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Safe Recoveries in Wisconsin:

Location: Kenosha, WI

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Sunday, October 6, 2013

Kenosha, Wisconsin Police Department (Kenosha County) “After receiving the Alert, a resident contacted Police. Person was located a short distance away,” wrote Police after Capt Hansche and Lt Finley activated A Child Is Missing on Sunday October 6, 2013. An 82 year old woman with Dementia and Diabetes was missing from an assisted living facility. More than 2,500 calls were sent which included an expansion of the calling area. The woman was located safe over a mile away.


Location: New Berlin, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, August 1, 2013

New Berlin, Wisconsin Police Department (Waukesha County) Thursday, August 1, 2013, a 10 year old boy was reported missing from his home in New Berlin. Dispatch Supervisor Christine Bannister activated A Child Is Missing to assist Detective Hingiss at the scene. A Child Is Missing sent more than 1,200 telephone alert calls to residents and businesses surrounding the home. In response, the agency received tips that assisted them in locating the boy safe about 20 miles away.


Location: Chilton, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, April 6, 2013

Calumet County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Office The evening of Saturday, April 6, 2013, Deputy Baer called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert for a 12 year old boy with Autism that was missing from his home in Hilbert. Nearly 1, 600 telephone alert calls were sent to the region, asking anyone with information about the boy to contact Police. Tips received as a result of the alert assisted Police in locating the boy safe a short time later, just down the road from his home.


Location: Kenosha, WI

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Kenosha, Wisconsin Police Department (Kenosha County) “A family member located the missing person after checking the A Child Is Missing website and joining in the search,” wrote a Police Official. This after Sergeant Sagedal activated A Child Is Missing Alert on February 19, 2013. A 68 year old woman with Alzheimer’s was reported missing. After expanding the case to a broader search, with more than 3,000 calls placed in all, the woman was located safe by this family member about a mile and a half away.


Location: Kewaunee, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Friday, November 9, 2012

Kewaunee, Wisconsin Police Department (Kewaunee County) At approximately 9 pm on Thursday, November 8, 2012, Officer Robin Mueller activated A Child Is Missing Alert. A 12 year old boy described as having special needs had ridden away on his bicycle after an argument with his parents. A couple hours passed, it had grown dark, and concern for his safety was growing. Upon activation, nearly 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home giving his description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, several helpful tips were called in which initially led Police to the boy’s bicycle and jacket. A further search of that area and the boy was finally located at approximately 1:50am about 3 miles from his home. He was unharmed and returned to his family.


Location: Menomonie, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, August 13, 2012

Dunn County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Office Monday, August 13, 2012, Deputy Matt Feeney called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 13 year old boy had been reported missing from his home in Menomonie. Upon activation, nearly 500 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the boy’s home asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact The Sheriff’s Office. As a result of the alert, an acquaintance of the boy recognized him and he was recovered safe in a town about 8 miles away from his home.


Location: Jefferson, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Sunday, August 12, 2012

Jefferson County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Office “Thanks to your assistance she was found before dark,” wrote Dispatcher Carol Verhalen after a 6 year old girl went missing from her home in Waterloo on August 12, 2012. The little girl had last been seen playing outside with her dogs next to a cornfield that evening when she disappeared. A Child Is Missing placed nearly 1,200 telephone alert calls surrounding the girl’s home, asking residents to be on the lookout and to contact the Sherriff’s office if they had any information on her whereabouts. In response, 6 tips were received and many people volunteered to help in the search. The girl was finally found safe about 2 miles away later that evening.


Location: Chilton, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Calumet County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Office “Worked great, the second call was a neighbor who had seen the child across the street,” wrote Investigator Steier. The child was a 7 year old boy that had been missing for three hours on May 19, 2012. Investigator Steier was at the scene leading the search when Dispatcher Baer activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist. Upon activation, almost 500 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home. The alert generated two tips, helping Police to locate the boy safe about a mile away from his home.


Location: Greendale, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, September 26, 2011

Greendale, Wisconsin (Milwaukee County) Police Department The afternoon of Monday, September 26, 2011, Sergeant Rosenow contacted A Child Is Missing, as he had just 5 days prior with successful results. This time it was in regards to an 11 year old girl his agency was searching for. A Child Is Missing Alert placed out more than 1,500 telephone alert calls surrounding the girl’s last known location, giving the girl’s general description and asking residents to contact Police if they had seen her. In response, the agency received 6 respondent calls, enabling them to locate the girl safe, ½ mile from where she had gone missing.


