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Location: Lafayette, IN

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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Lafayette, Indiana, Police Department (Tippecanoe County) When a 12 year old boy went missing in Lafayette, Indiana on April 29, 2014, Detective Grant Snyder called A Child Is Missing. The call activated the Alert Program which placed over 1,000 phone calls to the area where the boy had last been seen. Several calls from the public assisted Police in locating the boy the following morning while riding his bicycle over 3 miles away.

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Location: Bremen, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Friday, January 10, 2014

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Bremen, Indiana Police Department (Marshall County) Thursday, January 9, 2014 Dispatcher Amber Martin called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert for a missing 88 year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s. A Child Is Missing sent over 1,700 telephone alert calls giving the man’s general description to residents and businesses surrounding the area, asking anyone with information to contact Police. As a result, the agency fielded multiple calls from concerned citizens who knew the missing person. This is turn lead to individuals going out and searching for the individual. Bremen Police stated “we are very thankful to the service you provide! Keep up the good work”! The missing person was located the next day in Tipton, Indiana by local law enforcement, 97 miles away, bringing the search to a safe conclusion.

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Location: Bremen, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Friday, January 10, 2014

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Bremen, Indiana Police Department (Marshall County) Thursday, January 9, 2014 Dispatcher Amber Martin called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert for a missing 88 year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s. A Child Is Missing sent over 1,700 telephone alert calls giving the man’s general description to residents and businesses surrounding the area, asking anyone with information to contact Police. As a result, the agency fielded multiple calls from concerned citizens who knew the missing person. This is turn lead to individuals going out and searching for the individual. Bremen Police stated “we are very thankful to the service you provide! Keep up the good work”! The missing person was located the next day in Tipton, Indiana by local law enforcement, 97 miles away, bringing the search to a safe conclusion.

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Location: Bloomington, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Friday, November 22, 2013

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Bloomington, Indiana Police Department (Monroe County) When a 63 year old man suffering from Alzheimer’s went missing in Bloomington, Indiana on the afternoon of Friday, November 22, 2013, time was of the essence for the Bloomington Police Department. Officer Lake called the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to help in the search of the area surrounding the 4200 block of Lilac Lane in Bloomington where the missing man had last been seen. Three thousand alert telephone calls later, Bloomington Police had received sufficient information from members of the community which led them to locating the man safe later that evening at 6:20 pm, approximately five miles away.

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Location: Bloomington, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Friday, November 22, 2013

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Bloomington, Indiana Police Department (Monroe County) When a 63 year old man suffering from Alzheimer’s went missing in Bloomington, Indiana on the afternoon of Friday, November 22, 2013, time was of the essence for the Bloomington Police Department. Officer Lake called the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to help in the search of the area surrounding the 4200 block of Lilac Lane in Bloomington where the missing man had last been seen. Three thousand alert telephone calls later, Bloomington Police had received sufficient information from members of the community which led them to locating the man safe later that evening at 6:20 pm, approximately five miles away.

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Location: Bremen, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, October 10, 2013

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Bremen, Indiana Police Department (Marshall County) Thursday, October 10, 2013, Officer Matt Schnaible called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A woman had called the department to report her 70 year old husband missing. The man suffered from Alzheimer’s and was prone to getting lost. A Child Is Missing sent over 1, 500 telephone alert calls to the area. As a result, the agency received several calls from residents which assisted them in locating the man safe about a mile away. Total time from activation to safe recovery was under 25 minutes.

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Location: Mitchell, IN

Children - Recovered: Friday, September 27, 2013

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Mitchell, Indiana, Police Department (Lawrence County) A two year old boy was found wearing blue pajamas near the intersection of Warren and 4th Street in Mitchell on the morning of September 27, 2013. The Mitchell Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist their search for the child’s parents. After nearly 700 alert telephone calls were placed to the area surrounding where the child was located, the agency received a tip from a caller that advised them of a possible location for the mother. The tip led to the location of the mother in a nearby apartment.

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Location: South Bend, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, July 25, 2013

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St Joseph County, Indiana Police Department (St Joseph County) A 91 year old woman was found alive in a St Joseph County, Indiana cornfield after Police and volunteers spent all day, Thursday, July 25, 2013 searching for her. The woman, who suffers from dementia, had walked away from a group home at 2am. Police were called at approximately 10am and Lieutenant Blank activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist. More than 2,000 telephone calls were sent over an 8 mile radius asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, numerous area residents came out to assist in the search. Some came on foot, horseback, bicycles and ATVs. The volunteers assisted Police in locating the woman safe that night at about 9pm.

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Location: Ft Wayne, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Allen County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office The morning of Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Dispatcher Jessica called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. Deputy Wigert was leading the search for a missing 66 year old man reported to suffer from dementia and Parkinson’s. The man’s wife had last seen him the previous night when she and her husband went to sleep. A Child Is Missing Alert placed nearly 800 telephone alert calls surrounding the man’s home asking anyone with information to call The Sheriff’s Office. In response the agency received 2 tips which helped them locate the man about 3 miles away. The man was checked by paramedics but was unharmed.

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Location: Mitchell, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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Mitchell, Indiana, Police Department (Lawrence County) “After placing the alert to your agency, within minutes we received phone calls,” wrote Officer Blackburn after he activated A Child Is Missing on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. A 71 year old man with Alzheimer’s was missing from his home. More than 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the area, which resulted in several tips. These tips assisted Police in locating he man safe about 16 miles away.

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Location: Hartford City, IN

Children - Recovered: Friday, May 31, 2013

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Blackford County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office Seven hundred alert calls were placed by A Child Is Missing in Blackford County, Indiana on the afternoon of May 31, 2013 and they generated 15 calls from the public with information to the Blackford County Sheriff’s Office. This after Dispatcher Crystal Hall activated the Alert Program regarding her agency’s search for a 9 year old girl, possibly in need of medical attention, who had gone missing from Hartford City. As a result of the alert calls, the girl was safely located approximately 1 mile from where she had gone missing.

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Location: Lafayette, IN

Children - Recovered: Friday, May 17, 2013

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Lafayette, Indiana, Police Department (Tippecanoe County) Friday, May 17, 2013, Officer Sherry called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 9 year old boy was missing from her home and concern for his safety was growing. Upon activation more than 1100 telephone alert calls were sent to the area asking anyone with information to contact Police. The area was expanded a short time later and an additional 1,200 alerts were sent to the area. A short time after the expansion, tips came in that assisted Police in locating the boy safe nearly 3 miles away.

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Location: Evansville, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Monday, April 1, 2013

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Evansville, Indiana Police Department (Vanderburgh County) The A Child Is Missing Alert Program was called by the Evansville Police Department on April 1, 2013. The agency was seeking assistance in its search for an 85 year old man with dementia that had gone missing in the early morning hours. A Child Is Missing launched over 1,100 alert phone calls to the search area. As a result, 3 tips were received that assisted Police in locating the man safe over 2 miles away.

