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Safe Recoveries in Oklahoma:

Location: Duncan, OK

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, August 05, 2013

Duncan, Oklahoma Police Department (Stephens County) “Juveniles were seen near the recovery location, phone calls prompted Police presence,” a Police official wrote after the department activated A Child Is Missing Alert on August 5, 2013. Two boys, ages 10 and 12 had gone missing that evening while riding scooters. More than 500 telephone alert calls were sent to the rural area asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, the agency received several tips which assisted Police in locating the boys safe about 4.5 miles away.


Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Type of Case: Silver Alert

Date Recovered: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Police Department (Oklahoma County) “Very helpful in finding the missing individual,” wrote Detective Upshaw. The detective activated A Child Is Missing Alert along with the State’s Silver Alert on July 24, 2013. A 60 year old man went missing at 5:30pm and authorities were concerned because he was reported to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. A Child Is Missing Alert placed nearly 1,200 telephone alert calls to the area which assisted Police in locating the man safe about 3 miles away.


Location: Bixby, OK

Type of Case: Amber Alert

Date Recovered: Monday, February 11, 2013

Bixby Oklahoma Police Department (Tulsa County) Monday, February 11, 2013, Corporal White called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 4 year old boy was missing from his home in Bixby and there was concern for the boy’s safety as the boy was thought to have been abducted by an acquaintance of the family. The department also issued an Amber Alert. Over 800 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses in the area where the boy was last seen. The alert gave the description of the boy, the woman the boy was last seen with and the vehicle they were reportedly in. According to the case follow-up report, more than 20 residents called in as a result of the alert, and “ACIM was a valuable tool.” The boy was found with the suspected kidnapper at a gas station about 6.5 miles away from his home.


Location: Duncan, OK

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, April 07, 2012

Duncan, Oklahoma (Stephens County) Police Department It was the middle of the night on April 7, 2012 when Detective Fitzhugh activated A Child Is Missing Alert regarding a missing 8 year old girl. Due to the concern for the girl’s safety, calls were sent despite the late hour to assist the department with the search. When the girl was still missing at 7am, an expansion of the calling area was made covering nearly 3 miles. In response, several calls came in from residents. One of those calls was from an individual that knew where the child was. That person was able to contact the residence and get the child returned home, safe at approximately 9:35am.


Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, January 14, 2012

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Oklahoma County) Police Department It was after midnight on January 14, 2012 when Sergeant Hubbard contacted A Child Is Missing to request assistance in locating a missing 13 year old boy. The boy was reported to be developmentally delayed and as a result is easily confused and prone to becoming lost. He had last been seen earlier that evening when he went outside to play but he did not return home. Despite the late hour, approximately 200 telephone alert calls were sent surrounding the boy’s home, asking residents to contact Police if they saw him. By early morning the boy was still missing and an additional 2,000 telephone alert calls were sent over a 3 mile radius. Finally a citizen that received the call spotted the boy and notified Police. The boy was located safe, approximately 2 miles away from his home at 7:30am.


Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, October 29, 2011

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Oklahoma County) Police Department “The child was located within minutes of the alert being activated. Thanks!” Lieutenant Hutchcroft wrote after he activated A Child Is Missing Alert on the afternoon of Saturday, October 29, 2011. He was leading the search for a missing 12 year old boy that hadn’t been seen since the previous evening. More than 1,400 alert calls were placed surrounding the boy’s home, and one tip came in informing Police that the boy was at a friend’s house approximately ½ mile from his home.


Location: Norman, OK

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Norman, Oklahoma (Cleveland County) Police Department The morning of Tuesday, August 2, 2011, an 11 year old boy was reported missing from his home in Norman. It was realized that he hadn’t been seen since the previous evening and the area was experiencing a heat wave with temperatures over 100. Detective Schinnerer contacted A Child Is Missing Alert and nearly 1,400 telephones in the boy’s neighborhood began ringing, asking residents to check their own property, and to contact Police if they had information about the boy. One tip with a sighting of the boy came in and finally, a few hours after the alert went out, relatives where the boy was staying contacted Police, stating that they had received the alert. Ultimately the relatives returned the boy home safe.


Location: Claremore, OK

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Saturday, June 18, 2011

Claremore, Oklahoma (Rogers County) Police Department Saturday, June 18, 2011, an 87 year old man suffering from dementia was reported missing from his home in Claremore. Dispatcher Trisha Cardon activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist as her agency had done with successful results before, and more than 1,500 telephone alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the man’s home. One tip came in from a diner at the Golden Corral. The caller had received the alert call and while in line at the restaurant noticed that the man in front of them in the line matched the description of the missing man. Police were notified and man was located safe, approximately 1.5 miles from where he went missing.


