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Location: Van Buren, AR

Children - Recovered: Saturday, March 22, 2014

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

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Location: Fayetteville, AR

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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

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Location: Rogers, AR

Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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Rogers, Arkansas (Benton County) Police Department A 76 year old man went missing in Rogers, Arkansas and Police there utilized the Alert Program of A Child Is Missing to assist in their search. The man had last been seen at 11:00am on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 and Rogers Police believed he was in need of medical attention, as he had not been seen in several hours and concern for his safety was growing. According to the follow-up received from the department, after more than 4,200 alert calls were placed to the area in question, the man was found safe later that day by the Highway Police in Little Rock, after a tip was received from a recipient of the alert call.

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Location: Hot Springs, AR

Children - Recovered: Thursday, January 3, 2013

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Garland County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office The afternoon of Thursday, January 3, 2012, Deputy Fisher activated A Child Is Missing Alert on behalf of The Garland County Sheriff’s Office. An 11 year old girl had been reported missing from her home in Hot Springs National Park. Nearly 700 telephone alert calls were sent to the area around the girl’s home asking residents to check their own property and to call The Sheriff’s Office with any information on her whereabouts. In response a tip was received a short time later that assisted deputies in locating the girl safe a short time later at a residence about 1 mile away from her home.

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Location: Warren, AR

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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Warren, Arkansas (Bradley County) Police Department Wednesday, November 21, 2012, Patrolman DeLassus activated A Child Is Missing Alert, a first for his agency. A 15 year old boy had not been seen since the previous day when he was spotted on camera leaving his school. Over 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent surrounding both the boy’s school and his residence, asking anyone with information about the boy to contact Police. In response, 12 residents contacted Police. With information from those calls, Police were able to locate the boy a short time later at a friend’s home. The search was called off and the boy was returned home, safe.

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Location: Leachville, AR

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Leachville, Arkansas (Mississippi County) Police Department The morning of July 26, 2012, Communications Officer James activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist the Leachville Police in their search for an 89 year old man with dementia. The man had not been seen in several hours and concern for his safety was growing. Upon activation, over 400 telephone alert calls were sent out covering the rural area where the man was last seen, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, two tips were called in that assisted Police in locating the man a short time later about a quarter of a mile away.

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Location: Hot Springs, AR

Children - Recovered: Thursday, July 5, 2012

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Garland County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office The afternoon of Thursday, July 5, 2012, Dispatcher Natasha called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. Corporal Hawthorn was leading the search for two missing girls, aged 13 and 14 that been reported missing from Hot Springs National Park. Upon activation, over 1,100 telephone alert calls were sent to the area where the girls were last seen, asking anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Office. In response, 4 tips were received that helped deputies locate the girls safe about two tenths of a mile away.

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Location: Hot Springs, AR

Children - Recovered: Monday, June 18, 2012

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Garland County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office “Thank you for your help in widening the search to 13 miles and all your help informing area residents that helped in the search,” wrote Deputy Phillip Fisher after activating A Child Is Missing Alert on Monday, June 18, 2012. A 12 year old boy was reported missing that morning from his home in Hot Springs Village. A Child Is Missing placed over 500 telephone alert calls to area residents, giving the boy’s description and asking them to contact The Sheriff’s Office with any information. Tips from the alert calls and area searchers helped Police locate the boy safe that evening about 10 miles away from his home.

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Location: Paragould, AR

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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Paragould, Arkansas (Greene County) Police Department The morning of Tuesday, February 28, 2012, Lieutenant Williams was leading the search for two missing girls, ages 14 and 16. They had last been seen at their high school the previous afternoon and concern for their safety was growing. A Child Is Missing Alert was activated to assist and nearly 1,500 telephone alert calls were placed surrounding the high school and an address 11 miles away in Marmaduke, where it was believed the girls could be headed. In response, several tips came in which helped Police to find both girls safe later that day.

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Location: West Memphis, AR

Children - Recovered: Sunday, February 12, 2012

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West Memphis, Arkansas (Crittenden County) Police Department The evening of Sunday, February 12, 2012, Officer Bracey activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency in their search for a 15 year old boy. The boy had not been seen since the previous afternoon and while he normally played and socialized in the neighborhood, it was unusual for him not to return home by dark. Over 1,400 telephone alert calls were sent to the area where the boy was last seen. One of those calls went to the house where the boy was at, and upon hearing of the alert, the boy returned home, ending the search.

