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Location: Leesburg, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, May 31, 2014

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Leesburg, Florida Police Department (Lake County) Friday, May 2, 2014, Communications Officer Sara called A Child Is Missing to activate The Alert. A 74 year old woman reported to have heart problems and dementia was missing from her residence in Leesburg. A Child Is Missing sent over 1,000 telephone alert calls to the area asking anyone with information to contact Police. It wasn’t until May 31st, nearly a month later that a citizen recognized the woman at Wal-Mart and called Police, bringing the search to an end.

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Location: Sweetwater, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Sweetwater, Florida Police Department (Miami-Dade County) On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, a 59 year old man reported to have dementia went missing in Sweetwater, Florida at 2:00pm. A Child Is Missing was activated by Officer Parrish and over 400 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the man’s home. In response the agency received calls from the public which assisted them in locating the man safe later that night.

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Location: DeLand, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Wednesday, May 07, 2014

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Volusia County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “The Alert assisted Volusia County Sheriff by notifying the local populous who provide sightings of the missing person which directly resulted in his whereabouts being revealed to law enforcement. Great Job!” Investigator Chuck Lee wrote this to A Child Is Missing after he activated The Alert on May 7, 2014. He was leading the search for a 39 year old man reported to have diminished mental ability that had not been in over 24 hours. A Child Is Missing placed over 6,000 telephone alert calls covering two addresses of interest which assisted deputies in finding the man safe that night about 10 miles away.

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Location: DeLand, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Friday, May 02, 2014

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Volusia County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “People in the neighborhood flagged down deputies advising the location they had last seen the missing person,” wrote Investigator Elmazi after he activated A Child Is Missing on Friday, May 2, 2014. A 51 year old woman reported to have diminished mental capacity went missing from her home in Deltona. A Child Is Missing Alert placed over 2,000 telephone alert calls asking anyone with information to contact Police. Information gleaned as a result assisted deputies in locating the woman safe about 2 miles away.

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Location: Tallahassee, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Sunday, April 06, 2014

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

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Location: Parkland, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, April 03, 2014

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

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Location: Pembroke Pines, FL

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Pembroke Pines, Florida Police Department (Broward County) Tuesday, March 25, 2014, a 15 year old girl was reported missing from her home in Pembroke Pines. The girl had become upset earlier in the day with her Mother, had packed a bag and run off. After checking all known areas where the girl could possibly be, Pembroke Pines Police were trying additional methods, and A Child Is Missing was contacted to assist in the search. Officer Koenig activated A Child Is Missing Alert Program and over 4,200 telephone alert calls were sent to the community surrounding the girl’s residence. Within minutes, the telephones of neighbors and businesses surrounding the missing girl’s home were ringing, asking anyone who had seen the girl or knew of her whereabouts to contact Police. “The missing person (MP) was located by an officer in the area of 18200 Pines Boulevard. However, our Agency did receive notification that residents in the area who had received the calls would be out looking for the MP in the area,” stated Detective Rairden in a follow up from the department. Total time from activation to safe recovery was a little over one (1) hour, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Coral Springs, FL

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Coral Springs, Florida (Broward County) Police Department The Coral Springs, Florida Police Department activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 regarding a seven year old boy who had last been seen at approximately 2:00pm that day. Coral Springs Police had activated the Alert Program quickly and more than 1,600 alert calls were placed on their behalf by A Child Is Missing by 2:30pm. As a result of information generated by those alert calls, the boy was safely located at 2:49pm less than a mile from where he had last been seen. The use of ACIM helped bring this case to a quick resolution, saving law enforcement time and resources, and quickly reuniting this family.

