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Safe Recoveries in Utah:

Location: Tooele, UT

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tooele County, Utah Sheriff’s Office “We did receive a couple of calls that aided in the recovery of the individual by providing a direction he may have been traveling,” stated the follow-up from the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office. This after Dispatcher Gail activated A Child Is Missing Alert on June 24, 2014. An 80 year old man reported to suffer from Alzheimer’s was missing from his home. He was located safe about 2 miles away.


Location: West Valley City, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, March 04, 2014

West Valley City, Utah (Salt Lake County) Police Department “We received numerous tip calls based upon A Child Is Missing Alert. Thank you for your assistance. The child was found unharmed.” This came after Dispatcher Ryan Phillips of the West Valley City, Utah Police Department activated A Child Is Missing Alert Program on Monday, March 3, 2014 to assist West Valley City Police when a 12 year old boy went missing from his elementary school. The boy’s parents, having sent him to school early that morning, became alarmed when he did not return after school. Upon activation, more than 3,000 alert calls were placed to residents and businesses, blanketing the area surrounding the boy’s home and school, giving his general description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, Police received numerous calls from residents which generated information that led Police to the missing boy, who was located unharmed approximately six (6) miles away in the 4500 block of West 6200 South in Kearns.


Location: Ogden, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, September 07, 2012

Weber County, Utah Sheriff’s Office “The alert helped the Officer find the parents of the ‘found’ child. Someone listened to the phone call and called in to provide us with information.” This after a little boy around 4 years old was found on his own Friday September 4, 2012. He could only give his first name and did could not tell Officers where he lived. Almost 500 telephone alert calls were sent near the area he was found. The incoming tip reunited him with his parents a short time later.


Location: Ogden, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, July 17, 2012

“A citizen received the call and then saw the child near his home. The child was found as a direct result of the telephone calls that A Child Is Missing sent out.” This after Dispatcher Lowther activated A Child Is Missing Alert on July 17, 2012. A 7 year old boy was missing from his home in Ogden. Over 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent out to assist Officer Lowther at the scene. The tip from the alert citizen assisted Police in locating the boy safe about a half mile from his home.


Location: Tooele, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tooele County, Utah Sheriff’s Office “Our agency received two calls. One advising they saw the subject more than 1 hour prior to the alert and the second stating they saw the subject in a neighboring city.” This came after Dispatcher Stephanie activated A Child Is Missing Alert on June 16, 2012 to assist The Sheriff’s Office in their search for a missing 66 year old man with Alzheimer’s. Upon activation, more than 700 alert phone calls were sent to residents and businesses around the man’s home. The tips assisted deputies in locating the man safe about 7 miles away from that afternoon.


Location: Perry, UT

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Friday, June 01, 2012

Perry City, Utah (Box Elder County) Police Department The morning of Friday, June 1, 2012, Sergeant Scott Hancey called A Child is Missing to activate The Alert. An 86 year old woman suffering from dementia was reported missing and hadn’t been seen since the previous evening. Upon activation, nearly 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the woman’s home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, residents came out to assist with the search and a local radio that heard of the phone alert also aired the woman’s information. This assistance helped Police to locate the woman unharmed in a field approximately half a mile from her home.


Location: Grantsville, UT

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Saturday, September 24, 2011

Grantsville, Utah (Tooele County) Police Department The morning of Saturday, September 24, 2011, an 11 year old girl was reported missing from her home in Grantsville. The girl had not been seen since the previous day and concern for the girl’s safety was increasing. Dispatcher Yvonne contacted A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Lieutenant Steve Barrett, who was leading the search. Over 1,000 alert telephone calls were sent to the neighborhood where the girl was last seen. In response, people came out of their homes to help search for the girl. One of those searchers checked an abandoned camping trailer, where he located the girl, approximately ¼ of a mile from where she was last seen, ending the search.


Location: Farmington, UT

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Friday, July 01, 2011

Davis County, Utah Sheriff’s Office Friday, July 1, 2011, A Child Is Missing Alert was activated regarding a 78 year old man suffering from Alzheimer’s. Over 1,500 telephone alert calls giving the man’s general description were sent surrounding the area where the man was last seen, asking anyone with information to contact Police. Approximately 1.5 hours after the alert was sent out, a citizen stated that they had spotted the missing man after checking their property. Sheriff’s deputies responded and the man was located safe, approximately 2 miles from where he had gone missing.