Location: Tulsa, OK

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, June 13, 2011

Tulsa Oklahoma (Tulsa County) Police Department The evening of Monday, June 13, 2011, The Tulsa Police Department was searching for an 11 year old boy that had disappeared from his home on Admiral Boulevard. Dispatcher Terry activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Officer Flay at the location and over 1,400 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the boy’s home. In response, 7 tips with sightings of the boy came in, all placing the boy in the same vicinity. Police responded and located the boy safe, near a relative’s home, approximately 6 miles from where he had gone missing.


Location: Vinita, OK

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, October 15, 2010

Vinita, Oklahoma (Craig County) Police Department The evening of Friday, October 15, 2010, a 7 year old girl was reported missing from her Grandmother’s residence in Vinita. Officer Hampsten called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert and more than 1,700 alert calls went out to the community asking anyone with information to call Police. “After activating the alert our dispatch received numerous calls concerning the child and provided our agency with a great number of additional volunteers.” Said Lieutenant Messick, “With your help, the child was located near the residence of her Grandmother. Thank You for a great service.” Total time from activation to safe recovery was 45 minutes, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.


Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Oklahoma County) Police Department Wednesday, July 21, 2010. Lieutenant Buckley contacted A Child Is Missing Alert at 12:30 pm regarding an 80 year old woman that had gone missing from the 13000 Block of North Pennsylvania Avenue. The woman suffers from Alzheimer’s and had not been seen since 10:30 that morning. More than 5,000 alert calls were placed to residents and businesses with the woman’s description. An employee of Starbucks received the alert message on the business phone and noticed the missing woman walking by the store. The employee notified Police and the woman was found safe, three quarters of a mile from where she had gone missing.


Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, July 01, 2010

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Oklahoma County) Police Department At approximately 2am on Thursday, July 1, 2010, A Child Is Missing Alert received a call from Lieutenant Cooper who leading the search for an 8 year old boy that had gone missing a few hours earlier. Despite the late hour, due to the boy’s young age, the decision was made to call a wide area and nearly 2,300 alert calls were placed surrounding the 47th street address where the boy was last seen. One of those alert calls went to a home where the child happened to have run away to, and the family, having received the alert call, contacted Police. Ultimately, within 15 minutes of the alert activation, the child was located safe, saving law enforcement time and resources.


Location: Claremore, OK

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, October 02, 2009

Claremore, Oklahoma (Rogers County) Police Department Claremore, Oklahoma Police called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program an hour after a nine year old boy had gone missing from the 300 block of Fry Terrace in Claremore at approximately 6:00pm on Friday, October 2, 2009. More than 4,000 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding that address and 17 minutes later the boy was found based on information generated by the alert calls. Several people had called Claremore Police after receiving the alert and provided information that helped locate the boy safely as he was walking in the 2300 block of South Highway 66 in Claremore.


Location: Claremore, OK

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Friday, August 14, 2009

Claremore, Oklahoma (Rogers County) Police Department A 67 year old heart patient went missing in severe heat in Claremore, Oklahoma on Friday, August 14, 2009 at 12:45pm. Claremore Police activated A Child Is Missing shortly after they were made aware of the missing man and alert calls were placed to the area in question. Approximately eight to 10 calls from the public with information were received by Claremore Police. A woman who received an alert call had seen the missing man walk by her house shortly after and called Police providing his whereabouts.


Location: Dewey, OK

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, August 02, 2009

Dewey, Oklahoma (Washington County) Police Department According to Dewey, Oklahoma Police Sergeant Tim Stringer, the A Child Is Missing Alert Program “helped to narrow down where the juvenile was and kept him running until he was caught.” The missing juvenile was a 17 year old boy who had last been seen in the area of North Shawnee Avenue in Dewey on August 1, 2009 at approximately 6:30pm. Escalating the danger of the situation was the knowledge of Police that the boy had taken a 9mm handgun. With more than 3,800 alert calls placed to the area, ultimately the boy was located without harm to anyone. “You were very helpful to us since he had stolen the 9mm handgun,” said Sergeant Stringer.


Location: Arnett, OK

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, May 22, 2009

Arnett, Oklahoma (Ellis County) Police Department A 12 year old boy in Arnett, Oklahoma was last seen wearing Superman pajama pants on May 22, 2009. He had gone missing at approximately 6:30pm that day from the 100 block of South Jackson Street in Arnett and Arnett Police began a search for him. A short time after the search began, Police called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program which resulted in more than 700 alert phone calls to the area surrounding where the boy had last been seen. This generated several calls from the public with information helpful to Police who located the boy safe approximately ¼ of mile from where he had gone missing.