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Location: Punta Gorda, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Charlotte County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “Thank you. We could not have done it without your help. She is safe at home,” wrote Communications Specialist Debra Scharble after activating A Child Is Missing on February 18, 2014. A 68 year old woman with Alzheimer’s had wandered away from her Port Charlotte home in the 21000 block of Higgs Drive. She was last seen at 10 a.m. by relatives. More than 6,300 telephone alert calls were sent within a one-mile radius of the area surrounding the woman’s home, giving her description and asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Over the next hour and a half, two more rounds of alert calls were placed, encompassing approximately 2.5 square miles. Finally, the exhaustive search ended at approximately 1:09 pm, a resident that had received the alert about the missing person, stated she had spotted a woman that matched the description sitting by the Seawall. The Police were called and the woman was located safe approximately one (1) mile from her home and later reunited with her relatives.

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Location: North Miami Beach, FL

Children - Recovered: Sunday, February 16, 2014

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North Miami Beach, Florida Police Department “Female citizen called into the station after receiving a call – advised she and her family were out looking for the child. (Very good system to use). Juvenile was located by a family member.” This was written by Dispatcher White regarding the assistance provided by A Child Is Missing after activating more than 3,000 alert calls in the early evening hours of Sunday, February 16, 2014 to assist her agency’s search for a 15 year old autistic boy who was reported missing by his brother. He had last been seen at the family’s residence sleeping, but when his brother woke up he found him missing. A family member of the missing boy safely located the boy five hours after he went missing; at a Walmart in Miami Gardens, some seven (7) miles away from his home.

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Location: Naples, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Monday, December 02, 2013

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Collier County, Florida Sheriff’s Office On Sunday, December 1, 2013, Detective Pilarski of the Collier County, Florida Sheriff’s Office called A Child Is Missing regarding a missing 80 year old man who had wandered off from his home and was in need of medical attention. After providing descriptive information about the man to the A Child Is Missing Recovery Specialist, more than 2,700 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 400 block of Dockside Drive in Naples, Florida where the man had last been seen. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office received numerous phone calls from the public with information about the man and the next day, the search was called off after he was located safe in brush approximately 500 ft. from his home.

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Location: Boynton Beach, FL

Children - Recovered: Monday, December 02, 2013

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Boynton Beach, Florida Police Department (Palm Beach County) On December 2, 2013, a 14 year old boy went missing. Officer James activated A Child Is Missing to assist their agency’s search. More than 2,600 telephone alert calls were sent to the area where the juvenile was last seen, asking residents to contact the Boynton Beach Police Department (BBPD) with any sightings of the juvenile. In response, “a resident who had received the alert call and remembered the “red sneakers” made contact, identified him and notified BBPD as to his location, just 3 miles away from his last seen location. The juvenile was returned home,” per Officer James.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Children - Recovered: Monday, November 11, 2013

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Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff’s Office (Duvall County) Thursday, November 7, 2013, an 11 year old boy ran away from home in Jacksonville, Florida. Detective Villanueva activated A Child Is Missing Alert and more than 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home. Over the course of the next few days, the search for the boy continued and the Alert produced tips from the community. The tips led Police to a Park about a mile away where the boy was hiding. He was located at the Park the afternoon of November 11, 2013.

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Location: Sebring, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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Highlands County, Florida Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Detective Kelly called A Child Is Missing to activate The Alert. An elderly woman was found wandering in Sebring and did not know who she was or where she lived. A Child Is Missing placed over 1,100 telephone alert calls to the area she was located, giving the woman’s description and asking anyone with information about her to call The Sheriff’s Office. In response, the agency received several tips which assisted them in locating the woman’s residence about a mile away.

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Location: Tallahassee, FL

Children - Recovered: Monday, October 14, 2013

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Tallahassee, Florida Police Department (Leon County) “The pressure of the calls made the missing girl go home,” wrote Investigator Angulo after he activated A Child Is Missing Alert on October 13, 2013. The girl was a 13 year old that had reportedly harmed herself after a disagreement with her parents before running away that evening. More than 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses around the girl’s home. She returned home on her own the next morning.