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Location: New Albany, IN

Children - Recovered: Sunday, March 24, 2013

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New Albany, Indiana Police Department (Floyd County) Sunday, March 24, 2013, Officer Edgell activated A Child Is Missing Alert for two girls, aged 12 and 13 that were reported missing when their mother woke up and discovered them gone. Nearly 1,400 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the residence. In response, 3 tips came in the assisted Police in locating the girls safe about 10 miles away.

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Location: Indianapolis, IN

Children - Recovered: Monday, March 4, 2013

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Indianapolis, Indiana Police Department (Marion County) The afternoon of Monday, March 4, 2013, a 10 year old ran away from school in Indianapolis. Detective Endres activated A Child Is Missing Alert on behalf of her agency as she had several times previously. Upon activation, nearly 2,000 telephone alert calls were sent to areas surrounding both the school and the boy’s residence. Due to public awareness generated, a citizen recognized the boy at a local store later that evening, bringing the search to a safe conclusion.

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Location: Indianapolis, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Monday, February 25, 2013

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Indianapolis, Indiana Police Department (Marion County) On Monday, February 25, 2013, Detective Dague called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program regarding a 62 year old woman who had gone missing that morning. The woman was reported to suffer from Alzheimer’s and had last been seen in the 700 block of North Warman Avenue in Indianapolis at 7:00am and A Child Is Missing placed nearly 1,300 alert calls to the area surrounding that location. Tips received as a result led Police to a construction site where the woman had fallen about 10 blocks away a few hours later. She was taken by ambulance to be checked out.

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Location: Hammond, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, December 2, 2012

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Hammond, Indiana Police Department (Lake County) The early afternoon of Sunday, December 2, 2012, a man reported his 75 year old wife missing from their home in Hammond. The woman had gone to a family function the previous evening and had been driven home by the couple’s daughter. The man thought the woman was sleeping until he had gone to check on her late that morning and found her missing with her walker outside. There was additional concern because the woman suffers from Alzheimer’s, diabetes and a heart condition that requires medication. Dispatcher Jaime activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Sergeant Adam at the scene and nearly 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses around the woman’s home. A short time later, the agency called back to request an expansion of the calling area and nearly 1,000 more alert calls were sent. Several residents called in with information which assisted Police in locating the woman safe at a residence about 5 blocks from her home.

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Location: Bedford, IN

Disabled - Recovered: Friday, November 9, 2012

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Lawrence County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office “Within roughly ten minutes of notice to A Child Is Missing, we received two calls which gave us an approximate area of where the child was. We were then able to locate the child.” The child was a 15 year old boy that had disappeared after an argument with his parents early the morning of November 9, 2012. It was now becoming approaching evening and concern for the boy’s safety was growing. Nearly 100 telephone alert calls were sent to the extremely rural area where the boy lived asking anyone with information to contact Police. The boy was located safe 5 miles away a short time later.

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Location: Ft Wayne, IN

Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Fort Wayne, Indiana (Allen County) Police Department When a 19 year old girl with diminished mental capacity and medical problems was reported missing in Fort Wayne on August 21, 2012, Sergeant Hosford activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist in the search. Over 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the area, giving the girl’s description and asking residents to contact the Police with any information. In response to the alert, several volunteers came out to assist. Finally, a homeowner where the girl was at received the alert on their home answering machine and contacted Police, ending the search.

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Location: Knox, IN

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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Starke County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office The evening of Wednesday, August 1, 2012, Dispatcher Jana activated A Child Is Missing Alert for Patrolman Jeremiah Patrick who was leading the search for a 13 year old boy. The boy’s mother had reported him missing when she went to check on him and he was nowhere to be found. She reported that this behavior was out of character for her son and her concern was growing. Upon activation, over 300 telephone alert calls were sent to the rural area, asking anyone with information about the boy to contact the Sheriff’s Office. In response, a home where the boy was playing at unbeknownst to his mother got the alert and notified the family, ending the search.

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Location: Munster, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Munster, Indiana (Lake County) Police Department The evening of Monday, June 18, 2012, Officer Mike Silsby called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. An 81 year old man with dementia had gone missing from his home in Munster. Upon activation, more than 1,400 telephone alert calls were sent surrounding the man’s home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, several tips came in, helping Police to locate the man safe later that night, approximately 6 miles away.

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Location: Elkhart, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Friday, June 8, 2012

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Elkhart, Indiana (Elkhart County) Police Department Friday, June 8, 2012, Lieutenant Brent Long called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. An 87 year old woman with Alzheimer’s was reported missing from an assisted living facility that she had just moved into the previous day. Over 450 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses around the facility, asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact Police. In response, 3 tips were received and several residents came out to assist in the search. Information from the tips and help from the search assisted Police in locating the woman safe approximately 15 miles away from the facility.

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Location: Lawrenceburg, IN

Children - Recovered: Friday, June 1, 2012

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Dearborn County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office “Hundreds of volunteers came out to help search. Volunteers on ATV located the child in the forest a short distance from his home at 5am the following morning.” This was written by Deputy Clapp after an exhaustive search for a 7 year old boy ended favorably on May 31, 2012. The boy had gone missing after getting lost while riding an ATV with his sister. A Child Is Missing Alert placed over 100 telephone alert calls to the rural area which assisted in bringing out volunteers. The boy was heard yelling for help by a volunteer the next morning. He was unharmed but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

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Location: Bluffton, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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Bluffton, Indiana (Wells County) Police Department “The phone calls were very helpful,” was the response from the Bluffton Police department after activating A Child Is Missing Alert on April 24, 2012. A 78 year old man suffering from dementia had been reported missing from his home near East Dustman Road in Bluffton and Officer Ford responded to the scene. Dispatcher Mike called A Child Is Missing which resulted in more than 1,100 telephone alert calls going to the community around the man’s home. Four tips were generated which helped Police to locate the man safe about ¼ mile away.

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Location: Lafayette, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Friday, April 13, 2012

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Lafayette, Indiana, (Tippecanoe County) Police Department On April 13, 2012 at 12:50pm, A Child Is Missing was contacted by Dispatcher Girant requesting assistance in locating a missing 86 year old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s. More than 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and business owners surrounding the woman’s home as well as a local Goodwill store where the woman was thought to be headed. In response, a tip was received that helped Police to locate the woman safe, less than one hour after the alert.

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Location: Elwood, IN

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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Elwood, Indiana (Madison County) Police Department “Thank you for helping locate the child,” wrote Sergeant Blake after activating A Child Is Missing Alert on April 11, 2012. An 11 year old boy had been reported missing from Elwood after he was sent home from a playing basketball with a friend and hadn’t been seen in a few hours. Nearly 500 telephone alert calls were sent to the area where the boy had last been seen, helping Police to locate him safe approximately half a mile away.

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Location: Valparaiso, IN

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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Valparaiso, Indiana (Porter County) Police Department The afternoon of Tuesday, March 7, 2012, an 11 year old boy was reported missing in Valparaiso. Lieutenant Kostelnik activated A Child Is Missing Alert and more than 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to the area where the boy was last seen. In response, 12 residents called in with tips regarding the boy’s whereabouts. One caller reported seeing the boy hitchhiking on a road a little over a mile away from where he went missing. Officers responded and located the boy safe. Total time from activation to safe recovery was under half an hour.

