayden called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist his agency’s search for the man. After more than 1,700 alert phone calls were placed to the area surrounding where the man had last been seen, eight people phoned police with information. One of the callers, notified by the A Child Is Missing alert calls, reported having seen the man in a wooded area and he was able to provide a direction of travel. This information was passed off to, among others, a Fire Chief who followed the directions and located the man safe. Ultimately he was found at Children’s Village off Walgrove Avenue in Dobbs Ferry, New York approximately ½ mile from where he had last been seen.


Location: City of Yonkers, NY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, October 17, 2008

Yonkers, New York (Westchester County), Police Department Yonkers, New York Police called A Child Is Missing on the afternoon of October 17, 2008 seeking help in the search for a 13 year old boy who Police believed might be in need of medical assistance. The boy had gone missing earlier that afternoon from the area of the intersection of Lockwood Avenue and Saw Mill River Road in Yonkers. Three separate waves of phone alerts were strategically placed and ultimately the boy was located in front of the house of a man who had received an alert call. He notified police and the boy was reunited with his family.


Location: City of Yonkers, NY

Type of Case: Found Disabled

Date Recovered: Thursday, July 24, 2008

On the morning of July 24, 2008 the Yonkers New York Police Department called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program for assistance in locating a missing 76 year old woman afflicted with Alzheimer’s. The woman had gone missing the previous morning and locating her was proving to be particularly challenging. Numerous waves of alert calls were sent out in the areas surrounding the 100 block of Riverdale Avenue and the 2500 block of Central Park Avenue in Yonkers—totaling more than 31,000 alert calls. Ultimately the woman was located safely after nearly 200 calls were received by Police from people who had received the A Child Is Missing alert call.


Location: Albany City, NY

Type of Case: Found Child

Date Recovered: Saturday, July 19, 2008

A missing nine year old boy was located one town over from Albany, New York on July 19, 2008 after he had gone missing the previous night. After he went missing from the 300 block of Orange Street in Albany, Detective P.J. McKenna of Albany Police activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. More than 5,000 alert calls were launched and the boy was located at a relatives house.


Location: Albany, NY

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Monday, July 14, 2008

July 14, 2008 at approximately 10:45am, an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s went missing from the 1000 block of Washington Avenue in Albany, New York and Sergeant Mike Hicks activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. Nearly 5,000 alert calls were placed to the area with the woman’s description and several residents contacted police with information. One of them specifically led to the woman’s location approximately three miles from her home.


Location: City of Yonkers, NY

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Wednesday, April 16, 2008

After a 76 year old woman in need of medical assistance went missing in Yonkers, New York, police there called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program. She had gone missing at approximately 6:00pm on Wednesday, April 16, 2008. Four waves of alert calls were launched in the areas surround the intersection of Ashburton and Yonkers Avenues. In total, 9,400 alert calls were sent to residents and businesses in the area. From these, one call was received by Yonkers Police in response. That one call led police to the missing woman—who was located right around the corner from where she had gone missing.


Location: City of Yonkers, NY

Type of Case: Missing Disabled

Date Recovered: Sunday, February 17, 2008

Yonkers, NY (Westchester County) - On Sunday, February 17, 2008 the Yonkers, New York Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program in reference to a missing man in need of medical attention. The man had last been seen in the 800 block of McLean Avenue in Yonkers less than two hours before policed called A Child Is Missing. After four waves of alert phone calls—more than 10,000 calls in all—the man’s whereabouts were made known to police from a person who had received an alert call.

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