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Location: West Palm Beach, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Palm Beach County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “People started coming out of their homes and assisting with the search. Two callers provided information,” wrote Corporal James Moss after he activated A Child Is Missing Alert on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. An 82 year old man suffering from Alzheimer’s was missing from his home in West Palm Beach. Upon activation nearly 1,800 telephone alert calls were sent to the area asking anyone with information to call The Sheriff’s Office. The tips assisted deputies in locating the man safe a little over a mile away.

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Location: Sarasota, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Friday, September 06, 2013

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Sarasota, Florida Police Department (Sarasota County) Friday, September 6, 2013, Communications Supervisor Eileen activated A Child Is Missing Alert. A 49 year old man had gone missing from a local hospital while he was receiving treatment and there was concern for his safety. Nearly 1,800 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the address where he was last seen asking anyone with information to contact Police. Tips received as a result of the alert assisted Police in locating the man safe at an address about 1/2 miles away.

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Location: Tampa, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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Tampa, Florida Police Department (Hillsborough County) Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Communications Tech Yariela Rodriguez activated A Child Is Missing Alert. A 71 year old man suffering from dementia and diabetes was missing from his home in Tampa. A Child Is Missing sent over 1,500 telephone alert calls to residents and businesses around the man’s home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, the agency received 2 tips which assisted them in locating the man safe about 1 mile away.

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Location: Punta Gorda, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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Charlotte County, Florida Sheriff’s Office – “Family member of caller who found missing person was aware of the alert and contacted the Sheriff’s Office as a result,” wrote Communications Supervisor Turner after Deputy Orr activated A Child Is Missing Alert on July 9, 2012. An 80 year old woman with dementia was missing from her home in Englewood and had not been seen for several hours. Nearly 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to the area and resulting tip enabled deputies to locate the woman safe about an hour later.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff’s Office (Duvall County) Wednesday, May 22, 2013, a 9 year old boy was reported missing from his home in Jacksonville. Detective Nagle activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist and nearly 600 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home. The boy had been hiding from Police in a neighbors bushes and when the neighbor received the alert he looked outside and noticed the boy which led to his safe recovery.

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Location: Pembroke Pines, FL

Children - Recovered: Sunday, May 12, 2013

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Pembroke Pines, Florida Police Department (Broward County) Sunday, May 12, 2013, Officer Inman activated A Child Is Missing Alert. A girl of approximately 10 years was found by herself near a busy intersection that morning and did not know her name or where she lived. Officers believed that she may have autism. A Child Is Missing placed over 1,000 telephone alert calls to the area where the girl was found giving her general description and asking anyone with information about her to contact Police. A short time later the girl’s neighbor called and was able to help Police return the girl to her home safe.

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Location: Punta Gorda, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Friday, April 19, 2013

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Charlotte County, Florida Sheriff’s Office – In the early morning on Friday, April 19, 2013, Communications Supervisor Carolyn Turner activated A Child Is Missing Alert. Lieutenant Ken Roguska was leading his agency’s search for a missing 18 year old boy reported to have a diminished mental capacity. A Child Is Missing placed over 1,600 telephone alert calls to the search area which yielded 5 tips. The information assisted deputies in locating the boy safe about 7 miles away at a homeless shelter.

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Location: Ocala, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Friday, April 05, 2013

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Marion County, Florida Sheriff’s Office Friday, April 5, 2013, Communications Supervisor Angel called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 53 year old man reported to have the mental capacity of a 13 year old was missing from his home in Marion Oaks. In an effort to assist the agency, ACIM placed more than 1,500 alert telephone calls to the community. According to the case follow-up report sent to ACIM, a tip received as a result of the alert assisted deputies in locating the man safe a short time later about 1 mile away.

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Location: Orlando, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Orlando, Florida Police Department (Orange County) Wednesday, March 20, 2013, Corporal Wongshoe called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 66 year old woman reportedly suffering from dementia was missing from her home. A Child Is Missing placed nearly 900 telephone alert calls to the search area which resulted in 1 tip. That tip assisted officers in locating the woman safe a little over 1 mile away.