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Location: Indianapolis, IN

Children - Recovered: Friday, March 2, 2012

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Indianapolis, Indiana (Marion County) Police Department The morning of Friday, March 2, 2012, a 10 year old boy was reported missing when he did not show up for school in Indianapolis. Detective Endres activated A Child Is Missing Alert as she had done several times in the past with success. Nearly 1,700 telephone alert calls were sent to the neighborhood where the boy was last seen, asking residents to contact Police if they spotted him. In response, a recipient of the alert saw the boy and called Police, remaining with him until they arrived. The boy had missed his bus and had been wandering around the neighborhood until Police located him.

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Location: Indianapolis, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, January 28, 2012

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Indianapolis, Indiana (Marion County) Police Department It was approximately 5pm on Saturday, January 28, 2012 when Detective Endres activated A Child Is Missing to assist him in his agency’s search for a missing 58 year old woman. The woman had left on foot a half an hour prior and had multiple medical needs for which she required oxygen, which she left without. Over 1,100 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the woman’s home asking residents to check their own property and to contact Police if they saw the woman. In response, less than a half an hour after the alert was sent, a worker from a nearby business contacted Police and stated that the woman had come into their store complaining that she couldn’t breathe. The woman had been taken to the hospital and the clerk contacted Police, who were able to end the search, saving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Plainfield, IN

Children - Recovered: Monday, January 23, 2012

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Plainfield, Indiana (Hendricks County) Police Department “Contacted A Child Is Missing number and gave necessary information. Within 10 to 15 minutes, a nearby neighbor got the call, stepped out of his residence, and located the child.” This was written by Officer Elston after he activated the Alert on Monday, January 23, 2012 in an effort to locate a missing 12 year old boy. The boy was located safe and it was discovered he had chased his dog up to a mile away while missing.

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Location: Monticello, IN

Children - Recovered: Saturday, January 7, 2012

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White County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office The evening of Friday, January 6, 2012 a 9 year old boy was reported missing by his babysitter in Brookston. Detective Roth responded and activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency’s search. Nearly 800 telephone alert calls were sent to neighbors and businesses surrounding the boy’s home. According to the case follow-up from Detective Roth, “Moments after the phone call was made by your agency, we had several citizens assist us with our search. Approximately 15 minutes after the phone call, our subject was found and returned home.”

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Location: Lawrenceburg, IN

Children - Recovered: Sunday, January 1, 2012

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Dearborn County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office The afternoon of Sunday, January 1, 2012, a 17 year old girl with Down’s syndrome was reported missing from her home in Lawrenceburg after she climbed out of her bedroom window. Captain Hartsburg called A Child Is Missing Alert to assist and over 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the girl’s home. In response, 2 tips came in that enabled deputies to locate the girl safe on a nearby street approximately ½ mile from her home. Total time from activation to safe recovery was approximately 35 minutes.

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Location: Peru, IN

Children - Recovered: Monday, December 5, 2011

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Peru, Indiana (Miami County) Police Department The evening of Monday, December 5, 2011, Officer Keller was leading the search for a 14 year old boy reported missing from his home in Peru. More than 1,300 telephone alert calls were placed surrounding the boy’s home, giving his general description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, tips came in that helped Police to locate the boy safe, approximately 1 mile from his home. “Outstanding resource, Thank you” wrote Officer Keller.

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Location: Logansport, IN

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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Cass County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office Two brothers aged nine and sixteen went missing Wednesday, November 23, 2011. The boys had last been seen at their grandmother’s home that afternoon and disappeared without a trace. Dispatcher Amery activated A Child Is Missing Alert and over 2,000 telephone alert calls were placed covering both the grandmother’s home and the boy’s mother’s home, in hopes that a neighbor or business had spotted them. In response, five calls with information were received. That information helped deputies locate the boys walking down a road, approximately 2 miles from where they had gone missing.

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Location: Peru, IN

Children - Recovered: Monday, November 14, 2011

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Peru, Indiana (Miami County) Police Department A 15 year old boy was reported missing in Peru on Saturday, November 12, 2011 and Officer Hewitt responded. The boy hadn’t been seen since the previous afternoon and concern for his safety was growing. Dispatcher AJ activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist and 1,400 telephone alert calls were sent to the community surrounding the boy’s residence, asking anyone with information to contact Police. One tip came in that provided a cell phone number for the boy. Using the number, Police were able to track the boy’s location using pings from the closest cell phone tower. Finally the boy was located safe the morning of November 14th.

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Location: Logansport, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Monday, November 7, 2011

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Cass County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office In the early afternoon on Monday, November 7, 2011, a 72 year old woman was reported missing from her home in Logansport. Detective Heflin was leading the search for the woman and Dispatcher Cassi activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist. More than 900 telephone calls were sent to the area surrounding her home and when those calls did not produce sufficient results, a second round of calls was requested approximately 1 hour later. Finally, a tip came in that a passerby saw her in a field near a wooded area. Police responded and located the woman, who was then treated at a nearby hospital. “Thank you for your help!” wrote Sergeant Heflin.

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Location: Oolitic, IN

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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Oolitic, Indiana (Lawrence County) Police Department “Your assistance helped in locating the two girls in a very short time,” wrote Marshal Jeffries after activating A Child Is Missing Alert when two girls were reported missing from their middle school on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. More than 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the middle school. Tips received as a result of the alert enabled Police to locate the girls walking along a road approximately 6 miles away from the school.

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Location: Ft Wayne, IN

Children - Recovered: Saturday, August 27, 2011

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Fort Wayne, Indiana (Allen County) Police Department Saturday, August 27, 2011, Detective Epps was leading the search for a missing 11 year old boy that hadn’t been seen since the previous night. A Child Is Missing Alert was activated to assist the search and more than 1,100 telephone alert calls went out to the community where the boy was last seen, giving the boy’s general description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. Shortly after the alert calls were placed, Officers in the area were flagged down by some children in the area that informed them that their parents received the alert and were able to inform them where the child was. He had been at a friend’s house just a few blocks away.

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Location: Indianapolis, IN

Children - Recovered: Sunday, August 14, 2011

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Indianapolis, Indiana (Marion County) Police Department The morning of Sunday, August 14, 2011, a 14 year old boy was reported missing from his home in Indianapolis. He had not been seen since going to bed the previous evening and his parents and Police were particularly concerned because the boy suffered from mental disabilities. Detective Price activated A Child Is Missing Alert as his agency had done with successful results several times previously. More than 1,200 telephone alert calls went out to the community surrounding the boy’s home, asking residents to be on the lookout and to contact Police with any information they may have about the boy. In response, tips were received that placed the boy in an area approximately 3 miles from his home. Officers responded and located the boy, safe.

