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Safe Recoveries in South Dakota:

Location: Aberdeen, SD

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Aberdeen, South Dakota (Brown County) Police Department “System worked well. Child was located shortly after calls began,” Officer Wood wrote in a follow-up after A Child Is Missing Alert calls led to a boy’s safe recovery on November 23, 2011. The 5 year old had gone missing from his home that afternoon and nearly 2,000 telephone alert calls had been placed to residents and businesses, asking anyone with information to contact Police. Tips received in response to the alert enabled Police to locate the boy safe, approximately 1.5 miles from his home.


Location: Madison, SD

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Madison, South Dakota (Lake County) Police Department “The alert was the first time our agency used The A Child Is Missing Alert system. It generated a lot of response to our dispatch center and luckily the child was located near his residence shortly after the alert went out. It’s a great way to get many people in a hurry. Thanks!” Wrote Sergeant Wagner as a case follow-up after an 8 year old boy was reported missing from his home the evening of Wednesday, August 17, 2011. More than 1,700 alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the boy’s home. The boy was found safe less than one half mile away from his home.


Location: Rapid City, SD

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pennington County, South Dakota Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, May 4, 2011, a little girl that appeared to be around 4 years old was found wandering by herself along some railroad tracks in Rapid City. Lieutenant Brubakken had the difficult job of finding out who she was and where she belonged. No one had called to report a young child missing and the girl seemed too scared to give her name or any details to the officers. A Child Is Missing was activated and the area surrounding the intersection where the girl was located was blanketed with alert calls giving the girl’s general description and asking anyone with information about her to come forward. About one hour after the calls were launched, the girl’s parents contacted the Sheriff’s office. Although the girl’s parents did not receive the alert because they did not have a phone, they were made aware of the alert and the girl’s absence by neighbors that had gotten the alert.


Location: Rapid City, SD

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Friday, December 31, 2010

Rapid City, South Dakota (Pennington County) Police Department At 1:00am on Friday, December 31, 2010, it was 10 degrees outside and Sergeant Fox was leading the search for a 28 year old woman reported to have a head injury. The woman had last been seen at 9pm wearing only pajamas, carrying a blanket and wearing no shoes. A Child Is Missing was contacted to activate the Alert and despite the late hour, 200 alert calls were placed around the location where the woman was last seen, asking anyone with information to contact Police. When those calls did not produce sufficient results to locate the woman, the calling area was expanded a few hours later. Finally a call came in from a nearby resident stating that he had given a ride to the woman around 10:00pm. He returned home and went to sleep. He woke up and discovered the alert message on his answering machine and immediately contacted Police. He was then able to lead Police to her location, where they found the woman safe, approximately one half mile from where she had gone missing.


Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Minnehaha County) Police Department The evening of Friday, December 30, 2010, a 27 year old man was reported missing from a group home in Sioux Falls. Police and caregivers were anxious to find him because of an impending snowstorm that night. Sergeant McManus called A Child Is Missing to assist the agency and more than 1,200 alert phone calls were placed surrounding the home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. A citizen, having listened to the alert message on voicemail saw a person matching the description walking down the sidewalk. The resident immediately contacted Police and remained on the line until officers arrived and located the man safe, approximately 1 mile from where he had gone missing. "This is the first time we've activated the A Child is Missing alert and obviously it worked well in this situation," said Officer Sam Clemens.


Location: Aberdeen, SD

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Sunday, November 8, 2009

Aberdeen, South Dakota (Brown County) Police Department “It was your call that found the missing male,” according to Aberdeen, South Dakota Police. This in reference to the safe recovery of an 18 year old boy, who suffers from autism, had gone missing in Aberdeen on November 8, 2009. Police there called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to help their search. Nearly 1,800 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the boy had last been seen resulting in two calls from the public with information. It was information from one of those calls that led Police to the boy’s location—four miles from where he had gone missing.


Location: Rapid City, SD

Type of Case: Child

Date Recovered: Monday, January 19, 2009

Pennington County, South Dakota Sheriff’s Office “…missing child was located within minutes of the alert,” Pennington County, South Dakota Sheriff’s Lieutenant Foster wrote in a memo after the A Child is Missing Alert calls led to the girl’s recovery on January 19, 2010. On that day, Lieutenant Foster activated the Alert Program to assist in the search for an eleven year old girl thought to be in need of medical assistance that went missing from her school in Box Elder. Over 8,000 alert calls were placed to the community describing the girl and asking anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s office. Numerous people receiving those calls contacted Police, enabling them to locate the girl safe, one mile from where she had gone missing.

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