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Recent Safe Recoveries:

Location: Ridgefield, NJ

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ridgefield, New Jersey (Bergen County) Police Department On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, a 13 year old girl was reported missing by her mother in Ridgefield. She had last been seen earlier that morning prior to her mother leaving for work. The mother normally leaves the house at 6 AM and at 7 AM makes a “Wake-Up call” for her daughter to get ready for school. However, on this day the school notified the mother that her daughter was absent. Sergeant Russ Christiana activated A Child Is Missing Alert to augment his agency’s search and more than 11,000 telephone alert calls were sent throughout the community with the girl’s general description and name; in the hopes that someone from the area may have information on her whereabouts. 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 1:10 pm when the girl was located unharmed in a Brooklyn New York Subway Station near 330 Jay Street, approximately 16 miles from the last seen location. Per case follow-up received, “I would like to thank your organization for assisting this Agency on this missing child case!” wrote Detective Joseph Malanga of the Ridgefield Police regarding the assistance provided by A Child Is Missing (ACIM).


Location: Rockwood, MI

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Rockwood, Michigan (Wayne County) Police Department “A Great resource for Public Safety,” wrote Chief Stephen Rowe in the case follow-up report to A Child Is Missing. Dispatcher Lekity had activated A Child Is Missing Alert Program to assist Sergeant Randy Krause on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 after a teenager went missing following a parenting dispute. Over 1,900 telephone alert calls were launched surrounding the boy’s home, asking anyone with information on the boy’s whereabouts to contact Police. A short time later, the agency called with a second location as the missing boy’s backpack had been found near the property of the Waste Water Treatment Plant which was close to the Huron River and an additional set of calls were sent to this area. As a result of that and word of the situation spreading through social media outlets, more than 100 residents volunteered to join the search for the missing teen after receiving the alert. Family members searched an area where the teen was known to frequent near Fort Street and Huron River Drive and found him hiding under a train bridge. The search ended at 11:36 p.m. and the boy was reunited safe with his family pending a follow-up investigation with the boy and his family.


Location: Twin Falls, ID

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Twin Falls, Idaho Police Department (Twin Falls County) After A Child Is Missing Alert Program had placed more than 3,700 alert calls in Twin Falls, Idaho, “We did receive a few calls after you were advised of Sarah being missing. She was found safely. She was with her peer counselor,” Dispatcher Tina Kelley stated in the response to a case follow-up report to A Child Is Missing. On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Dispatcher Tina Kelley activated A Child Is Missing Alert program in an effort to locate a 10 year old girl who was reported missing from her school in Twin Falls. After the girl’s disappearance was reported to Police, the alert calls were launched into the area surrounding the girl’s school, giving a general description of the missing girl and requesting anyone with information about the child to contact the Police. Tips from the alert calls and area searchers provided information that helped officers locate Sarah, who had in fact returned home on her own accord, safe and unharmed that evening; about 1.2 miles from where she had last been seen.


Location: Tallahassee, FL

Type of Case: Disabled

Date Recovered: Sunday, April 06, 2014

Leon County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The morning of Saturday, April 5, 2014, Detective Sargent McBride activated A Child Is Missing to assist his agency in finding a missing 48 year old man who utilizes an electric wheelchair, has high blood pressure and suffers from Depression. Deputies and family members were particularly concerned because the man is an insulin dependent diabetic. After providing descriptive information about the man to the A Child Is Missing Recovery Specialist, more than 5,900 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the Charlotte Street address, where the man had last been seen during the early morning hours, giving the missing man’s general description and asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the Sheriff’s Office. With information received as a result of the Alert, Deputies were able to track the man to a residence where the missing man was by choice, partaking in illegal drugs which was within two (2) miles from his residence. Deputies made the man aware of the Alert calls in reference to his being missing, which prompted him to call his home and return on his own accord shortly thereafter, safe and unharmed.


Location: Parkland, FL

Type of Case: Elderly

Date Recovered: Thursday, April 03, 2014

Broward County, Florida Sheriff’s Office When an 87 year old woman with multiple medical conditions went missing from the 9400 block of Aston Gardens Court in Pompano Beach, Florida on April 3, 2014, Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Davis enlisted the assistance of A Child Is Missing Alert Program. He activated the Alert Program and more than 1,600 alert phone calls were placed to the area surrounding the residential assisted living facility where the woman had last been seen. As it turns out, Fire Rescue had transported the woman to the hospital without notifying the facility staff or BSO Dispatch. Upon reporting to the hospital, Deputies were able to positively identify the woman as the one they had been searching for. The total time from activation to safe assisted recovery was approximately one hour, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.


Location: Marysville, OH

Type of Case: Children

Date Recovered: Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Marysville, Ohio (Union County) Police Department When a 15 year old teenager was reported missing from her high school in Marysville, Dispatcher Virginia Paden activated A Child Is Missing to assist in the location and recovery of the girl. The girl had gone missing from a local high school where she was supposed to have detention, but didn’t show up and concern for her safety was growing. Upon activation, over 7,400 telephone alert calls were placed with the girl’s description around the school’s vicinity, asking anyone with information to contact Police. Based upon the agency’s comments, the child realized that it would be best to return home due to the high volume of local community response to our alerts. Upon her return, she was found to be safe and in good condition.


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.

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