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Location: Indianapolis, IN

Disabled - Recovered: Friday, July 15, 2011

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Indianapolis, Indiana (Marion County) Police Department The evening of Friday, July 15, 2011, Detective Dague contacted A Child Is Missing Alert in reference to a missing 77 year old woman with dementia that had gone missing from her residence. A Child Is Missing put out almost 1,300 alert calls. The following Saturday morning, the Detective called again, as the woman still had not been located. An additional 1,300 telephone alert calls were sent out to the community, requesting that residents check their properties and to contact Police if they saw the woman. One resident did just that as the woman was found by the bank of a creek 4 miles from her residence in a homeowner’s backyard. The search was ended at approximately 3:30pm and the woman was reunited safe with her family.

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Location: Franklin, IN

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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Johnson County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office The morning of Wednesday, June 29, The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office contacted A Child Is Missing Alert after a 13 year old boy disappeared from his home in Greenwood the previous afternoon. Family and law enforcement were concerned because the boy had been diagnosed with a mild form of autism, however his parents also reported that he was an accomplished outdoorsman and was comfortable being in the woods. Nearly 1,000 alert calls were sent to surrounding homes and businesses, asking residents to be on the lookout and to contact Police if they had any information about the boy. Shortly after the alert calls were placed, residents called in stating they had seen a boy matching the description, which helped give a direction of travel. Officers finally located the boy safe, approximately 8.4 miles from his home.

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Location: LaPorte, IN

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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LaPorte County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office On the morning of Tuesday, June 14, 2011, a three year old boy was found wearing a jumpsuit and a diaper on West 300 North in LaPorte, IN. Deputy Walker contacted A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist the search for the child’s parents. After nearly 200 telephone alert calls were placed to the area, officials received a call from a neighbor of the child who was able to direct Police to where the child lived, approximately .2 miles from where he had been found.

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Location: Ft Wayne, IN

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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Fort Wayne, Indiana (Allen County) Police Department Tuesday, May 31, 2011, a single tip from an alert call ended a neighborhood search for a missing 11 year old boy. This came after Fort Wayne Police Sergeant Hosford activated A Child Is Missing Alert Program to assist his agency at 6pm that day. More than 1,000 alert calls were sent out to the neighborhood surrounding the boy’s home. The information gleaned from the caller enabled Police to narrow down the search area and the boy was located riding his bike approximately 20 minutes later ½ mile from his home.

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Location: LaPorte, IN

Children - Recovered: Thursday, May 26, 2011

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LaPorte County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office At 6:30am Thursday, May 26, 2011, a 4 year old boy wearing red and white underwear and spider-man shoes was found exploring a neighborhood by himself in LaPorte. He could not tell deputies his name or where he lived so Sergeant Ulam initiated a search for the boy’s family. A Child Is Missing was contacted to assist and approximately 150 telephone alert calls were placed covering a small region where the boy was found. In response 20 phone calls from residents came in with leads. Within ten minutes of the alert being placed, deputies were able to pinpoint the boy’s residence and identity.

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Location: Indianapolis, IN

Children - Recovered: Friday, May 6, 2011

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Indianapolis, Indiana (Marion County) Police Department The night of Friday, May 6, 2011, a mother reported that her 10 year old son disappeared while getting ready for bed. Detective Dague led the search and contacted A Child Is Missing requesting assistance. Over 1,000 alert phone calls were launched to homes and businesses surrounding the boy’s residence. The Police Department received several calls and also received help from citizens that came out on foot to search for the boy. Some searchers were able to provide Police with a direction of travel which eventually led them to the boy safe, approximately 1.78 miles from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Salem, IN

Children - Recovered: Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Salem, Indiana, (Washington County) Police Department Thursday, March 17, 2011, the Salem Police Department was searching for a 14 year old girl that had gone missing earlier that day. Officer Eric Mills lead the search, gathered all pertinent information, and Dispatcher Edith called the toll free number for A Child Is Missing to activate the alert. Within minutes, telephones in the region where the girl was last seen were ringing, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, 5 tips with information were received, enabling Police to locate the girl safe, 2 miles away at a park. Total time from activation to safe recovery was 30 minutes, preserving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Franklin, IN

Children - Recovered: Saturday, December 4, 2010

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Johnson County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office Saturday, December 4, 2010, a 12 year old boy went missing after becoming upset with his babysitter near the 400 block of Shady Brook Heights in Greenwood. Deputy Nuetzmann activated A Child Is Missing Alert which resulted in more than 1,300 alert phone calls to the area where the boy was last seen. A few hours later, The Sheriff’s Office received a call from a gas station that had received an alert call and reported that the child was in the store. Deputies responded and found the child safe, approximately 1 mile from where he had gone missing.

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Location: New Albany, IN

Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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New Albany, Indiana (Floyd County) Police Department Monday, November 22, 2010, Detective Haub contacted A Child Is Missing to assist his agency in a search for a 30 year old woman that had been missing for two days. The woman was reported to be mentally challenged and had a full cast on her left leg. Although she was using a wheel chair, it was found left at her residence. Upon activation, more than 1,200 alert calls were placed surrounding the Charlestown Road address where the woman was last seen. According to Detective Haub, “A call came from a neighbor/friend [that] led us to the victim’s ex-boyfriend. Law Enforcement in Louisville, KY found victim at ex-boyfriends apartment.” Ultimately, the victim was found safe, approximately 8 miles from where she had gone missing.

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Location: Munster, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Munster, Indiana (Lake County) Police Department Thursday, November 11, 2010, Sergeant Oberk contacted A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency’s search for a missing 79 year old man suffering from dementia. Over 1,000 alert calls giving the man’s general description were placed surrounding the intersection of Manor Avenue and Gregory Avenue where the man had last been seen at approximately 9 pm. In response, Police received a tip from a citizen who had received the alert call and while driving spotted the missing man. Police responded and located the man safe, approximately 3 miles from where he had gone missing. Total time from activation to safe recovery was 45 minutes, preserving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Muncie, IN

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Muncie, Indiana (Delaware County) Police Department Tuesday, August 31, 2010, a 9 year old girl was reported missing to the Muncie Police Department. The girl was last seen on her bicycle earlier that evening. Her parents were concerned because it was beginning to grow dark and she had not returned home. The girl suffers from Asperger's syndrome and had been known to ride her bike long distances in the past, so Officer Ramsey contacted A Child Is Missing Alert and 2,700 alert calls were placed around the girl’s residence giving her description and a description of her bicycle. In response, a tip was received placing the girl approximately 3 miles west of her home. Officer Ramsey again called A Child Is Missing Alert and requested additional calls be placed around the area where the tip was received. An additional 1,900 calls were placed, and a woman who received that call was out on her front porch, spotted the girl riding in front of her home, phoned Police and held her until they arrived. Ultimately the girl was found safe, after having ridden 4 miles from her home, and reunited with her family.

