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Location: Garden City, KS

Elderly - Recovered: Friday, July 25, 2014

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Garden City, Kansas Police Department (Finney County) Friday, July 25, 2014, Supervisor Vasquez contacted A Child Is Missing Alert to assist the Pekin Police in the search for a 74 year old woman with reported to suffer from diabetes and Alzheimer’s. More than 1,000 telephone alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the address where she had last been seen. In response, the agency received several tips from residents which assisted them in locating the woman about a half mile away.

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Location: Garden City, KS

Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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Garden City, Kansas Police Department (Finney County) “Alert helped letting people know about the situation and had several people call about the call they received asking for additional information,” wrote MCO Javier Hernandez. This after he activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist the agency in the search for a 49 year old woman reported to suffer from diabetes and mental health problems. More than 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the woman’s home. The woman was found safe a short time later at a park approximately 2 miles away.

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Location: Garden City, KS

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Garden City, Kansas Police Department (Finney County) A 71 year old man with Dementia went missing from his home in Garden City the evening of September 24, 2013. Supervisor Vasquez called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist Officer Keunstler at the scene. After more than 1,300 alert phone calls were placed to the area surrounding where the man had last been seen, eight people phoned police with information. These tips assisted Police in locating the man safe a short time later about a half mile away.

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Location: Salina, KS

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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Salina, Kansas Police Department (Saline County) A five year old boy who had last been seen at 11:00am on August 20, 2013 while riding a bicycle was missing in Salina, Kansas. Dispatcher Angela Fuller called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert which resulted in more than 1,500 telephone alert calls going to residents and businesses around the boy’s home. With information received as a result of the Alert, Police were able to track the boy to a friend’s home about a mile away.

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Location: McPherson, KS

Disabled - Recovered: Sunday, June 30, 2013

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McPherson, Kansas Police Department (McPherson County) Sunday, June 30, 2013, an injured 54 year old man was reported missing from a healthcare facility in McPherson. He was not able to speak or care for himself and there was great concern for his safety. Officer Marcantonio activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist and more than 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the region surrounding the facility. In response, tips were received which gave the agency a better description of the man and a direction of travel. This assisted Police in locating the man safe that afternoon 30 miles away.

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Location: Wichita, KS

Children - Recovered: Monday, May 6, 2013

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Wichita, Kansas Police Department (Sedgwick County) The evening of Monday, May 6, 2013, Officer Manuel and Lieutenant Mattintly activated A Child Is Missing to assist in their search for a missing 11 year old girl. Concern for her safety was growing as the area near the girl’s home was wooded and there was a creek nearby. Nearly 1,100 telephone alert calls were sent to the area, asking anyone with information to contact Police. A resident that received the alert checked his own property and located the girl hiding in some brush in his yard, about a mile away, bringing a safe ending to the search.

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Location: Erie, KS

Children - Recovered: Saturday, October 13, 2012

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Erie, Kansas (Neosho County) Police Department Saturday, October 13, 2012, Dispatcher Barb Stitch called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 13 year old boy with autism was missing from his home. Upon activation, nearly 100 telephone alert calls were sent to the rural area, asking anyone with information to contact the Police. The following was written in response to ACIM: “Your agent was contacted and quickly got the calls out. We have used your service many times. We are very thankful for having this tool in locating missing children. The child was located safe and returned home.”

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Location: Olathe, KS

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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Johnson County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, October 9, 2012, a 74 year old man with Alzheimer’s was reported missing after he did not return home from walking his dog. Dispatcher Veacout called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert for Deputy Serpan at the scene. Over 700 telephone alert calls were sent to the area around the man’s home. In response, 4 tips came in with information that the man was driving in a vehicle and giving the vehicle description. This assisted deputies in the search and they located the man safe a short time later, about 6 miles away.

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Location: Junction City, KS

Children - Recovered: Saturday, September 22, 2012

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Junction City, Kansas (Geary County) Police Department When a 10 year old boy went missing from his home on September 22, 2012, Sergeant Borgis activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist the three local law enforcement agencies in the search. Nearly 700 telephone alert calls were sent to the area which generated volunteers as well as information. Ultimately, the boy was located a short time later safe at a friend’s home.

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Location: Salina, KS

Children - Recovered: Sunday, May 27, 2012

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Salina, Kansas (Saline County) Police Department Officer Jones was called to Birch Street on May 27, 2012 where a toddler had been found wandering alone that morning. A Child Is Missing Alert was activated in an effort to find where the boy belonged. Upon activation, 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to residents near Birch Street, giving the boy’s description and asking anyone that might know him to contact Police. Tips from the alert assisted Police in locating the boy’s mother. Dispatcher Rose Haaga wrote, “Results were immediate, the child’s mother was located within 10 minutes of calling A Child Is Missing.”

