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Recent Safe Recoveries:

Location: Pembroke Pines, FL

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pembroke Pines, Florida Police Department (Broward County) Tuesday, March 25, 2014, a 15 year old girl was reported missing from her home in Pembroke Pines. The girl had become upset earlier in the day with her Mother, had packed a bag and run off. After checking all known areas where the girl could possibly be, Pembroke Pines Police were trying additional methods, and A Child Is Missing was contacted to assist in the search. Officer Koenig activated A Child Is Missing Alert Program and over 4,200 telephone alert calls were sent to the community surrounding the girl’s residence. Within minutes, the telephones of neighbors and businesses surrounding the missing girl’s home were ringing, asking anyone who had seen the girl or knew of her whereabouts to contact Police. “The missing person (MP) was located by an officer in the area of 18200 Pines Boulevard. However, our Agency did receive notification that residents in the area who had received the calls would be out looking for the MP in the area,” stated Detective Rairden in a follow up from the department. Total time from activation to safe recovery was a little over one (1) hour, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.


Location: Lake Havasu City, AZ

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, March 24, 2014

Lake Havasu City, Arizona Police Department (Mohave) Monday, March 24, 2014, an 11 year old went missing in the area of South Smoketree Avenue in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Officer Melodia called A Child Is Missing to assist in his agency’s search, giving a general description of the child and her last known whereabouts to the technician. More than 2,400 telephone alert calls were launched to the area asking anyone with information to contact Police. According to the case follow-up report received from Detective Mike Munding, more than nine (9) residents called in as a result of the alert. He further stated, “A Child Is Missing Alert along with Social Media (Facebook) is the reason the child was located. Thank you!” This is a noteworthy example of law enforcement and the community coming together to help reunite a family. It is also a terrific example of the positive use of social media.


Location: New Castle, DE

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Monday, March 24, 2014

New Castle County, Delaware Police Department The night of Sunday, March 23, 2014, Senior Sargent Dolan was leading the search for a missing 16 year old boy that was reported to be autistic and nonverbal. The New Castle County Police Department began actively investigating the disappearance of this child who had the mental capacity of a four (4) year old. At 11:30 p.m. A Child Is Missing Alert was activated and more than 1,200 alert calls were launched into the community surrounding the boy’s home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. After locating the boy on Route 4 at Delaware Park in Newark, about three (3) miles from where he had gone missing, Police learned a call to 911 was instrumental in directing officers to the general vicinity where the boy was ultimately located at 12:45 a.m. “The call that was generated after the ACIM was launched cut the time in half of when the child was last seen and lead to officers being in that area. A call to 911 from someone who did not get the ACIM call, ultimately helped to find him,” wrote Senior Sargent Dolan.


Location: Paducah, KY

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, March 22, 2014

McCracken County, Kentucky - Paducah Police Department “Several people called throughout the day asking if the call was a scam, but several people called after seeing the child. An officer did find him in good health and he went back to parents.” This was written by Dispatcher Brandy Garrett who activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Officer Linda Hodsen, who was leading the search on Saturday, March 22, 2014 to locate a 10 year old boy that was reported missing from his home in Paducah. Over 8,500 telephone alert calls were placed surrounding the boy’s home, giving the boy’s description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. Within a few minutes of the alert going out, 50 or more calls came in from residents with information as to a possible sighting. One tip in particular was from a woman driving, who reported seeing someone matching the boy’s description at the intersection of Harahan and Jefferson, who was flagging down cars saying he was looking for his Mother. With this information, Police were able to track the boy to an address about one (1) mile away from his home and found him safe and uninjured. The parents of the boy were reunited with their son a short time later.