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Location: Plainfield, IN

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Plainfield, Indiana (Hendricks County) Police Department The evening of Tuesday, August 24, 2010, Officer Duffer contacted A Child Is Missing regarding a 15 year old girl that had gone missing from her home. Her family was extremely concerned because the girl had made threats against her own life before she went missing. More than 2,000 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the Ellis Street address where the girl was last seen, and in response, several tips were received with sightings of the girl. These tips enabled Police to locate the girl safe approximately 1 hour after the alert was launched, one half mile from where she had gone missing.

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Location: Knox, IN

Disabled - Recovered: Saturday, August 7, 2010

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Knox, Indiana (Starke County) Police Department Saturday, August 7, 2010, the Knox Police Department was searching for a 24 year old insulin dependent woman that had been missing for several hours. Police were also concerned because the woman was reported to be upset due to family issues and had not taken her daily insulin injections. More than 2,500 alert calls were placed surrounding the Locust Drive address where the woman was last seen. In response Police received two tips with information that enabled them to locate the woman. Ultimately, the woman was found safe, approximately 5 miles from where she had gone missing.

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Location: Peru, IN

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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Peru, Indiana (Miami County) Police Department On Wednesday, July 7, 2010, Officer Lloyd activated the A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency in searching for two missing teen girls that had run away from their foster home. More than 2,500 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the Spring Street address where the two girls had last been seen. In response, 5 calls from residents with information were received. One of those calls was an employee at a local gas station that had seen the girls and called Police and gave the girl’s location. Ultimately, the girls were located safe, 1.3 miles from where they had gone missing.

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Location: Peru, IN

Children - Recovered: Sunday, June 27, 2010

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Peru, Indiana (Miami County) Police Department Sunday, June 27, 2010, Sergeant Mooney was leading the search for a 17 year old boy who suffers from epilepsy. A Child Is Missing Alert was activated to assist in the search as his agency had done with successful results several times in the past. More than 2,000 alert calls were placed around the boy’s residence, asking anyone with information to contact Police. “Immediately after calls went out, Central Dispatch received a call from a man who observed the child at a location,” said Police. “Child was then located by PPD officers.” Total time from activation to safe recovery was under two hours, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Peru, IN

Children - Recovered: Monday, June 14, 2010

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Miami County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office On the afternoon of June 14, 2010, an 11 year old boy went missing after getting into an altercation with his mother. The Miami County Sheriff’s Office performed a search of the area which was not successful, and Detective Rogers activated A Child Is Missing to assist. More than 3,000 alert calls were placed to the 1100 Block of Barksdale Avenue, where the boy was last seen. Detective Rogers reported, “After A Child Is Missing Alert was initiated, the child was spotted in a housing area by a citizen. The child was located within minutes and returned safely.”

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Location: Bedford, IN

- Recovered: Friday, May 7, 2010

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Lawrence County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office After interviewing friends and classmates, and searching all obvious areas, Captain Hettle contacted A Child Is Missing on Friday, May 7, to activate the alert in an effort to assist the department in a search for two 14 year olds that had run away the previous evening. More than 2,500 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the Sunny Acres Drive address where they had last been seen. In response, verbatim from the case follow-up report: “The first call was received 1 minute after the alert. The next 8 occurred within the first 10 minutes. We located and secured the two 14 year old runaways within 22 minutes of the alert. You were of great service.”

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Location: Evansville, IN

Child - Recovered: Saturday, March 13, 2010

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Vanderburgh County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office - Lieutenant Daza contacted A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program on March 13, 2010 in search of a missing six year old boy. More than 600 alert calls were placed to the 8000 block of Hazel Court, where the boy had last been seen earlier that morning in Evansville. One of those alert calls went directly to a neighbor of the boy, where he happened to be playing. The neighbor was unaware that the child had been reported missing. Once he received the alert call, he called Police and returned the child to his family. Ultimately, the boy was located safe, less than one mile from where he had gone missing, and less than 30 minutes from the time the calls launched, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Muncie, IN

Children - Recovered: Monday, January 25, 2010

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Muncie, Indiana (Delaware County) Police Department On January 25, 2010, the Muncie Police contacted the A Child is Missing Alert to assist in their agency’s search for two missing brothers, aged five and seven. Over 7,000 alert calls describing the two boys were placed to the area surrounding the 2900 block of Franklin Street, where they had last been seen. This generated three calls from residents who had seen the boys and Police found them safe at Wal-Mart, approximately one mile from where they had gone missing.

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Location: LaPorte, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, October 18, 2009

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LaPorte County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office Sunday, October 18, 2009, Sergeant Ulam was leading the search for an 85 year old woman suffering from dementia. A Child Is Missing Alert was activated to assist and more than 1,200 alert calls were placed surrounding the woman’s home. In response, more than 10 calls from the public were received, which helped Police narrow down the search parameters. Ultimately, the woman was found safe, approximately 2.5 miles from where she had gone missing.

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Location: Peru, IN

Disabled - Recovered: Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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Miami County, Indiana Central Police Dispatch After more than 500 alert calls were placed in Miami County, Indiana on September 15, 2009, Miami County Central Dispatch received 15 calls from the public with information. According to a dispatcher, “the calls we received helped us narrow down the area where the subject was likely to be.” The subject was a 19 year old boy who had gone missing at approximately 6:30pm that day. After being notified by Miami County Central Dispatch later that evening, A Child Is Missing placed the alert calls and the boy was located at midnight on September 15th. Having gone missing from the 10500 block of South Poplar Street in Miami, Indiana, he was found approximately three miles away on Elm Street in Bunker Hill, Indiana.

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Location: Elwood, IN

Children - Recovered: Saturday, September 5, 2009

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Elwood, Indiana (Madison County) Police Department When a 14 year old girl went missing from the 1500 block of South State Road 37 in Elwood, Indiana on September 5, 2009, the Elwood Police were called and began searching for her. The Police search included activating the A Child Is Missing Alert Program which resulted in more than 4,400 alert calls being placed to the area surrounding where the girl had last been seen. As alert calls were still flooding the area, sufficient information was received by Police from the initial alert calls to enable them to safely locate the girl.

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Location: Peru, IN

Children - Recovered: Friday, August 28, 2009

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Peru, Indiana (Miami County) Police Department On August 28, 2009 in Peru, Indiana, a 16 year old girl had run away having last been seen at 7:30 that morning. She had left from the area of Center Street in Peru and Police activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to assist their search. More than 4,500 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding was known to have been last. Ultimately, as a result of the alert calls placed looking for her, the girl returned home just after 10:00pm that day.

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Location: Indianapolis, IN

Children - Recovered: Friday, August 7, 2009

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Indianapolis, Indiana (Marion County) Metropolitan Police Department A 10 year old boy in need of medical attention went missing from the 4800 block of Nowland Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana 7:00am on August 7, 2009. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Detective Dan Kistner called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist his agency’s search for the boy. As a result, more than 3,700 alert calls were placed within minutes to the area surrounding where the boy had last been seen. One recipient of the alert call contacted Police and said they had been notified of the missing boy by the A Child Is Missing alert call, and had seen the boy. Providing the location to Police, the boy was safely located approximately two miles from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Elkhart, IN

Children - Recovered: Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Elkhart, Indiana (Elkhart County) Police Department A 13 year old girl went missing in Elkhart, Indiana and Police there activated the Alert Program of A Child Is Missing to assist their search. The girl had last been seen on July 16, 2009 at 1:30pm and was ultimately located safe as a direct result of the alert calls. She was seen in the 100 block of West Cleveland Street in Elkhart and, 3,700 alert phone calls later, was located safe. “Very helpful,” an Elkhart, Indiana Police spokesman said, “a lady received a [alert] phone call from the call service [A Child Is Missing], then she called Police which led us to the missing child.”