Location: Provo, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, June 17, 2011

Provo, Utah (Utah County) Police Department “Thank you for your help! Although we received only one call, that call led to the discovery of the children,” wrote Officer Kent. He wrote this after three children went missing on Friday, June 17, 2011. The children had been playing in their front yard when they vanished without a trace. A Child Is Missing Alert was activated and nearly 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the children’s homes, asking residents to contact Police if they saw the children. The tip from the single call enabled Police to locate the children safe, one mile from their home.


Location: South Jordan, UT

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Tuesday, November 02, 2010

South Jordan, Utah (Salt Lake County) Police Department, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, a 94 year old man suffering from Dementia went missing from an assisted living facility at 6:30 in the morning wearing nothing but his undergarments. Sergeant Charter led the search for the man and A Child Is Missing was activated to assist, as they had successfully used the Alert System just three months prior. Over 1,500 alert calls were placed surrounding the facility, giving the man’s description and asking residents to check their yards. In response, Police received two tips. One call was from a resident who, upon receiving the alert, checked their backyard and found the missing man, safe, approximately one mile from where he had gone missing.


Location: Sandy City, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, October 18, 2010

Sandy City, Utah (Salt Lake County) Police Department Monday, October 18, 2010, three girls, aged 4, 7 and 9 were reported missing from the 8000 block of Grambling Way in Sandy. The three girls were friends who had last been seen playing outside at 6pm and hadn’t been seen in two hours. Sergeant Carriger called A Child Is Missing Alert and more than 1,700 alert calls were placed, giving all three girl’s descriptions and asking anyone who had seen them to call Police. In response, Police received 4 tips from residents who remembered seeing the girls walking northbound on a nearby major street. This helped the girl’s parents remember that the girls loved a business in a shopping center in that area. Police responded and found the girls in that shopping center, safe, approximately 2.5 miles from where they had gone missing.


Location: South Jordan, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, August 23, 2010

South Jordan, Utah (Salt Lake County) Police Department, Monday, August 23, 2010, Officer Winkler was searching for an 11 year old boy with cognitive disabilities that went missing from his elementary school. A Child Is Missing was contacted to assist in the search and more than 2,200 alert calls were placed, blanketing the area surrounding the boy’s school, giving his general description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response a recipient of the alert saw a boy matching the description riding a bicycle outside his home called in, and then went outside and remained with the boy until Police arrived.


Location: Bountiful, UT

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Thursday, July 08, 2010

Bountiful, Utah (Davis County) Police Department Thursday, July 8, 2010. A 92 year old woman suffering from dementia walked away from a care center the previous afternoon and hadn’t been seen since. Chief Ross activated A Child Is Missing Alert to aid his agency in her safe recovery. More than 1,700 alert calls with the woman’s name and description were placed in the area where she had last been seen. A woman, having received the alert call, told her son about the missing woman. As he was going to water a neighbor’s garden, he located the woman asleep in the neighbor’s yard. Total time from activation to safe recovery was 1 hour and 18 minutes, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.


Location: Farmington, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Farmington, Utah (Davis County) Police Department, Wednesday, June 2, 2010. When a 3 year old boy playing with his 2 puppies wandered away from his house, his parents were quick to notify the Farmington Police Department, who wasted no time in activating an A Child Is Missing Alert Call. Almost 2,200 calls were made to the area, generating heavy response to the Police. One of the families who received the call checked their yard and located the boy, 4 houses from where he had wandered off. The time from Alert Call to recovery was 33 minutes, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.


Location: Harrisville, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, May 17, 2010

Harrisville, Utah (Weber County) Police Department Monday, May 17, 2010, the A Child Is Missing Alert was activated to assist the Harrisville Police Department search for an 11 year old girl. The girl’s parents, having sent her to school early that morning, became alarmed when the school called a few hours later to inquire about her absence. More than 1,900 alert calls were placed surrounding the girl’s home, where she had last been seen. In response, Police received three calls from residents with information. One of those calls was a woman who stated she had seen a girl matching the description given in the alert shopping at a local store. Police recovered the girl safe, approximately an eighth of a mile from where she had gone missing.