Location: Van Buren, AR

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Saturday, March 22, 2014

Van Buren, Arkansas (Crawford County) Sheriff’s Office After A Child Is Missing Alert Program placed more than 3,400 alert calls in Alma, Arkansas, “Had several tips come in because of the Hot Lines/Alerts that were sent out. Followed up on the tips and the kids were found around 10 p.m. on March 22, 2014 at the Alma Primary School,” Corporal Austin Bishop stated in his follow-up report to ACIM. Corporal Bishop had been leading the search for two missing children, ages 11 and 12 that had been reported missing on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. After the children’s disappearance was reported to Police, the alert calls were launched into the area where the children had last been seen, giving the Sheriff’s office phone number and asking residents to check their own property and to be on the lookout for the children. Tips from the alert calls and area searchers provided information that helped deputies locate the children safe that evening, about three (3) miles from where they had gone missing.


Location: Fayetteville, AR

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Fayetteville, Arkansas (Washington County) Police Department On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, a 15 year old girl was reported missing by her mother in Fayetteville. She had last been seen earlier that morning prior to her mother leaving for work. Sergeant William McKenny activated A Child Is Missing Alert to augment his agency’s search and more than 3,200 telephone alert calls were sent throughout the community. Although there was no clothing description known, an alert message with the girl’s general description and name was crafted in hopes that someone in the area may have information on her whereabouts. With the heightened awareness in the community due to the A Child Is Missing alert calls, her friends telephoned the missing girl’s mother and told her where they believed she was — approximately four (4) miles from where she had gone missing. According to the follow-up from Sergeant William McKenny, “Almost every call was a real lead. She was found where two callers said she would be. She was with a Registered Sex Offender. It also caused her friends to call her Mom with important information.” The information received assisted officers in locating the girl in good condition at 10:10 p.m. at a Motel 6 on North College Avenue.


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: Coral Springs, FL

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Coral Springs, Florida (Broward County) Police Department The Coral Springs, Florida Police Department activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 regarding a seven year old boy who had last been seen at approximately 2:00pm that day. Coral Springs Police had activated the Alert Program quickly and more than 1,600 alert calls were placed on their behalf by A Child Is Missing by 2:30pm. As a result of information generated by those alert calls, the boy was safely located at 2:49pm less than a mile from where he had last been seen. The use of ACIM helped bring this case to a quick resolution, saving law enforcement time and resources, and quickly reuniting this family.


Location: Springfield, OH

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Monday, February 24, 2014

Springfield, Ohio Police Department When Sergeant Dan Harris called A Child Is Missing the afternoon of February 24, 2014, he was seeking assistance in the search for a missing 74 year old man; a case Sergeant Flores was currently working. The man was reported to have recently suffered a stroke and his wife was especially concerned for his safety and well-being due to his physical health and the extremely cold weather conditions. Shortly after 2,600 alert calls were placed in the area surrounding the man’s residence, tips were generated that helped Police locate the man safe and in good condition within the hour after the alert calls were launched and approximately one mile from his home. Total time from activation to safe recovery was 40 minutes.


Location: Punta Gorda, FL

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Charlotte County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “Thank you. We could not have done it without your help. She is safe at home,” wrote Communications Specialist Debra Scharble after activating A Child Is Missing on February 18, 2014. A 68 year old woman with Alzheimer’s had wandered away from her Port Charlotte home in the 21000 block of Higgs Drive. She was last seen at 10 a.m. by relatives. More than 6,300 telephone alert calls were sent within a one-mile radius of the area surrounding the woman’s home, giving her description and asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Over the next hour and a half, two more rounds of alert calls were placed, encompassing approximately 2.5 square miles. Finally, the exhaustive search ended at approximately 1:09 pm, a resident that had received the alert about the missing person, stated she had spotted a woman that matched the description sitting by the Seawall. The Police were called and the woman was located safe approximately one (1) mile from her home and later reunited with her relatives.


Location: Kennett, MO

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dunklin County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office The Dunklin County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in response to a missing three year old boy. He had gone missing from the 1800 block of Matthews Road in Malden, Missouri at approximately 2:50 pm. With less than 50 alert calls placed to the rural area surrounding the home in which the child was last seen, the Alert assisted officers in locating the child safe about ½ mile away in a field behind the residence.

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