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Location: Elwood, IN

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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Elwood, Indiana (Madison County) Police Department When a four year old boy went missing at 1:30pm on July 15, 2009 in Elwood, Indiana wearing a grey wind breaker and Spiderman shoes, the Elwood Police began a search for him. He had last been seen in the 800 block of North 12th street in Elwood and A Child Is Missing, at the request of Elwood Police, placed alert calls in that area. After nearly 2,800 alert calls were placed requesting information about the boy, the Police Department received 12 calls from the public. Information from those calls resulted in Police locating the boy safe approximately one mile from where he had last been seen.

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Location: Elwood, IN

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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Elwood, Indiana (Madison County) Police Department Two minutes after alert calls were placed by A Child Is Missing in Elwood, Indiana on July 8, 2009, a woman contacted Elwood Police with the whereabouts of the 10 year old boy for whom they had been searching. The boy was safe and had been only three blocks from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Gas City, IN

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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Gas City, Indiana (Grant County) Police Department “Thanks so much for such a wonderful program,” said Gas City, Indiana Police Dispatcher Kerri Colvin of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. This came after the Alert Program was activated by Gas City Police who were searching for a seven year old boy who had gone missing on June 9, 2009 at 11:00am. Because Police were unsure of whether or not the boy had boarded a bus, the search area was large and the Alert Program particularly helpful as a result. With more than 5,000 alert calls placed to the areas in question, more than 30 calls with information were generated from the public. This information enabled police to locate the boy safe. He was found just before 1:00pm on Creekside Drive approximately 2 ½ miles from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Alexandria, IN

Child - Recovered: Wednesday, June 3, 2009

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“We recently signed up with your service and had a training session on it June 2, 2009,” said Alexandria, Indiana Chief of Police Brian Burnett. “On June 3, 2009, one day after the training,” he said, “we were able to utilize the Alert system.” Chief Burnett continued: “We had a juvenile female that was reported as missing that morning and was last seen the night before. We activated A Child Is Missing and, within 15 minutes, were receiving phone calls. Some of the calls we were getting were that of concern and wanting more information… and some were calls of praise stating that they thought this was one of the best programs they heard of in a long time. We even had a couple of retirees state that they were just at home not doing anything and they went out and drove around in an effort to assist with the search. We received about 15 phone calls that day, one of which led us to the house that the juvenile was at. It turned out that she ran away from home the night prior and was hiding with a friend. Because of the calls made by A Child Is Missing, we were able to recover the juvenile within about four hours of the initial call and found her safe and sound.”

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Location: Lafayette, IN

Children - Recovered: Saturday, May 16, 2009

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In Lafayette Indiana an eight year old boy had gone missing and, “information had been developed during the investigation that raised sincere concern the missing boy’s mother may have come from another state and taken her son, who she hadn’t seen in years,” wrote Lafayette Police Detective Sergeant Scott McCoy in a report following the case. Lafayette Police Detective Devine activated the A Child Is Missing (ACIM) Alert Program regarding this case on May 16, 2009. The boy had last been seen in the area of Altamonte Court in Lafayette at approximately 4:30pm that day. When 1,400 alert phone calls were placed by A Child Is Missing, the innocent nature of the situation was revealed. Due to heavy rain, the boy stayed at someone’s house without telling his father. “The family who was housing the child sent him walking home after receiving the ACIM phone call,” Scott said. On his walk home, Lafayette Police Officers who had been canvassing the area saw him and returned him safely to his father.

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Location: Knox, IN

Children - Recovered: Friday, May 15, 2009

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Twelve hundred alert calls were placed by A Child Is Missing in Starke County, Indiana on the night of May 15, 2009 and they generated 10 calls from the public with information to the Starke County Sheriff’s Office. This after Dispatcher Jessica Patrick activated the Alert Program regarding her agency’s search for a 14 year old girl, possibly in need of medical attention, who had gone missing from the 400 block of South Main Street in Knox, Indiana just before 6:00pm. As a result of the alert calls, the girl was safely located approximately 1/8 mile from where she had gone missing.

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Location: Muncie, IN

Disabled - Recovered: Monday, May 4, 2009

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After activating the A Child Is Missing Alert Program regarding a 54 year old man in need of medical attention, the Muncie Indiana Police Department received 75-100 calls with information from the public in response to the 2,800 alert phone calls placed by A Child Is Missing. The man had last been seen in the 1700 block of West 16th Street in Muncie on Sunday, May 3, 2009. Muncie Police activated the Alert Program the next day as they followed information that the man may be headed to the cemetery where his recently deceased brother was buried. The man was located in the early afternoon of Tuesday, May 5th ¼ mile from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Valparaiso, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Friday, May 1, 2009

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The Valparaiso, Indiana Police Department called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist their search for a 77 year old man in need of medical attention who had gone missing on May 1, 2009. He had last been seen in the area of the 1600 block of Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso at approximately 2:55pm that day. More than 5,500 alert phone calls were placed to the area surrounding that address. At approximately 6:15pm a Valparaiso Police Lieutenant called A Child Is Missing to inform a Recovery Specialist that a phone call generated by the alert calls had been received by Police and reported a sighting of the missing man. That information pinpointed an area on which the fire department focused and found the man.

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Location: Ellettsville, IN

Children - Recovered: Sunday, April 19, 2009

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Sergeant Eric Chaudion of the Ellettsville, Indiana Police Department called A Child Is Missing on Sunday, April 19, 2009 when his agency was in the throes of a search for a 12 year old boy who was possibly in need of medical attention. The boy, who had gone missing from the 500 block of Poplar Drive in Ellettsville, was known to hide in sheds, tree houses, and vehicles which served to complicate the search. Several waves of alert phone calls were placed to the areas the boy was thought to be. Ultimately he was found safe approximately ½ mile from where he had last been seen.

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Location: Indianapolis, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, April 16, 2009

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An alert Indianapolis, Indiana resident, after receiving the A Child Is Missing alert call instructing him to check his property, located the missing 79 year old man in need of medical assistance for whom the Indianapolis Police had been searching. The man had last been seen at 1:30pm on Thursday, April 16, 2009 in the 10000 block of Golden Harbest Way in Indianapolis. Indianapolis Police Detective Shue activated the Alert Program which placed 2,000 alert calls to the area surrounding where the man had last been seen. Ultimately the man was safely reunited with his family.

