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Safe Recoveries in Oregon:

Location: Medford, OR

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, February 09, 2014

Medford, Oregon (Jackson County) Police Department Sunday, February 9, 2014, a frantic parent called Police to report a 12 year old boy missing from his home. He had left to go skateboarding at 2:30 p.m. the previous day and hadn’t been seen or heard from since. Medford Police began an intensive search and activated A Child Is Missing which resulted in more than 1,900 alert calls being placed to the area surrounding the boy’s home, asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact Police. According to the case follow-up report obtained from Detective Diane Sandler, “A number of people called in with information regarding friends of missing child. He was located by an officer while a different officer was following up on leads." The search ended at 1:30 p.m. and the boy was reunited safe with his family.


Location: Eugene, OR

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Eugene, Oregon Police Department (Lane County) Wednesday, July 31, 2013, a 9 year old boy was reported missing from a local park. The boy had gotten into an argument with his sister and ran off. Communications Supervisor Christine Altseimer activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Officer Miller at the scene. Nearly 1,700 alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the park. In response, the agency received 4 tips. The tips assisted officers in locating the boy safe about 5 miles away.


Location: Dallas, OR

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, April 05, 2013

Polk County, Oregon Sheriff’s Office Friday, April 5, 2013, a 15 year old girl thought to be in need of medical attention went missing from her residence in Dallas. Sergeant Haynes activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist and nearly 500 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the search location. A short time later a resident that received the alert contacted the department with information about the girl’s location. Deputies responded and recovered the girl safe, about 1.5 miles away.


Location: Pendleton, OR

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, August 02, 2012

Pendleton, Oregon (Umatilla County) Police Department Four tips were received that helped Pendleton Police locate a missing 13 year old boy on August 2, 2012. The boy had gone missing after leaving a note behind threatening to harm himself. A Child Is Missing Alert placed over 800 telephone alert calls to the area surrounding the boy’s home. He was ultimately found safe about a mile away in a nearby community park.


Location: Medford, OR

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Friday, January 27, 2012

Medford, Oregon (Jackson County) Police Department The evening of Friday, January 27, 2012 a 51 year old man with a mental disability was reported missing from his home by his brother. His brother was particularly concerned because the man did not have a history of walking away and due to his disability did not know his address or phone number. Dispatcher Sierra activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Officer Venables at the scene and more than 1,600 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the man’s home, asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact Police. In response, numerous sightings were reported and he was ultimately located safe, walking in an area approximately 5 miles away from his home.


Location: Salem, OR

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, September 25, 2011

Salem, Oregon (Marion County) Police Department The afternoon of Saturday, September 25, 2011, a young boy was found wandering in a suburb of Salem. The boy appeared to be around 11 years of age but could not tell Police where he lived or his name. Officer Riddle contacted A Child Is Missing Alert and provided as many details as he could to be distributed via telephone alert to the area where the boy was found including the boy’s physical and clothing description. More than 1,000 telephone alert calls went to the immediate area, asking residents to contact Police if they could provide information about where the boy belonged. According to the follow-up report received by A Child Is Missing, one of the alert calls went to a family friend of the child. The friend called the family, who in turn checked the boy’s bedroom and discovered him missing. The parents of the boy immediately contacted Police and were reunited with their son within ten minutes of the alert call being placed.


Location: Bend, OR

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, August 22, 2011

Deschutes County, Oregon Sheriff’s Office Monday, August 22, 2011, A Child Is Missing helped end a 3 hour search for a missing 7 year old girl after she wandered away from her home in Bend with the family’s golden retriever. The girl was visiting on summer vacation and was not familiar with the area. Lt Davis activated the alert and nearly 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent out covering 2 square miles. One of the citizens that received the alert drove out to check around their property and located the girl on a US forest service road. Police responded and recovered the girl, bringing her and the retriever back home, safe.


Location: Salem, OR

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Sunday, April 03, 2011

Salem, Oregon (Marion County) Police Department The morning of Sunday, April 3, 2011, a 74 year old man suffering from Alzheimer’s was reported missing after he did not return home from his nightly walk the previous evening. Sergeant Vanmeter called the toll-free number for A Child Is Missing to activate the alert, and nearly 1,000 alert calls were placed surrounding the man’s home where he was last seen. In response, two phone calls were received with sightings of the man, enabling Police to locate him safe, less than one mile from where he had gone missing. “Within 6 minutes of the A Child Is Missing activation, the missing person was located, said the case follow-up from Sgt VanMeter, “Excellent Resource!”


Location: Lake Oswego, OR

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, May 16, 2008

When a 13 year old boy went missing in Lake Oswego, Oregon at 9:00pm on May 15, 2008, Lake Oswego Police Officer Bechtol called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist in the search. After nearly 5,000 alert calls were launched in the area surrounding the 6100 block of Carman Drive where the boy had last been seen, he was tracked down to Waluga Junior High School approximately one hour later.


Location: Rogue River, OR

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Rogue River, OR – On Monday, November 1, 2006, the Rogue River Police Department began a search for a 14 year-old boy 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, Records Clerk Erin Carter 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 teen. Police received numerous calls including one from a resident who spotted the boy on a hill nearby his residence. The recovered boy was taken into protective custody shortly thereafter. Quote: “This system worked great! What a phenomenal resource. Thank you so much for providing this service.”


Location: Medford, OR

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Thursday, April 06, 2006

Jackson County, OR – On April 6, 2006, a four-year-old boy with autism was reported as missing from a 12-acre property in Rogue River (Jackson County), OR. A full Search and Rescue call-out was made by the Jackson County SO, including two helicopters, ground and K9 personnel. A Child Is Missing was contacted by JCSO with information regarding the child’s absence, a description of the child and the area. Approximately 1175 calls were placed within a ten-mile radius of the child’s last known location, asking for citizens to be aware that this child is missing and to search their own properties for the boy. A group of hunters, after becoming aware of the boy’s absence by a call from A Child Is Missing, brought their dogs to assist in the search to the best of their ability. While making a second pass above the search area, a hunter’s dog located the boy approximately 500 yards up the hill behind the residence. The boy was found and determined to be in good shape, outside of being hungry, and was returned to his family shortly thereafter. (Many thanks to Melissa Knerr and Sheriff Winters of JCSO for assistance with the details of this case.)

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