Location: Greendale, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Greendale, Wisconsin (Milwaukee County) Police Department The night of Wednesday, September 21, 2011, a 7 year old girl was reported missing from her home in Greendale. Lieutenant Rosenow was leading the search for the girl, who is adopted from Ethiopia. The girl’s parents and authorities were concerned that she may not be familiar with her surroundings. She had become upset earlier in the day and had run off and after checking all known areas where the girl could be, Police were trying additional methods, and A Child Is Missing Alert was activated to assist. More than 1,300 telephone alert calls were placed surrounding the girl’s home, asking residents to be on the lookout and to contact Police if they saw her. Approximately 45 minutes after the calls went out, some citizens found the girl on their doorstep. The residents had seen the information about the girl on the Police Department’s Facebook page, had seen television coverage of the missing girl, and had received the telephone alert, so they knew exactly what to do when the girl showed up on their doorstep. This is an excellent example of the joint efforts of the community and law enforcement coming together to reunite this family.


Location: Green Bay, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Green Bay, Wisconsin (Brown County) Police Department Tuesday, May 3, 2011, an 11 year old girl went missing from her middle school in Green Bay. None of the girl’s friends had seen her get on the school bus and her mother reported that she always contacted her immediately after school. Captain Thomas led the search and activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency. This activation resulted in more than 1,300 alert calls being placed around the school. In response, the department received several tips from kids in the neighborhood that reported seeing her walking around. Finally a citizen that received the alert found her in a nearby park upset and crying due to an earlier argument with her mother. The citizen contacted Police and remained with her until officers arrived.


Location: Jefferson, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Jefferson County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Office The morning of Wednesday, April 13, 2011, a 22 month old was reported missing from his home in Oconomowoc. He was with his mother playing in the yard and when she turned around, he was gone. Dispatcher Carol called A Child Is Missing to activate the alert and more than 500 calls were placed surrounding the boy's home asking businesses and neighbors to check their yards and contact the Sheriff’s Office if they had any information. According to the case follow up report, Detective Gray wrote, “Within 5 minutes of the A Child Is Missing call being sent out to neighborhood area a citizen went out in her yard and could hear a child crying.” The woman flagged down the Sergeant on duty and the child was recovered, crying but safe. “This woman reported she went outside to search for the child because of the area call from A Child Is Missing.”


Location: Waukesha, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Waukesha, Wisconsin (Waukesha County) Police Department On Tuesday night, February 9, 2010, the Waukesha Police Department began a search for an 8 year old boy reported missing when he did not come home from school – a search that ended with a response to one of the 1,335 alert phone calls placed by the A Child Is Missing Alert program. The Waukesha Police called the toll free number provided key information to the technician, and within minutes, the area was ringing with calls requesting those in the area where the boy was last seen to check their yards and complexes. One recipient of the call checked with her son to see if he knew where the boy was and mentioned the description of the boy’s jacket. Her son then admitted that the missing boy was hiding in the closet. Total time from activation to safe recovery was 30 minutes, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.


Location: Portage, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, January 20, 2011

Portage, Wisconsin Police Department (Columbia County) Thursday, January 20, 2011, the mother of a 16 year old boy contacted Police when she awoke and found her son missing. The boy had been missing before and was known to sleep walk and was thought to be suffering from depression. Lieutenant Kiefer contacted A Child Is Missing to assist in the location and recovery of the boy, and all homes and businesses surrounding the boy’s home received an alert call with his description and last known location. “As soon as the calls went out we began receiving calls of possible sightings,” according to Lt. Kiefer, “One call put him within one block of the high school. He was located inside by Police personnel and a teacher that had come to school early.” Police began to investigate the boy’s presence in the school. It was found to be very suspicious. He was returned to his home, 40 minutes from the time of activation.


