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Location: W. Greenwich, RI

Children - Recovered: Monday, October 22, 2012

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West Greenwich, Rhode Island (Kent County) Police Department The afternoon of October 22, 2012, Chief Richard Ramsay called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 16 year old boy with Asperger’s was last seen when he left for school and it was determined that he did not make it to the school that day. Nearly 400 telephone alert calls were sent to the rural area surrounding the boy’s neighborhood. A woman that received the alert checked her property and discovered the boy in her driveway. The boy had attempted to walk to school after he missed his bus that morning. Total time from activation to safe recovery was under half an hour.

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Location: Woonsocket, RI

Children - Recovered: Friday, August 27, 2010

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Woonsocket, Rhode Island (Providence County) Police Department Thursday, August 26, 2010, a 7 year old boy was discovered missing by his mother on Coe Street in Woonsocket. His mother immediately panicked because just a few years ago, an 8 year old girl was kidnapped and strangled to death not a half mile away. Although her killer is serving a life sentence, her son’s disappearance immediately brought back those memories. Sergeant Ryan led the search, and immediately activated A Child Is Missing and more than 2,200 alert calls were placed. In response, Police received numerous calls from the public asking to volunteer in the search effort. These volunteers, along with Police from neighboring agencies set up a command center and search teams began searching. The community continued to come out and offer support, as so many remembered the tragedy involving the 8 year old girl. A volunteer team found the boy early the next morning safe, approximately 12 hours after he disappeared. Police believe he was afraid to come home because he left the house without permission. He appeared to be unharmed but was taken to the hospital for a checkup.

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Location: N. Smithfield, RI

Other - Recovered: Thursday, August 2, 2007

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North Smithfield, RI (Providence County) – August 2, 2007, The North Smithfield P.D. contacted A Child Is Missing after being alerted that a five year old child had gone missing at 8:15 a.m. and was with an older man in a vehicle. ACIM launched 1,257 Alert Calls to area residents and businesses. One resident hearing the message stated that her neighbor matched the description of the older man as well as his vehicle. The result was that the male subject was babysitting his grandson and there was no foul play involved. Detective Titov of the NSPD “… Gave extreme thanks to Derejre Vazquez (ACIM) for helping us during this incident. We were unsure if this was a child abduction or a case of a parent/child situation – We are happy to say it was the latter – Miss Vazquez took control and had the calls put out …. and was extremely professional Your organization took charge and helped us to get to the bottom of the situation – without you we would have still been looking for this child. Thank you.”

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Location: Westerly, RI

Missing Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, November 29, 2005

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Westerly, Washington County, RI – Westerly Police Department - A 50-year-old mentally disabled man from Mystic, CT had been dropped off at the Westerly Hospital for an appointment. After he failed to show up for the appointment, hospital staff searched the building and grounds for him to no avail. They notified police who placed the call to A Child Is Missing. Over 7000 calls were placed to the neighborhoods surrounding the hospital. A woman, who retrieved the message from her answering machine, recalled seeing a man fitting his description on her way home. She contacted the police and relayed the information. After a few minutes on hold, the police told her they had found him. He was almost a mile from the hospital.

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Location: Westerly, RI

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, June 24, 2004

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Westerly, RI (Washington County) – Westerly Police Department - On the morning of June 24th, 2004 a 92-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer's took his dog for a walk in Westerly, Rhode Island. The dog returned home shortly afterward, but the man did not. Lieutenant Toscano with the Westerly Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing to report the missing man immediately after his disappearance. A Child Is Missing placed 273 calls within a 1-mile radius. A resident who received our telephone alert call gave the search team a location where the subject was seen. He was located in that area a short time later, where he had fallen and was unable to get back up. Lieutenant Toscano was quoted as saying "Thanks to A Child Is Missing, the subject was located with information from a person who was called. This saved much time in the search and was very useful".

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Location: Warwick, RI

Missing Child - Recovered: Thursday, November 13, 2003

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Warwick, Kent County, RI – Warwick Police Department – On November 13th, 2003 three girls were reported missing at 4:30pm. They were last seen at a football game. ACIM was activated. The officer on duty reported that the alert calls resulted in the following, “Three residents gave descriptions matching the three missing girls and locations observed. The girls were located the following morning. [This is a] great resource for Police. Your notification clearly aided in the investigation. Thanks, on behalf of the parents.”

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Location: Cranston, RI

Missing Child - Recovered: Monday, July 1, 2002

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Cranston, Providence County, RI – Cranston Police Department - ACIM received a request to assist in the search for a 13-year-old girl who had run away. ACIM sent out nearly 700 calls to the area. One resident reported that she had seen the girl on the day she ran away. The girl was found the next day at a friend’s home.

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Location: Woonsocket, RI

Missing Disabled - Recovered: Monday, April 1, 2002

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Providence County, RI – Woonsocket Police Department - A 49-year-old woman with short-term memory loss due to an aneurysm was reported missing. ACIM generated over 2,000 calls to the vicinity. After receiving the recorded phone message, a young girl called her mother at work and told her that the missing person described had spoken with her at approximately 2:15 p.m. The mother called the police department at the number provided in the message, which lead to the recovery of the woman at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the neighborhood where she had been seen by the girl.

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Location: W. Warwick, RI

Missing Child - Recovered: Monday, April 1, 2002

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Kent County, RI – West Warwick Police Department - A 9-year-old boy got on a bus alone at about 3:30 p.m. Police called ACIM to report the missing boy, giving details including his description and last seen location. ACIM placed over 1,800 calls to the area, resulting in several calls to the police department with leads. One of the leads eventually led to the recovery of the boy who was located at 6:41 p.m. approximately one mile from home.

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