Location: Arapaho, OK

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, November 29, 2008

Custer County, Oklahoma Sheriff’s Office - On November 29, 2008, the Custer County, Oklahoma Sheriff’s Office called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program regarding the search for an 11 year old Boy who had gone missing at 8:00am that day. After placing more than 1,700 alert calls to the area surrounding where she had last been seen, Custer County Sheriff’s Office received two calls from the public in response. The first caller was a man who had given the boy a ride to Corn, Oklahoma that day and the second from a woman who said the boy had been in her place of business in Corn several times that day. This information led directly to the girl’s recovery.


Location: Elk City, OK

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, June 15, 2008

Elk City, Oklahoma (Beckham County) Police Department On June 15, 2009 an eight year old boy, whose scooter was found left in an alley, had gone missing from the 600 block of First Street in Elk City, Oklahoma. Elk City Police, having successfully used the A Child Is Missing Alert Program previously, again activated the Alert Program. With nearly 1,700 alert calls placed to the area, approximately 50 calls were received by Police in response. Ultimately an Elk City resident who had received an alert phone call, located the child and brought him to the Police Department.


Location: Snyder, OK

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, May 13, 2008

On May 13, 2008 two 13 year old girls went missing in Snyder, Oklahoma and, at approximately 11:00am, Assistance Chief of Police Carol Bauer called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program. The girls, possibly in need of medical assistance, had gone missing from the 900 block of C Street in Snyder and had not been seen by anyone known to police since 8:05 that morning. After A Child Is Missing launched alert calls to the area surrounding the girls’ last known location, Police received 10 calls from members of the community. As it turns out, “the business owner across the street from the Police Department saw the girls walking west on 8th Street and he came to the Police Department and told us,” Assistant Chief Bauer said. Chief of Police Chuck Moles and Assistant Chief Bauer then went to the 200 block of 8th Street and located the girls.


Location: Elk City, OK

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Saturday, January 26, 2008

Elk City, OK (Beckham County) - When a 14 year old girl ran away on January 26, 2008 in Elk City, Oklahoma, Police activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to augment their search. A Child Is Missing launched more than 5,000 alert calls which generated approximately 45 responses from alert citizens to Elk City Police. According to Patrolman Dale Mellior: “the missing person was located within a couple of blocks of the address on North Adams. She was hiding in a culvert under the roadway. One of the phone calls led the police to a residence/person who assisted in taking the runaway into custody.”


Location: Duncan, OK

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Sunday, December 03, 2006

Duncan, OK – On December 3, 2006, A Child Is Missing was contacted by the Duncan Police Department who needed assistance with a missing child in their town. They provided the technician on call with information about the 13-year-old girl who was reported as a possible runway, which included her description and her last known location. ACIM placed over one thousand calls to the community. The Duncan Police Department received approximately 35 calls that provided vital information that let to the save recovery of the 13 year old. Communication Officer Branden Johnson said, “Several good tips lead to the recovery. Thank you!!!”


Location: Okmulgee, OK

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Monday, May 15, 2006

Okmulgee, OK - On May 15, 2006, an 8-year-old boy was reported as missing from his home in Okmulgee (Okmulgee County), OK. Okmulgee PD contacted a Child Is Missing with information regarding the child's absence, a description of the boy and the region. 1897 calls were placed in the vicinity of the child's last known location, asking for citizens to be aware that this child is missing and to look over their property for him. Of the fifty responders, one call led to his recovery due to a recipient of the alert calls matching the boy's description to the juvenile he'd seen earlier. The caller advised where he had last seen the boy and the missing child was recovered safely a short time later. Det. Sgt. Jason Spradling, officer in charge of the case was quoted as saying "Thank you for your assistance, Great Program!"


Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Type of Case: Missing Elderly

Date Recovered: Friday, August 05, 2005

Oklahoma City, OK - On August 5, 2005, an 81-year old man was reported missing in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma County), Oklahoma. After evaluating the situation, Sgt Matt Reed of the Oklahoma City PD contacted A Child Is Missing and reported a full description to be distributed via telephone. A Child Is Missing placed 2502 alert calls over the area where the man was last seen. Oklahoma City PD received numerous responses from residents, one of whom got the message on her answering machine, and realized that she had seen a person matching that description waiting at a nearby bus stop. A patrolman was sent to the scene, and recovered the missing man. As a result of the alert, he was returned home approximately 30 minutes after the alert calls were placed. Lt. Patrick Stewart was quoted as saying “As a supervisor over the OCPD Missing Persons Unit and as a pare time law enforcement trainer for A Child Is Missing, I understand its effectiveness. This case is just another example of how A Child Is Missing assists law enforcement in safe and quick recoveries.”