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Location: Hot Springs, AR

Children - Recovered: Thursday, October 6, 2011

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Garland County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office Thursday, October 6, 2011, late in the evening, a 9 year old boy was reported missing from his home in Hot Springs National Park. Detective Cannon initiated A Child Is Missing Alert, and more than 600 telephone calls went out to residents within a 2 mile radius of the boy’s home. The alert gave the Sherriff’s office phone number and asked residents to check their own property and to be on the lookout for boy. According to the follow-up report received by ACIM, “A Child Is Missing worked great. Child was located in a storage shed due to calls being placed to the neighbors.” This case marked The Garland County Sheriff’s Office 7th Safe Assisted Recovery.

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Location: Paragould, AR

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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Paragould, Arkansas (Greene County) Police Department Tuesday, June 21, 2011, a 16 year old girl was reported missing by her family in Paragould. She had last been seen thirteen days prior with her boyfriend riding in his car. Lieutenant Williams activated A Child Is Missing Alert to augment his agency’s search and more than 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the community, giving the girl’s description and a description of the vehicle and asking anyone with information to contact Police. According to the follow-up from the department, the girl was found the next day, approximately 5 miles away, after a tip was received from a recipient of the alert call.

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Location: Pine Bluff, AR

Children - Recovered: Monday, April 11, 2011

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Jefferson County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office Friday, April 8, 2011, Investigator Randy Jackson contacted A Child Is Missing to assist his agency in finding a 15 year old girl missing from her residence in Pine Bluff. Although there was no clothing description known, an alert message with the girl’s name and general description was crafted in hopes that someone in the area may have information on her whereabouts. Nearly 800 alert calls were sent, asking anyone that may have seen her to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Finally, Monday morning, the agency received a call from a resident that had received the alert and was able to provide information that led Police to the girl. She was located safe, approximately 50 miles from where she had gone missing.

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Location: Hot Springs, AR

Children - Recovered: Thursday, April 7, 2011

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Garland County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office Thursday, April 7, 2011, a six year old boy was found wandering on Boardwalk Lane in Piney and the Sheriff’s Office was charged with finding his parents. Sergeant Martineau activated A Child Is Missing Alert, and over 1,000 alert calls were placed to the community, asking anyone with information about the boy to contact Police. In response, 10 calls from the community were received, enabling deputies to locate the boy’s mother. Total time from call initiation to resolution was 20 minutes, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Hot Springs, AR

- Recovered: Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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Garland County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, January 18, 2011, an 11 year old girl riding a small purple bike went missing in Pearcy, Arkansas and the Garland County Sheriff’s Office was searching for her. Sergeant Williams called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert and nearly 1,100 phone calls went to the area where she was last seen and 15 calls with information from the public were generated as a result. A resident approximately 2 miles from where the girl went missing called and stated a girl matching the description in the alert was right outside their house. Deputies responded and found her in good condition, according to a follow-up from Lieutenant Chapman.

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Location: Osceola, AR

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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Osceola, Arkansas (Mississippi County) Police Department The evening of Tuesday, November 2, 2010, a 14 year old girl was reported missing by her family after she did not come home from school. Sergeant Reynolds activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his search. More than 1,300 alert calls went to residents and businesses surrounding the school where she was last seen, asking anyone who had seen her to call Police. One of the alert calls went to a home where the missing girl was at. Upon receiving the alert call, the parents of the friend the girl was visiting contacted Police and sent the missing girl home. Total time from activation to safe recovery was approximately one half hour, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Sherwood, AR

Child - Recovered: Thursday, January 21, 2010

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When a 2 month old was abducted by her babysitter on January 21, 2010, the Sherwood Police department began to search for her and utilized every tool at their disposal including A Child is Missing Alert. Nearly 4,000 alert calls were launched surrounding the area where the infant was last seen with her babysitter. Those alert calls included a description of the vehicle the babysitter was believed to be traveling in with the infant. One of the recipients of those alert calls spotted the vehicle abandoned on the side of the road and notified the Police. In turn, more alert calls were placed surrounding the new location of the abandoned vehicle. As a result, the infant was located safe and reunited with her mother.

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Location: Van Buren, AR

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Van Buren, Arkansas (Crawford County) Police Department After A Child Is Missing placed more than 2,600 alert calls in Van Buren, Arkansas, “a number of residents who were called, came out to assist in the search,” a Police official said. This came after the Van Buren Police activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program on November 24, 2009 to assist the agency’s search for a seven year old boy who had gone missing at 4:30pm that day. As a result of the more than 100 calls to Police, and people helping in the search, generated by A Child Is Missing, the boy was located safe at approximately 7:00pm.