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Location: Sarasota, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Sarasota County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “Subject located, numerous residents came out and assisted with search,” wrote Sergeant Varley. This after he activated A Child Is Missing Alert on March 20, 2013. A 77 year old man reported to suffer from dementia and diabetes was missing from his home. More than 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to the area which assisted deputies in locating him safe about 2 miles away.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff’s Office (Duvall County) “Your assistance in making these calls was helpful in locating the victim,” wrote Detective Villanueva after he activated the Alert on March 12, 2013. A 9 year old boy had been reported missing from his home in Jacksonville. Over 1,100 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding his home which assisted deputies in locating the boy safe a short time later.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, March 05, 2013

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Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff’s Office(Duvall County) Tuesday, March 6, 2013, Detective Porter called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 66 year old woman thought to be in need of medical attention was reported missing from a nursing home in Jacksonville. Nearly 500 telephone alert calls were sent to the area and in response a tip was received that assisted deputies in locating the woman safe that night about 70 miles away.

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Location: Boynton Beach, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Boynton Beach, Florida Police Department (Palm Beach County) February 27, 2013 a 69 year old man went missing from an assisted living facility in Boynton Beach. Officer McCoy activated A Child Is Missing to assist her agency’s search. More than 1,800 telephone alert calls were sent to the area, asking residents to contact Police with any sightings of the man. In response, two tips were called in which assisted Police in locating the man safe 5 miles away.

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Location: Sunrise, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Monday, February 25, 2013

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Sunrise, Florida Police Department (Broward County) Monday, February 25, 2013, Officer Calise activated A Child Is Missing Alert. A 72 year old woman with dementia was reported missing from her home. She had not been seen since about 8am that morning. It was nearing 6pm and concern for her safety was growing. Approximately 1,600 telephone alert calls were sent to the area by A Child Is Missing. Tips received as a result of the alert assisted Police in locating the woman safe a short time later about 5 miles away.

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Location: Ft Myers, FL

Children - Recovered: Monday, February 18, 2013

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Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “Thank you for your assistance with this case. The use of your program is a great benefit to agencies to help us get the word out to help locate our missing persons.” This was written by Dispatch Commander Erik Knight after he activated A Child Is Missing Alert on February 18, 2013. A 16 year old boy reported to have the mental capacity of a 5 year old was missing from his home in Lehigh Acres. There was additional concern for the boy’s safety because there were several canals and waterways near the home. Nearly 300 telephone alert calls were sent to the area, assisting deputies in locating the boy safe about 1.5 miles away.

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Location: Pensacola, FL

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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Escambia County, Florida Sheriff’s Office – “Alert was successful in reaching area where child was located. Great response from community,” wrote Missing Persons Secretary Tiki Foster after she activated A Child Is Missing Alert on February 13, 2013. A 9 year old boy had attempted to walk home from school in the rain at about 2:45pm and it had been a few hours since he had been seen. More than 1,600 telephone alert calls were placed surrounding both the boy’s school and his home which assisted deputies in locating him safe about a half mile away.

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Location: Naples, FL

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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Collier County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “Agency received a number of calls about the missing child’s location,” wrote Sergeant Ken Becker after The Collier County Sheriff’s Office activated A Child Is Missing Alert on January 15, 2013. The child was an 8 year old boy reported missing from Naples. A Child Is Missing placed over 1,100 telephone alert calls which assisted deputies in locating him safe about 2 miles away.

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Location: Naples, FL

Amber Alert - Recovered: Monday, January 14, 2013

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Collier County, Florida Sheriff’s Office - Amber Alert Sunday, January 13, 2013, a two year old girl was reported missing by her family late that night. She had last been seen at the family’s residence in Immokalee when her parents put her to bed that evening. Her parents then found her missing and her bedroom window open. An Amber Alert was issued and Sergeant Patrick Lawson activated A Child Is Missing Alert to begin placing telephone alert calls. Special Agent Tracy Maurer called A Child Is Missing as well to activate the region’s CART (Child Abduction Response Team.) The child was located safe Monday Morning by CART team searchers.