Location: Coweta, OK

Type of Case: Missing Elderly

Date Recovered: Friday, May 20, 2005

Coweta, OK - On May 20, 2005, an 83-year-old man with Alzheimer’s / Dementia was reported as having wandered off while shopping with his daughter in Coweta, Oklahoma. Lt. Krumsiek of the Coweta Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing and reported a full description to be distributed via telephone. A Child Is Missing placed 1366 calls over the area where he was last seen and the region near his home, in case he had found a way to return there on his own. Of the approximately 40 calls back by residents regarding the alert, one from a bank receptionist home from lunch reported to the police that a man meeting his description had been sitting in the lobby of where she worked and was reading a book. He and his daughter were reunited within 15 minutes of the calls going out.


Location: Coweta, OK

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Monday, March 14, 2005

Coweta, OK - Coweta Police Department – On March 14, 2005, two teenage girls were reported missing to Lt. Donnie Krumsiek. ACIM put out numerous phone calls into the area of 148th and 305th within 3.5 minutes, Phone calls and information started coming in reference to information of possible locations of the missing juveniles. The officer placed the second call giving new information for the second mass call into a different area. The juvenile females were located unharmed in an abandoned trailer house and transported to the Coweta Police Department. Soon after the children were located, officers arrested Travis Hodges, for aiding and harboring a run-a-way and child endangerment. He is a registered sex offender. He picked the girls up after school and took them to the trailer and told them to stay there and that he would be back early the next morning to pick them up. The officer in charge was quoted as saying “This is the first time that we have used this free service. It worked flawlessly! There were numerous phone calls put out into specific areas without a glitch. There was an 87% pickup rate with a 17% no contact. All of the officers involved did outstanding following up on leads obtained from phone calls and walk-ins. “A Child Is Missing” is an essential tool that law enforcement must use to aid in the effort to recover missing children, elderly people, the disabled, and to notify communities that a sexual predator has moved into their neighborhoods. Through the efforts of this program there are two healthy children sleeping comfortably in their own beds and one sex offender in jail.”


Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Saturday, November 06, 2004

Oklahoma City, OK - Oklahoma City Police Department - November 6, 2004 a 10-year-old boy was reported missing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Lt. Ron Keef of the Oklahoma City Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing Alert program requesting assistance. A Child Is Missing technician launched the 1,549 alert phone calls to homes and businesses in the area where the child had last been seen. The police department received several calls from residents. A lead directed police to a classmate of the child, who had heard mention of a sleepover at a friend's house. The police investigated, and found the missing child there. The adult at that location was under the impression that the child had received permission. Lt. Keef wrote on the follow-up report to ACIM, “Thank you for your help, this is a very valuable program!"


Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma City Police Department – On October 26, 2004 a 10-year-old boy was taken to a clinic for a flu shot. Fearful of the shot, he ran out of the clinic, across an expressway, and vanished from his mother's view. The mother sought him unsuccessfully, and called 911. After checking the area and the route back to his home, A Child Is Missing was contacted. The service called 2,105 homes and businesses in the area, and a short time later the police received several calls identifying the child and his location. The child was found, and returned home as a result. Officer Eastridge was quoted as saying "The service works."


Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Monday, October 18, 2004

Spenser, OK – Oklahoma County Sheriff Office / Spenser Police Department - On October 18, 2004 a 7-year-old girl was reported missing in Spenser, Oklahoma. Major Tim Harris of the Oklahoma County Sheriff's office on behalf of the Spenser Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing Alert program requesting assistance. A Child Is Missing technician launched the 1,822 alert phone calls to homes and businesses in the area where the girl had last been seen. The Police Department received approximately 60 calls from residents. A resident who received the call located the child in their back yard. The girl was found approximately 20 minutes after the second wave of calls went out. Major Harris wrote on the follow-up report to ACIM, “First time using the system, and the service is great."


Location: Catoosa, OK

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Thursday, June 24, 2004

Tulsa, OK - Catoosa Police Department - On the morning of June 24, 2004 an 11-year-old girl was discovered to be missing from her guardians in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Officer Mines with the Catoosa Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing to report the girl at approximately 1:45pm.A Child Is Missing placed 4,246 alert calls within a 5-mile radius. A great response to the calls was received, and one of the responders in particular led the police directly to a nearby restaurant. The girl was located there a short time later, was recovered and returned home safely.

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