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Location: Ft Smith, AR

Children - Recovered: Saturday, September 5, 2009

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Fort Smith, Arkansas (Sebastian County) Police Department When a 12 year old boy went missing in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the Fort Smith Police Department called A Child Is Missing seeking assistance in the search for the boy. He had last been seen in the 4400 block of Howell Avenue in Fort Smith at approximately 4:00pm on September 4, 2009. After the boy’s disappearance was reported to Police, the alert calls were placed to the community first thing the next morning. With more than 5,000 alert calls in all, Fort Smith Police received two calls with tips on the boy’s whereabouts. That information led to his safe recovery at noon on September 5th approximately two miles from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Greenland, AR

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Greenland, Arkansas (Washington County) Police Department A 71 year old woman went missing in Greenland, Arkansas and Police there utilized the Alert Program of A Child Is Missing to assist their search. The woman had last been seen at 2:00am on Thursday, June 18, 2009 and Greenland Police believed she was in need of medical attention. After more than 1,100 alert calls were placed to the area in question, Greenland Police “received several calls, one of which allowed us to sent a team to the area she was located in,” said Chief of Police Gary Ricker.

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Location: Marion, AR

Children - Recovered: Saturday, January 31, 2009

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On January 31, 2009 the Perry County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program for assistance in their search for a missing 14 year old girl. The Girl had gone missing the previous day. After alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the Mountain Village Estate in Bigelow, Arkansas, the missing girl became aware of the search for her. That prompted her to phone her mother and tell her where she had been hiding—approximately 10 miles from where she had last been seen.

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Location: Sherwood, AR

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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Sherwood, AR (Pulaski County) Police Department - On September 9, 2008 the Sherwood, Arkansas Police Department began searching for a 10 year old girl who had gone missing at approximately 7:30 that morning. The alert calls initiated by A Child Is Missing were launched in the area surrounding the 1000 block of Silver Creek where the child had last been seen. One of the recipients of the alert call saw the missing girl riding her bike and ultimately she was reunited with her family.

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Location: Hot Springs, AR

Children - Recovered: Thursday, June 26, 2008

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When a 14 year old boy went to a neighbor’s house at 4:00 in the afternoon on June 26, 2008 without telling his parents, circumstances led to their concern for his safety after 8:00pm. The Garland County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office responded and activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program for assistance. Approximately 844 alert calls were placed in the area of Hot Springs—one of which was received by the neighbor which the boy was visiting. The neighbor called the boy’s parents and the family was reunited.

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Location: West Memphis, AR

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, May 20, 2008

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May 20, 2008- After A Child Is Missing placed nearly 4,000 alert calls to the areas surrounding the 2100 block of East Barton Avenue and the 1900 block of South McAuley Drive in West Memphis, Arkansas, numerous calls were made to Police from concerned citizens. A 12 year old girl had gone missing the previous day, was still missing, and Police were conducting an exhaustive search. With the heightened awareness in the community due to the A Child Is Missing alert calls, some residents were even calling the child’s family. One of those calls led Police to the child’s location and her safe return to her guardian.

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Location: Hot Springs, AR

Missing Child - Recovered: Monday, October 29, 2007

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Hot Springs National Park, AR (Garland County) - “This is an extremely helpful and beneficial program,” Corporal David Martineau of Garland County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office said of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. This after a citizen alerted by a call from A Child Is Missing located a missing seven-year-old boy on October 29, 2007. The child, in need of insulin, was safely located at a daycare facility by one of its workers who had received the alert calls

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Location: Springdale, AR

Children - Recovered: Sunday, July 8, 2007

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Only one call from the public to law enforcement resulted from the nearly 5,000 alert calls launched regarding a missing 10 year old boy in Springdale, Arkansas on July 8, 2007—but that one call led to the boys safe recovery. Springdale Police Detective Hignite activated the Alert Program to assist his agencies search and, approximately two hours after the boy was reported missing, the boy was located at a Springdale department store.

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Location: Hot Springs, AR

Missing Child - Recovered: Tuesday, June 19, 2007

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Hot Springs, AR (Garland) – Garland County, Arkansas Sheriff Deputy Mike Wright was involved in a search for a missing 13 year old who had last been seen on a blue Honda four wheeler in Little Rock on June 19, 2007. Deputy Wright engaged A Child Is Missing by activating the Alert Program as darkness fell on a search that had been underway for several hours. Though the search area was remote, one of the people who received an alert call from A Child Is Missing located the missing boy who was safely recovered the following morning.