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Location: Punta Gorda, FL

Silver Alert - Recovered: Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Charlotte County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “A caller noticed the woman’s car at the Bob Evans after getting the Alert,” wrote Communications Supervisor Shipman after activating A Child Is Missing on January 10, 2013. A 76 year old woman with Alzheimer’s had gone for a drive and hadn’t been seen in several hours. More than 1,100 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the woman’s home which gave her description as well as the description of her vehicle. The tip assisted deputies in locating the woman safe about 1 mile from her home.

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Location: Sarasota, FL

Children - Recovered: Sunday, January 06, 2013

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Sarasota, Florida Police Department (Sarasota County) Sunday, January 6, 2013, Dispatcher Ozsvath activated A Child Is Missing Alert. A 14 year old boy with autism was reported missing when he disappeared from his grandmother’s home. Nearly 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the address where he was last seen asking anyone with information to contact Police. Tips received as a result of the alert assisted Police in locating the boy safe at an address about 8 miles away.

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Location: Sebring, FL

Children - Recovered: Sunday, January 06, 2013

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Highlands County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “Within minutes of the calls going out, we received two calls giving us up to the minute information about the suspect’s location,” wrote Supervisor Heather Chapel. She activated A Child Is Missing Alert on Sunday, January 6, 2013 when a 1 year old girl was reported missing by her mother. A relative of the girl that did not have custody was believed to have taken the girl after arguing with the mother. Over 1,300 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the residence where the child was last seen. Tips from the alert assisted Police in locating both the child and relative safe at an intersection about 2 miles away.

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Location: Sebring, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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Sebring, Florida Police Department (Highlands County)- “Call received from citizen immediately following alert. Missing man was wet, cold, hungry and very disoriented. Thanks to this program, the man was able to return to his home safely.” This was written by Detective Milbrecht after she activated A Child Is Missing on December 26, 2012. The missing person was an 81 year old man suffering from dementia that had not been seen since the previous evening. Over 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent which helped to generate the tip which assisted Police in locating him in an alleyway about a mile from his home.

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Location: Sebring, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, December 14, 2012

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Highlands County, Florida Sheriff’s Office Friday, December 14, 2012, a 12 year old boy was reported missing from his home in Sebring. Detective Chris Carr activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his department’s search and nearly 700 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home. A neighbor that received the call and knew where the child was called in to report the child’s location. Deputies responded and located the child safe, about a half mile away from his home.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Children - Recovered: Saturday, December 01, 2012

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Jacksonville, Florida (Duvall County) Sheriff’s Office The night of November 30, 2012, a 16 year old boy was reported missing by his mother. There was concern for his safety because he was developmentally delayed and suffered from epileptic seizures which required medication. Upon activation, around 1,100 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home, asking anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Over the next couple of hours, Detective Villaneuva called back to expand the calling area and an additional 3,000 alert calls were sent. Tips from the alert calls helped Police locate the boy safe the next morning 6 miles away.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, November 30, 2012

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Jacksonville, Florida (Duvall County) Sheriff’s Office “Again your help was greatly appreciated in assisting us to locate this subject.” This was written by Detective Villanueva after an 11 year old boy was recovered safe on November 30, 2012. A Child Is Missing Alert sent over 1,000 telephone alert calls to the area surrounding the boy’s home. Tips from the alert assisted Police in locating the boy safe about 1 mile away.

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Location: Davie, FL

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Davie, Florida Police Department (Broward County) “One of the friends she was with got a call at home and the mother called us with the location,” wrote Detective Danner after his agency activated A Child Is Missing Alert on November 27, 2012. A 14 year old girl thought to be in need of medical attention was reported missing that afternoon when the girl’s mother received a call from her at an unknown number and a male’s voice told her to hang up and the line disconnected. The girl said she was near a church and gave an intersection before the call ended. A Child Is Missing Alert sent over 1,100 telephone alert calls to the area surrounding the intersection as well as calls near the girl’s home asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to call Police. The tip from the friend’s mother came in a short time later and Police located the girl safe, 15 miles away from her home.