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Location: El Dorado, KS

Children - Recovered: Sunday, December 18, 2011

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Butler County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office When a 12 year old boy went missing from Douglas the early evening of Sunday, December 18, 2011, Deputy Briseno contacted A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. The boy was reported to have special needs and had run away from his parents. Nearly 900 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the boy’s home, asking anyone with information to contact The Sheriff’s Office. In response, two calls came in with sightings of the boy, helping deputies to narrow the search area. Finally the boy was located by a resident hiding in their backyard.

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Location: Hutchinson, KS

Children - Recovered: Saturday, October 15, 2011

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Hutchinson, Kansas (Reno County) Police Department It was late in the evening on Friday, October 14th, 2011 and Officer Martin was searching for a 13 year old boy that did not return home from school. A Child Is Missing was activated to assist in the search and over 1,400 telephone alert calls were sent to the community surrounding the boy’s home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. One of the boy’s friends heard of the alert and contacted the boy, who in turn called his father. The boy had stayed the night with a friend and claimed his father gave permission. In the end the boy was returned home safe.

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Location: Ottawa, KS

Disabled - Recovered: Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Franklin County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office “By the call being placed to residents, those people called other people and eventually the word got to someone in direct contact with the missing woman. This system saved a lot of time and resources from our agency and others.” This was written by Sergeant Ferguson after A Child Is Missing assisted The Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, August 18, 2011 in their search for a missing 39 year old woman reported to be suffering from a mental disorder. When the woman heard of the alert, she called the authorities and was returned home, safe.

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Location: Ottawa, KS

Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, February 19, 2011

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Ottawa, Kansas (Franklin County) Police Department Saturday, February 19, 2011, an 80 year old man suffering from Alzheimer’s laid down for an afternoon nap with his wife and when she awoke, he was missing. After searching her home and the surrounding area, she contacted Police. Responding officers became concerned because as nightfall approached, the temperatures were dropping, and the man’s home was surrounded by dense woods and there were lakes and other bodies of water nearby. Officer Schmidt contacted A Child Is Missing Alert to assist and within minutes of placing the call, nearly 800 telephones surrounding the man’s home were ringing, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, 30 citizens responded, offering to help search for the man. The Police Department formed teams including those citizens and along with law enforcement they fanned out to search for the missing gentleman. Finally, the man was found in a creek, where he had fallen in water up to his neck. He was dangerously hypothermic and was taken by ambulance to the hospital where it was estimated that given another 15 to 30 minutes he would not have survived. “I truly believe it saved Winter’s life,” said Police Chief Dennis Butler, “I want to urge everyone living in this community to go on the “A Child Is Missing” website – and enter all of your unlisted home phones and cell phones to receive alerts from the police when someone goes missing.”

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Location: Winfield, KS

Children - Recovered: Saturday, January 15, 2011

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Winfield, Kansas (Cowley County) Police Department The evening of Saturday, January 15, 2011, the parents of a 12 year old boy with special needs contacted the Winfield Police Department frantic when they couldn’t find their son. They had asked their son to stay in the car for just a minute while going into a store and upon returning, he was nowhere to be found. Officer Nicole Hills activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist the department in their search, a first for the agency. More than 1,300 alert phone calls went to homes and businesses surrounding the address where the boy was last seen. A resident, having received the alert call, spotted the boy and flagged down an officer who recovered the child safe, approximately one half mile from where he had gone missing. "It worked well. We are very happy with the outcome," said Floyd Clarkson with the Winfield Police Department.

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Location: Newton, KS

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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Newton, Kansas (Harvey County) Police Department Tuesday, June 8, 2010: When two 12 year old girls ran away together and hadn’t been seen for nearly a day, Detective Powell activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency in their search. More than 5,000 alert calls were placed to the 1100 Block of Boyd Avenue, where the girls had last been seen. In response, Police received several calls from concerned residents. “Due to the calls we received, the runaway girls knew that numerous people were looking for them and called their mothers to pick them up,” said Detective Powell, “Due to them running away, it did not fit the criteria for an Amber Alert. Nice Job.”

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Location: Salina, KS

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Salina, Kansas (Saline County) Police Department May 25, 2010. When the Salina Police Department received word that a 70 year old Alzheimer’s sufferer wandered off earlier that morning, they wasted no time in activating the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. Within 28 minutes of activation, 6 calls were received, one of them with a report of having just seen the woman. When officers moved into the area, she was found safe, walking down the street two blocks from where she was reported to have been spotted. Total time from activation to safe recovery: 28 minutes, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Shawnee, KS

Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, September 19, 2009

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Shawnee, Kansas (Johnson County) Police Department On Saturday, September 19, 2009, a 71 year old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s was reported missing from her home on Alden Street in Shawnee. Sergeant Baker called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist in the search. Nearly 2,000 alert calls were placed around the woman’s home. As a result Police received a tip that the woman had been seen walking west of her address. Police responded and searching the area, and located the woman one mile away from her home. She was unharmed and reunited with her family.