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Location: Monticello, AR

Missing Child - Recovered: Thursday, November 9, 2006

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Monticello, AR – On Thursday, November 9, 2006, the Monticello Police Department began a search for a 13 year-old boy in a dangerous situation who had gone missing from his home—a search that ended with a response to one of the hundreds of automated phone calls that had been placed to the area adjacent to his home by the A Child Is Missing alert program. Upon taking the report, Detective Eddy Deaton called the toll free number for the A Child Is Missing alert program, provided key information to the technician, and, shortly after, the region where he was last seen area was ringing with calls requesting those in the area to check their yards and complexes for the missing child. Police received approximately 50 calls including one that led police to the complex where the boy went unbeknownst to the parent. Quote from Det. Deaton: “Great Program! Keep Up The Good Work!”

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Location: Huntsville, AR

Missing Child - Recovered: Monday, May 15, 2006

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Huntsville, AR - On May 15, 2006, a 6-year-old boy was reported missing from his home in Huntsville (Madison County), AR. Madison Co SO contacted a Child Is Missing with information regarding the child's absence, a description of the boy and the region. 458 calls were placed in the vicinity of the child's last known location, asking for citizens to be aware that this child is missing and to look over their property for him. Of the 145 responders, one call led to his recovery due to a neighbor recalling a past, similar incident regarding the child's prior history of running off. The tip regarding the child's hiding place was confirmed and he was returned home safely shortly after the neighbor contacted the police. Capt Robert Boyd, officer in charge of the case was quoted as saying "I would like to thank you for your efforts: the case was resolved and the child safely recovered!"

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Location: Hope, AR

Missing Disabled - Recovered: Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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Hope, AR - On March 22, 2006, a woman diagnosed with depression and dementia was reported as missing from her residence in Hope (Hempshad County) Arkansas. Chief JR Wilson of the Hope PD contacted A Child Is Missing and reported a complete description of the missing woman to be used as part of the neighborhood notification alert. A Child Is Missing notified over 600 residences and businesses in the area by telephone, and of the approximately fifteen responders, one call provided the essential information that led to a safe recovery of the missing woman, approximately forty-five minutes after the person was initially reported

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Location: Hot Springs, AR

Missing Child - Recovered: Wednesday, February 1, 2006

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Hot Springs, AR – On February 1, 2006, a thirteen-year-old boy with autism was reported missing in the evening. The weather was dangerously cold, and it was growing dark outside in a rural area of Hot Springs (Garland County), Arkansas. Corporal Bill House of the Garland County SO contacted A Child Is Missing, and reported a full description of the missing child to be broadcast in the hope that a neighbor might have information leading to the recovery of the missing boy. A Child Is Missing alerted 117 homes in the region surrounding where the child was last seen. The Natick PD received over 30 calls from people in the region, including one found the child a mile and a half north of where he had gone missing, and was able to get the child back where he belonged, safe and sound. Corporal House noted “53 people who received your calls showed up to assist in the search”

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Location: Bald Knob, AR

Missing Child - Recovered: Monday, October 10, 2005

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Baldknob, AR – On Oct 10, 2005, a seven-year-old boy was considered missing from his home in Baldknob (White county), Arkansas. The guardian contacted the Baldknob PD looking for assistance, and in turn Officer Tim Sanford called A Child Is Missing. Officer Sanford gave a full description of the missing child to ACIM for telephone broadcast. A Child is Missing alerted 814 homes in the region where the child was last seen, and Baldknob PD received approximately 100 calls back to communications, including a resident who advised the police that the boy was seen playing basketball at the nearby school. As a result, the child was back home within 70 minutes of the alert calls being placed. Officer Tom Stanford was quoted as saying “This system is wonderful. Our Citizens are very excited and willing to help. Thanks.”

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Location: Monticello, AR

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, September 23, 2005

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Monticello, AR - On September 23, 2005, a 12-year old girl disappeared from her mother’s house in the city of Monticello (Drew County), Arkansas. The mother waited several hours for her return -and when that didn’t happen she called the police for help. After evaluating the situation, a communications officer from the Monticello PD contacted A Child Is Missing and reported a full description to be distributed via telephone in search of a recovery, centered on the address of the house where she was last seen. A Child Is Missing placed 1308 alert calls in the surrounding area. The Monticello Police received over two hundred and fifty from respondent calls from residents, one of which stated that they’d seen her and gave a rough location. The child was located a short time later at her non-custodial father’s house (which also received the alert call). The father called the police and said that she had just shown up at his door. As a result of the alert, she was returned home safely in about ninety minutes. Carlos Garcia of the Monticello PD was quoted as saying “A very good program, thanks!”

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