Location: Marinette, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Marinette, Wisconsin (Marinette County) Police Department A seven year old girl who had last been seen at 4:00pm on November 10, 2009 in her back yard playing with a friend was missing in Marinette, Wisconsin. Police there called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program which resulted in more than 1,300 alert calls being placed to the area surrounding the 1300 block of Marinette Avenue where the girl had last been seen. Thirteen calls with information were received by Marinette Police, one of which was “a call from a Pastor near the school [who] saw [the] girl picked up in a pickup truck,” according to Marinette Police. The caller also reported seeing the girl’s bike put in the back of the truck. With that information, Police were able to quickly locate the girl safe approximately six miles from where she had last been seen.


Location: Montello, WI

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Sunday, August 16, 2009

Marquette County, Wisconsin Sheriffs Office When a 63 year old man thought to be in need of medical attention went missing at 5:01pm on August 16, 2009 in Westfield, Wisconsin, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office began a search. That search included activation of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program which, in turn, placed nearly 600 alert calls to the area where the man had last been seen by his family. The alert calls resulted in two calls with information to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office which provided sightings of the missing man. Ultimately he was found safe at 10:04pm 12.4 miles from where he had gone missing.


Location: Neillsville, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Clark County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Office When a three year old boy wearing blue shorts, a blue shirt, and red barn boots went missing from the 4300 block of Meridian Avenue in Granton, Wisconsin on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office quickly contacted A Child Is Missing. More than 2,800 alert calls were placed seeking assistance in locating the three foot tall, 35 pound, blonde hair, blue-eyed boy. As a result, “we received several calls from people in the community that had received your calls,” said Sergeant Louise Hackel. Information from those alert calls led Sheriff’s Office personnel to the safe location of the boy approximately ½ mile from where he had gone missing.


Location: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wood County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Office When a 16 year old girl ran away from the 4600 block of Breckenridge Court in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. Approximately 3,000 alert calls were placed to the area in question in hopes the run away would be located. A Wood County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said, “thanks for the help—[the alert] calls help track direction of travel for juvenile runaway.” This even after the Alert Program was activated the day after the girl ran away. She had last been seen on Monday, May 25, 2009 at approximately 3:30pm and the Alert Program launched calls searching for her the next day.


Location: Minocqua, WI

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Friday, April 17, 2009

Minocqua, Wisconsin (Oneida) Police Department - An elderly man in need of medical attention never showed up to a 1:00pm appointment on April 17, 2009 in Minocqua, Wisconsin. As Minocqua Police searched, they activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program and an alert was launched complete with a vehicle description. A person that received the alert call and passed off the information to another person who happened to be driving south on Highway 47 and saw the vehicle in question driving north on Highway 47. They turned around, followed the vehicle, and Minocqua Police were notified of the man’s whereabouts.


Location: Siren, WI

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Siren, WI (Burnett) – The Burnett County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Office activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program at 12:15pm on Sunday, June 17, 2007. Technician Eric Nelson took the call from Dispatcher Treague before launching in excess of 3,600 alert calls to the Siren area of Burnett County. Meanwhile Deputy Anton was spearheading the investigation in search of the eight year old that had gone missing 45 minutes earlier. At 2:51pm the child was safely located.


Location: Portage, WI

Type of Case: Missing Elderly

Date Recovered: Thursday, May 1, 2008

On Thursday, May 1, 2008 an elderly woman went missing from Portage, Wisconsin at approximately 3:30pm. Shortly after, Portage Police called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist their search. The alert message was crafted and in excess of 2,600 alert calls were launched in the area surrounding the 2,600 block of Airport Road in Portage. An alert citizen who received one of the calls did as the recording instructed: “please check your yard or complex and, if you have any information, call the Portage Police Department . . . “The man looked out his window, saw the woman standing in a wooded area near a business, and called the number the recording provided for Portage Police. Within 12 minutes of calls being launched, Police had located the missing woman.


Location: Manitowoc, WI

Type of Case: Missing Disabled

Date Recovered: Thursday, September 27, 2007

Manitowoc, WI (Manitowoc County) – The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from A Child Is Missing on September 27, 2007 at 1:26 p.m. to locate a missing middle-aged woman. After determining that the individual was in need of medical assistance, an ACIM technician launched over 800 Alert Calls to the area where she was last seen. Deputy Eric Glaeser reported that “The party was located within 20 minutes of contacting ACIM. Local media event was held 10/01/07. Thank you.”