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Location: Minneapolis, KS

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Ottawa County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office “Citizens that received [alert] calls came out to assist in looking for the missing child and aided in the safe recovery of the child,” said Ottawa County, Kansas Sheriff Keith Coleman after his agency located a four year old boy who had gone missing. The boy had last been seen at 10:00am on September 15, 2009 in the 400 block of Strickler Avenue in Delphos, Kansas and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office quickly called A Child Is Missing. With approximately 500 alert calls quickly sent to the area surrounding where the child had last been seen, he was located at 11:55am.

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Location: Basehor, KS

Children - Recovered: Saturday, September 5, 2009

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Basehor, Kansas (Leavenworth County) Police Department When Basehor, Kansas Police activated A Child Is Missing to assist their search for an eight year old girl on September 5, 2009, activating Basehor Police Officer Frank Pflumm said, “this program has been greeted with public enthusiasm and is a crucial resource for law enforcement.” “Thanks to ACIM [A Child Is Missing], residents from nearby cities responded to assist the search,” Pflumm said. The girl was located safely as a result of the alert calls approximately ½ mile from where she had gone missing.

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Location: Newton, KS

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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Harvey County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office Two brothers, one seven and the other 12, went missing in North Newton Kansas and the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office was notified. They had gone missing on August 4, 2009 from the 100 block of West 26th Street in North Newton and Sheriff T. Walton called A Child Is Missing himself and activated the Alert Program. This resulted in the mapping of the area surrounding the West 26th Street location and more than 1,500 alert calls being placed to the homes and businesses there. According to the Sheriff, 10 calls from the community with information were prompted by the alert calls. One of the callers indicated he had seen the children several hours earlier at a specific location. When Sheriff’s personnel checked, they were successful in finding the boys approximately ½ mile from there.

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Location: Goodland, KS

Children - Recovered: Monday, February 16, 2009

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When two brothers, one five years old and the other nine, went missing from the 200 block of Center Street in Goodland, Kansas on the afternoon of February 16, 2009, The Sherman County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program to assist in the search. After nearly 3,500 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the boys had last been seen, the Sheriff’s Office received four calls from the public with information. That information led Deputies to the boys who were ultimately located safe approximately three hours later.

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Location: Sedgwick, KS

Children - Recovered: Sunday, September 7, 2008

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A 10 year old boy went missing from the 4200 block of Hydraulic Street in Wichita, Kansas on the night of Sunday, September 7, 2008. Wichita Police Officer Toman called the A Child Is Missing Alert Program and more than 2,600 alert calls were launched in the area surrounding where the child was last seen. After approximately 50 calls to Wichita Police resulting from the alert calls, the boy was located at 2:30am the next day playing video games at a 24 hour department store approximately eight miles from his home.

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Location: Ottawa, KS

Children - Recovered: Saturday, July 14, 2007

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On March 6, 2009, the Ottawa, Kansas Police Department was searching for a 3 year old girl who had gone missing from the 1000 block of 17th Street in Ottawa, Kansas. Ottawa Police called A Child Is Missing shortly after and activated the Alert Program. After more than 1,500 alert calls were launched, approximately 10 calls from the public were received by Police providing information. This led to the safe recovery of the girl.

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Location: Andover, KS

Missing Child - Recovered: Tuesday, May 30, 2006

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Andover, KS (Butler County) - After A Child Is Missing launched 425 alert calls, Andover, Kansas Police received five calls from alert residents providing information to them about a missing boy. A woman had been driving home on the afternoon of May 30, 2006 and saw the boy not realizing he was missing. When she arrived home, her answering machine had captured the A Child Is Missing alert message which described the boy she had just seen. She called police who quickly located the child in the vicinity of the intersection of Highways 54 and 96.

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Location: Olathe, KS

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, May 5, 2006

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Olathe, KS - On May 5, 2006, a thirteen-year-old girl was reported as having run away from her school bus stop in Olathe (Johnson County), KS. A Child Is Missing was contacted by Deputy Gray of the Johnson County SO, who reported a full description of the missing girl to be broadcast to the community in the hope that a neighbor might have information leading to the recovery of the missing girl. A Child Is Missing alerted over 1600 homes and businesses in the region surrounding area of where the girl was last seen. Johnson County SO received one call from a particular resident that provided a direction of travel and updated location of the child. As a result, officers then quickly recovered the child in good condition, and on foot several miles from her initial runaway location.

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