Location: Ogden, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Weber County, Utah Consolidated Dispatch When two children went missing in Roy, Utah on June 23, 2009, the Weber Area Consolidated Dispatch Center contacted A Child Is Missing knowing alert phone calls would enhance law enforcement’s search. A nine year old boy and an eleven year old boy had gone missing from the 2700 block of West 5200 in Roy, Utah at 11:30am. More than 2,300 alert phone calls were placed to the area surrounding that location generating approximately 25 calls from the public with information. The “children were found by an individual that received the [alert] message,” said Weber Area Consolidated Dispatcher Kris Zobell. Ultimately the boys were found safe approximately one mile from where they had gone missing.


Location: Farmington, UT

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Monday, June 08, 2009

Davis County, Utah Sheriff’s Office “Great response and assistance from your organization,” said Sergeant Scott Harper of the Davis County, Utah Sheriff’s Office after A Child Is Missing successfully assisted his agency’s search for a missing 75 year old woman. The woman had gone missing from the 1700 block of West 350 North in Westpoint, Utah on June 8, 2009 at 11:45am. More than 5,700 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding that location, resulting in two calls from the public with information. That information, enabled the Sheriff’s Office to locate the woman safe approximately ½ mile from where she had last been seen.


Location: St George, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, May 16, 2009

St. George, Utah (Washington County) Police Department Sergeant Aaron Townsend of the St. George, Utah Police Department was working an out of the ordinary case on May 16, 2009. His agency received a report of a child that had been located and he was charged with locating the child’s parents. The child, a 35 pound two-year-old boy wearing nothing but a diaper, had been located just after 8:00am in the 400 block of Man O War Road in St. George. The alert calls placed by A Child Is Missing described the boy and sought anyone with information about his parents. “This was a found child report,” Townsend said, “we used this alert to find his parents.” “This really worked great for us,” he said.


Location: North Ogden, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, April 18, 2009

“Thanks, it got the word out fast,” said North Ogden, Utah Police Sergeant Blaine Seamons of the A Child Is Missing alert calls. “We had several people come out of their homes to help look,” he said. This after an 11 year old boy went missing on April 17, 2009. More than 1,500 alert calls were launched by A Child Is Missing which enabled North Ogden Police to locate the boy approximately 1/10 of a mile from where he had last been seen.


Location: West Valley City, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, March 04, 2009

“The system worked great. Within a few minutes we began receiving phone calls and were able to locate the child,” said Detective David Greco of the West Valley City, Utah Police Department after his agency used the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. It was March 4, 2009 and a 10 year old boy had gone missing from the 3700 block of South Sunnyvalee Drive in Salt Lake City at approximately 4:00pm. After the alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the boy had last been seen, West Valley City Police located the child approximately 1 ½ miles away in the 4100 block of Jensen Circle in West Valley.


Location: Provo, UT

Type of Case: Found Disabled

Date Recovered: Monday, August 18, 2008

Shortly after noon on Monday, August 18, 2008 Officer Webber of the Provo, Utah Police Department called A Child Is Missing requesting help in the search for a missing 22 year old disabled girl who had gone missing the previous morning. After nearly 4,000 alert calls had been launched in the area surrounding the 2700 block of West 170 North in Provo, Police received three calls from alert citizens. One of those calls led to the woman’s recovery.


Location: West Bountiful, UT

Type of Case: Found Child

Date Recovered: Saturday, August 02, 2008

When a nine year old boy went missing in West Bountiful, Utah, having successfully utilized the A Child Is Missing Alert Program the previous month, Police there called the Alert Program. In response to the nearly 1,900 alert calls placed by A Child Is Missing in the area surrounding the 900 block of Ruby Way, West Bountiful Police received “too many [calls] to count” from alert citizens. In addition to the calls, they had residents “stopping officers on [the] street” wanting to help. “Because of your calls, we were able to cover a lot more area than we could have alone,” West Bountiful Police Corporal Michael Buchanan said of A Child Is Missing. “This is the third time you have been instrumental in locating missing children [for our agency],” he said. “Our dispatch, who did not know of your service, was very impressed at how effective you were.” The response from the community enabled Police to safely locate the missing boy in Farmington, Utah.