Location: Valders, WI

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Valders, WI (Manitowoc) – Valders, Wisconsin Police Chief William Riesterer called the A Child Is Missing Alert Program himself on June 19, 2007 and, when the missing 11 year old boy for whom his agency was searching was located, he said of the Alert Program, “super job folks, this really works.” After an hour delay, the missing child’s mother contacted Valders Police. Though police confirmed the child had been in a nearby park, he had just left on his bicycle before they arrived. Valders PD quickly activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program and Technician Derejre Vazquez launched the alert calls. Valders PD fielded seven calls from those who had heard the alert calls—two of which were positive sightings. Ultimately the child was located within 15 minutes of the Alert Program activation by Chief Riesterer.


Location: Jefferson, WI

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ixonia, WI (Jefferson) – Jefferson County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Office Detective Leah Meyer called Technician Kari Jimenez to activate the A Child Is Missing Alert Program on the night of June 12, 2007 at 9:55. Nearly four hours earlier a 12 year old boy had gone missing from Ixonia, Wisconsin and Meyer and Detective Margarita Gray were actively investigating the disappearance of this child who had been diagnosed with multiple disorders and had been suicidal in the past. At 3:00pm the next day, a man who had received the A Child Is Missing alert call notified the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office that his daughter had seen the missing child. Deputies responded and took the child safely into custody.


Location: Waterloo, WI

Type of Case: Found Child

Date Recovered: Thursday, June 7, 2007

Waterloo, WI (Jefferson) – “This system worked great, it was the first time I had to use it,” said Waterloo, Wisconsin Police Sergeant Hoffhien of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. This after he called on the assistance of the Alert Program to locate the parents of an infant who had gone been found in the 400 block of South Washington Street in Waterloo at 6:35pm on Friday, June 15, 2007. After more than 1,900 alert calls were launched in that area, the Waterloo Police Department fielded approximately 10 calls from alert citizens who had received the alert call and provided information to investigators. Less than two hours later, as a result of the information provided by citizens responding to the A Child Is Missing alert calls, Waterloo Police located the child’s mother and reunited her with her baby.


Location: Kenosha, WI

Type of Case: Found Elderly

Date Recovered: Friday, May 25, 2007

Kenosha, WI (Kenosha) - According to Sergeant Frederickson of the Kenosha, Wisconsin Police Department, a case he was working was resolved within 30 minutes of activating the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. When a 74 year old woman went missing from the 6500 block of 25th Avenue in Kenosha on May 25, 2007, police began searching. Once Frederickson called A Child Is Missing, more than 6,000 alert calls were launched to the area surrounding 25th Avenue. One of those calls was received by a citizen who saw the missing woman—prompting her to call Kenosha police to reunite the woman with her family.


Location: Eau Claire, WI

Type of Case: Missing Disabled

Date Recovered: Monday, December 25, 2006

Eau Claire, WI – On Christmas Day, December 25, 2006, a disabled male went missing from his home in Eau Claire. The Eau Claire Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing Alert Program for assistance. The ACIM Technician who took the call, utilized satellite mapping to pinpoint an area around his last known location to place calls containing his description and last known location asking residents and business owners for help. With in 10 minutes of the calls being placed, the subject was located. According to Officer Barton “A call went to a local gas station/store. Subject walked in about 10 minutes later. Your calls helped find him.”


Location: Mayville, WI

Type of Case: Missing Child

Date Recovered: Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Mayville, WI (Dodge County) – After A Child Is Missing launched more than 1,300 alert calls to help Mayville, Wisconsin Police search for a missing man, Captain Thomas Poellot said, “the system probably saved the person’s life.” On June 4, 2006, a man had injected himself with a medication used for cattle. Approximately 20 calls from concerned citizens were received by Mayville Police—providing information of the man’s whereabouts. Once police located him, he was rushed to the hospital and admitted into intensive care.


Location: Kenosha, WI

Type of Case: Missing Disabled

Date Recovered: Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Kenosha, WI (Kenosha County) – On October 25, 2005, a 27-year-old autistic and mentally handicapped woman was reported missing to the Kenosha Police department. Sgt. Hannes advised the detective on the case to contact A Child Is Missing. He did so, and gave ACIM all pertinent information to place an alert call over the area. 3366 homes were notified of the situation, resulting on over 50 callbacks from the neighborhood, including one who went outside and located the missing person in her back yard. The found woman’s family was notified, and she was reunited with them within 30 minutes of the alert calls being placed.

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