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Location: Kokomo, IN

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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When a one year old girl went missing in the company of a 26 year old man on March 18, 2009, the Kokomo, Indiana Police Department was called into action. Kokomo Police Sergeant Tom Mygrant called A Child Is Missing to assist his agency’s search for the two who had gone missing from the 2900 block of North Delphos Street in Kokomo. After approximately 4,000 alert calls were placed in the surrounding areas, one of the calls from the public resulting from the alert calls provided a location of the two. “This system was very important,” said Sergeant Mygrant.

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Location: Indianapolis, IN

Children - Recovered: Friday, February 27, 2009

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A nine year old boy went missing from the 2400 block of South McClure Street in Indianapolis, Indiana in the early evening of February 27, 2009. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Detective Shue called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist the agency’s search. One of the more than 1,700 alert calls placed to the area surrounding where the boy had last been seen was received by the mother of a friend of the missing boy. She talked to her son, inquired about the whereabouts of his missing friend, and provided information to Police. That information led Indianapolis Metro to the boy approximately ½ mile from where he had last been seen.

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Location: Madison, IN

Children - Recovered: Saturday, October 25, 2008

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Madison, Indiana (Jefferson County) Police Department - The missing boy “was located less than two hours after your service started calls,” Madison, Indiana Police Lieutenant Daniel Slygh said of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. This came after Lieutenant Slygh activated the Alert Program to assist his agency’s search for a 15 year old boy who was missing from the 500 block of East 2nd Street in Madison on the morning of October 25, 2008. Approximately 20 calls from the public to Madison Police were generated from the nearly 4,400 alert calls placed by A Child Is Missing. One recipient of the alert call indicated they had seen the boy and another called his mother to give his whereabouts.

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Location: Indianapolis, IN

Found Child - Recovered: Friday, September 12, 2008

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Indianapolis, Indiana (Marion County) Police Department - Detective Kevin Shue of the Indianapolis, Indiana Police Department called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program regarding an eight year old boy who had gone missing at approximately 8:45pm on Friday, September 12, 2008. More than 5,500 alert calls were placed to the area adjacent to the 3400 block of North Central Avenue in Indianapolis asking anyone with information to call Indianapolis Police. One call was generated to Police from a person who received the A Child Is Missing alert call and saw the child on a porch—recognizing him from the description in the alert call.

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Location: Muncie, IN

Missing Child - Recovered: Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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At approximately quarter past 8:00am on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 a nine year old boy went missing from the 1800 block of West Charles Street in Muncie, Indiana. After Muncie Police responded to the call for the missing boy, they contacted A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program. More than 4,000 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the boy was last seen—asking anyone with information to call Muncie Police. Six people did call Police leading to the safe recovery of the child “at approximately 10:25am on College Avenue just south of West Jackson Street” according to Police.

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Location: Bloomington, IN

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, August 17, 2008

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When a 75 year old man went missing in Bloomington, Indiana on the afternoon of Saturday, August 16, 2008, time was of the essence for the Bloomington Police Department. Officer Reynolds called the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to help in the search of the area surrounding the 4100 block of North Rosewood Drive in Bloomington where the missing man had last been seen. Three thousand alert telephone calls later, Bloomington Police had received sufficient information from members of the community to lead them to a wooded area approximately 1,000 yards north of the man’s residence.

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Location: Monticello, IN

Found Child - Recovered: Monday, July 14, 2008

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Dispatcher Joyce Mossholder of the White County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office said, “this program is great.” This after Mossholder activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program on July 14, 2008 to help her agency’s search for a missing six year old boy. More than 2,655 alert calls later, the boy was safely recovered and reunited with his family.

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Location: Ft Wayne, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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Nearly 40 calls were received by Fort Wayne, Indiana Police from people who had received A Child Is Missing alert calls searching for a missing 63 year old woman in need of medical assistance. The alert calls had been requested on May 27, 2008 seeking help from residents in the area of the 2300 block of Garden Park Drive in Fort Wayne. One of the calls to Police pinpointed the missing woman’s location and Fort Wayne Police were able to locate her safely.

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Location: Logansport, IN

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, November 2, 2007

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Logansport, IN (Cass County) - The Logansport, Indiana Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program on November 2, 2007 in search of a missing six year old girl. The girl’s mother didn’t realize her daughter was missing until she went to her daycare facility to pick up her and her other children. After two hours of law enforcement searching and nearly 3,000 A Child Is Missing alert calls being launched to the community, the child was located by one of the more than 100 calls Logansport Police received. A teacher, who had earlier that day overheard a conversation about the child going to a friend’s house, received an alert call and was able to help police.

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Location: Peru, IN

Other - Recovered: Monday, August 27, 2007

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Peru, IN (Miami County) – On August 27, 2007 at 9:09 a.m., Miami County Central Dispatch contacted A Child Is Missing to assist in locating a white male fugitive. ACIM’s Technician launched 1,125 phone calls to his last known whereabouts, and numerous calls were received regarding his location. “We were able to track him, and he was captured several days later as a result of family providing information,” according to Detective Mike Rogers of Miami County Central Dispatch. Detective Rogers added that “We contacted news media immediately and, as a result of your (ACIM’s) services, they want to do a follow-up story focusing on your program and its capabilities.”

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Location: Knox, IN

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, June 5, 2007

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On June 5, 2007, Starke County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office contacted A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program regarding a missing 13 year old boy. He had gone missing from the 8000 block of North Tippecanoe in Walkerton at approximately 8:15am. According to the Starke County Sheriff’s Office, the child was in the company of a friend and the friend’s mother. The friend’s mother did not know the boy had been reported missing until someone who received a telephone alert told her.

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Location: Ft Wayne, IN

Children - Recovered: Monday, June 4, 2007

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Allen County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office received approximately 100 calls from the public with information regarding a missing nine year old girl after A Child Is Missing placed 1,800 alert calls to the area surrounding the 8800 block of Oday Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana on the afternoon of June 4, 2007. These calls not only provided information regarding possible sightings, but also included information about previous suspicious activity according to the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. Ultimately the girl was located unharmed at a relatives house 15 miles from where she had gone missing.

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Location: Bluffton, IN

Children - Recovered: Thursday, May 24, 2007

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When a 25 year old woman ran off with her three year old niece in Bluffton, Indiana, Bluffton Police were immediately involved. Chief of Police Tammy Schaffer called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist her agency’s search for the missing child and suspect. The woman had taken the girl from Capri Court in the late morning of May 24, 2007. After alert calls were placed, 20 calls to Police were generated. With a search underway for her and the child, and alert phone calls ringing all over town, the woman brought the child to the Police Department shortly after 2:00pm.

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Location: Bluffton, IN

Elderly - Recovered: Monday, May 7, 2007

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When a 71 year old man went missing from the 11000 block of North Marzane in Markle, Indiana on May 7, 2007, Wells County Detective Powell and Sergeant Bower used the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to help their search. More than 1,100 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the last know location of the man. A woman received the alert call and was overheard by her children saying one of the neighbors was missing. The children rode four wheelers around looking for the man and found him leaning against a tree in a field in the back of their house.