Location: West Bountiful, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, July 07, 2008

According to West Bountiful, Utah Police Officer Tyler Webster, “due to the [A Child Is Missing alert] phone calls, we were able to get numerous people to help us search and locate the child.” The child in question was a 13 year old girl who had gone missing shortly after 9:00pm on July 7, 2008. A Child Is Missing launched approximately 350 alert calls which generated information that led police to the missing girl.


Location: Tremonton, UT

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Thursday, October 11, 2007

Tremonton, UT (Box Elder County) - A seven year old girl was safely located at a friend’s house immediately after the A Child Is Missing Alert Program was launched by Tremonton Police Department, shortly after 3:00pm on October 11, 2007. More than 4,500 alert calls were placed resulting in 36 calls from alert citizens to Tremonton Police. One of these calls resulted in police locating the girl safely.


Location: Provo, UT

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Saturday, May 12, 2007

Provo, UT (Utah County) – On March 12, 2007 The Provo Police Department called A Child Is Missing for assistance with a missing 8-year-old boy. The ACIM Technician obtained all pertinent information from Officer Payne and within minutes 1165 phones began ringing in the neighbor hood. The Prove PD received a few calls from residents. “A construction worker called … said he helped the boy across the street. The investigation moved … closer to the boy’s home. It should be noted, without that phone call this could have gone on for several more hours until the boy reached his home,” stated Officer Payne.


Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, January 16, 2007

On January 16, 2007, the Salt Lake City, Utah Police called A Child Is Missing regarding a nine year old boy who had gone missing from the Highland Park section of Salt Lake City. The boy had gone missing at approximately 12:30pm and Officer Greg Wilking activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. After more than 20 calls from the public were received with information about the missing boy, he was located approximately 2 ½ miles from where he had last been seen.


Location: Cedar City, UT

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Monday, December 04, 2006

Cedar City, UT – On Monday morning, December 4, 2006, the Cedar City Police Department began a search for a 12-year-old girl who had gone missing from her school - a search that ended with a response to one of the 296 automated phone calls that had been placed to the area adjacent to her home by the A Child Is Missing alert program. The Cedar City Police Department called the toll free number for the A Child Is Missing alert program, provided key information to the technician, and, shortly after, the area was ringing with calls requesting those in the area to check their yards and complexes for the missing girl. The Police Department received some calls to the number the customized message provided and one led them to the location of the girl. Sheriff Mark Gower reported that she was found in a home a short distance from the school. Sheriff Mark Gower said, “Some leads to her recovery were provided by citizens in the area. Thanks for your prompt help in this matter.”


Location: Ogden, UT

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Sunday, December 03, 2006

Ogden, UT (Weber County) – On the afternoon of December 3, 2006, the Ogden Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing to ask for assistance with an 8-year-old girl that had gone missing. Within minutes the ACIM technician obtained a detailed description of the missing juvenile and initiated over 12 hundred calls to residents and businesses in the neighborhood where she had gone missing. Approximately one hour later the Ogden Police Department called ACIM once again to expand the calling area. This time over 13 hundred calls went out to residents and businesses in the area. The juvenile was located shortly after the second round of calls were placed, at a nearby Chili’s Restaurant. Dispatcher Gilson and Officer Taylor said “Thank you for your help with this. This juvenile was found because of the outgoing phone notifications and media broadcasts.”


Location: West Valley City, UT

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Saturday, June 18, 2005

Salt Lake County, UT - On June 18, 2005, a 6-year-old girl was reported as missing. Officer Bolorowski of the West Valley PD (Salt Lake County, Utah) contacted A Child Is Missing and reported a full description to be distributed via telephone. A Child Is Missing placed 1379 calls over the area where she was last seen. Two of the calls back by residents had valuable information about the location of the child. She was returned to her family within 40 minutes of the calls going out to the community. Officer Bolorowski, WVCPD was quoted as saying “Great Service! This system made the difference! Thank you!”

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