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Location: Middletown, IN

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, March 16, 2007

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Middletown, IN (Hamilton County) – On March 16, 2007 a 17 year old boy went missing. The Middletown Police Department called A Child Is Missing to utilize the Alert Program. Upon taking the missing person’s information the ACIM Technician, utilizing satellite mapping, placed over 800 calls to the surrounding neighborhood. The Middletown PD received many calls, some containing information about the whereabouts of this person. “He was located . . . with a friend in the friends car,” stated Officer Justin Michael.

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Location: Lawrence, IN

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, December 15, 2006

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Lawrence, IN (Marion County) – On Friday, December 15, 2006, the City of Lawrence Police Department began the search for a 10-year-old boy who had gone missing from his home. Det. / Sgt. Mathew Miller called A Child Is Missing and relayed vital information to the Technician on call. Within minutes over seven hundred phone began ringing in area. Shortly after the calls went out, residents began calling the Lawrence Police Department with information about the child’s whereabouts. He was located a short while later. Det. Sgt. Miller stated “Child was located on a golf course approximately 1 mile form his house. Residents were calling telling us where he was. Thank you!!”

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Location: Peru, IN

Found Child - Recovered: Saturday, October 8, 2005

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Peru, IN - On Oct 8, 2005, a two-year-old girl was found wandering around outside unsupervised in the city of Peru (Miami County), Indiana. The police brought the child to the stationhouse and Detective John Kilcreese of the Miami County Sheriff’s Department contacted A Child Is Missing. Detective Kilcreese reported a full description of the found child to be broadcast in the hope that a neighbor might know whom the child’s guardian might be. A Child is missing alerted 378 homes in the region immediately surrounding where the child was found. The Miami County SD received 4 calls from residents in the area, including the father of the child who had been sleeping, and did not know his two-year-old had left the house. As a result of the calls, the girl’s identity was revealed within moments of the calls being sent out. Detective Kilcreese was quoted as saying, “Thanks again, I’ve used the system three times now and it has been quite useful!”

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Location: Peru, IN

Missing Child - Recovered: Thursday, August 18, 2005

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Peru, IN - On August 18, 2005, an emotionally troubled 15-year-old boy ran away from home in Peru (Miami County), Indiana. After evaluating the situation, Linda Sutton of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office contacted A Child Is Missing and reported a full description of the boy to be distributed via telephone in search of a recovery. A Child Is Missing placed 1054 alert calls over the area where the child was last seen. Miami County SO received 8 responses from residents, one of which provided the direction of travel (on foot) around the time last seen. As a result of the alert, he was returned home safely after being recovered from a friend’s residence.

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Location: Bourbon, IN

Missing Child - Recovered: Wednesday, August 3, 2005

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Bourbon, IN - On August 3, 2005, two children (ages 9 and 7) were reported missing by their babysitter in Bourbon (Marshall County), Indiana. After evaluating the situation, Ward Byers on behalf of the Bourbon PD contacted A Child Is Missing and reported a full description to be distributed via telephone.A Child Is Missing placed 884 calls over the area where the children were last seen. 8 calls were received including a few that pointed out the route the children were traveling. They children were ultimately found and recovered unharmed in a swimming pool as a result of the alert calls.

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Location: Valparaiso, IN

Missing Child - Recovered: Tuesday, May 17, 2005

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Valparaiso, IN - On May 17, 2005, an 11-year-old boy was reported missing to the Valparaiso, Indiana Police – The mother had previously checked with all of the neighborhood children, but two hours had gone by with no sign of him. A ground search was launched with the Valpo PD and Sergeant Kostelnik advised that the A Child Is Missing Alert should be activated. A Child Is Missing placed 1950 calls over the areas where the missing boy was last seen and known to visit. Within moments after the calls went out, a resident called the police and advised that she had seen the child walking South on Fairlane… Police Units began moving to that area when a second telephone call came in reporting that he was on Illinois Street. Police picked him up and transported him back to his mother immediately.

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Location: Goshen, IN

Missing Child - Recovered: Monday, April 11, 2005

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Elkhart, IN - Elkhart Police Department- On April 11, 2005, a 4-year-old-girl went with her mother’s boyfriend to pick up a prescription at the local drugstore in Elkheart, Indiana. When he didn’t return after a few hours, the police were called, it was discovered that the man with the young girl was a registered sex offender and had other warrants out for his arrest. Detective Krystal Garcia of the Elkheart Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing and reported the situation, giving descriptions of both the child and adult. A Child Is Missing placed 2,520 calls over the area where the missing people were last seen and headed. One of the neighborhood residents spotted them walking at a gas station within a mile of where they were last seen. The missing child was promptly returned to her mother, and the suspect was arrested. Time from when the description was broadcast to the recovery of the child: 8 minutes. Detective Garcia was quoted as saying, “Thanks […] for your help! VERY HELPFUL!”

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Location: Knox, IN

Missing Child - Recovered: Tuesday, February 8, 2005

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Knox, Star County, IN – Star County Sheriff Office - On February 8, 2005 16-year-old boy (mentally a 4-year old) in Knox, Indiana was reported missing by his parents. Officer Clinton Noram of the Star County Sheriff's Office apprised A Child Is Missing of the situation, and calls were placed. A Child Is Missing placed 886 calls over the area where the boy was last seen and numerous residents responded noting that he was seen walking on roadways in his neighborhood. He was ultimately recovered along the route he had been reportedly walking along approximately thirty minutes later.

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Location: Huntington, IN

Missing Child - Recovered: Tuesday, November 30, 2004

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Huntington, IN - Huntington Police Department - On November 30, 2004 an 11-year-old boy was reported missing after not arriving on the bus to school in Huntington, Indiana. He was considered to be a possible abduction risk by an estranged parent. Mary Ellen Shieber of the Huntington Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing Alert program requesting assistance. A Child Is Missing technician launched the 2926 alert phone calls to homes and businesses in the area where the child had last been seen. The Police Department received approximately 10 calls from residents. A resident, a prior babysitter, received the call and promptly called the station to let the police know that the boy was ok. The child had gone to the babysitter's after having missed the morning school bus. The missing child was recovered within ten minutes of the calls being placed.

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Location: Huntington, IN

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, April 6, 2004

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Huntington, IN - Huntington Police Department - On April 6, 2004 a 71-year-old woman with dementia was reported missing from a Huntington, Indiana hotel. She was considered to be a possible danger to herself, and her Ability to communicate was sometimes difficult. Mary Ellen Schieber of the Huntington Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing Alert program requesting assistance. A Child Is Missing technician launched hundreds of alert phone calls to homes and businesses in the area where the woman had last been seen. The police department received several calls from residents, including one who had earlier seen a woman meeting the description walking along the road, and another who had recently seen her. The second responder didn't know that the subject was missing until she returned home and received the message on her answering machine. The responder in turn called the police and mentioned that she had seen a person fitting the missing woman's description. An officer checked the area and found the woman walking along the side of the road. The woman was reunited with her family within 90 minutes of the calls going out.

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