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Location: Hialeah, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Hialeah, Florida (Miami-Dade County) Police Department The afternoon of Sunday, November 25, 2012, a 64 year old man reported to suffer from short term memory loss walked away from his home in Hialeah and still had not returned several hours later. Dispatcher Lopez activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist in the search for the man. Over 1,100 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the man’s home, asking residents to check their own property and to contact Police with information. In response a tip was received that assisted Police in locating the man safe, about 4.5 miles away.

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Location: Hialeah, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Thursday, November 08, 2012

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Hialeah, Florida (Miami-Dade County) Police Department “Thanks for your help in this matter. The child was found safely.” This was written by Dispatcher Paredes after activating A Child Is Missing Alert on November 8, 2012. A 19 year old girl with autism was missing from her home in Hialeah. Nearly 1,300 telephone alert calls were sent to the area by ACIM. In response, 5 tips were received which assisted the agency in locating the girl safe about a half an hour later.

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Location: Tallahassee, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Monday, October 22, 2012

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Leon County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The morning of October 22, 2012, Deputy Matthews activated A Child Is Missing Alert. A 69 year old man with schizophrenia was missing from his home in Tallahassee. Nearly 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the man’s home. A citizen that received the alert recognized the man when he knocked on their front door asking for directions. Deputies responded and the man was returned home, safe. Total time from activation to safe recovery was under an hour.

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Location: New Port Richey, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, October 06, 2012

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Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “A citizen who received the call located the elderly female and alerted a passing deputy. If she had not gotten the call she may have never stopped to check on the elderly missing female.” This was written by Deputy Musick after he activated A Child Is Missing Alert the early morning of Saturday, October 6, 2012. An 80 year old woman with Alzheimer’s had been missing overnight. ACIM placed over 1,500 telephone alert calls to the area surrounding the woman’s home. The woman was located less than a half hour later at an intersection about a half mile away.

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Location: Davie, FL

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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Davie, Florida Police Department (Broward County) The night of Monday, October 1, 2012, Officer Hones activated A Child Is Missing Alert. A 15 year old girl had been reported missing and there was special concern for her safety as she had made threats to harm herself. A Child Is Missing placed over 1,100 telephone alert calls to the area which brought forth calls with information. This information assisted Police in locating the girl safe the next morning about 5 miles away from her home.

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Location: Sarasota, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Sarasota, Florida Police Department (Sarasota County) The early morning of Tuesday, September 25, 2012, Lieutenant Kevin Stiff called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 76 year old man with Alzheimer’s and Diabetes was missing from his home and had not been seen since the previous evening. Upon activation nearly 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent to the area around the man’s home. A short time later a resident that received the alert called the Police department stating that the man had recently knocked on her door and stated he was looking for his wife. Police responded to the area and located the man standing on a street corner which was about a mile away from his home. He was transported safely back home to his family.

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Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Children - Recovered: Sunday, September 23, 2012

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Broward County) Police Department “We received several tips from your alert. Thanks for your help,” wrote Detective Wilson. This was after activating A Child Is Missing Alert on September 21, 2012 to assist the agency in locating a 16 year old girl. More than 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses which assisted Police in locating the girl safe on September 23rd.

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Location: Ocala, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Ocala, Florida (Marion County) Police Department The morning of Tuesday, September 18, 2012, Communications Supervisor Julie Pache called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. An 18 year old boy with autism was missing from his home in Ocala. The boy was known to be fascinated with trains and had wandered away before to look at nearby trains but he had not been seen since the previous evening and concern for his safety was growing. Upon activation, three areas of interest were given including a nearby train station, a nearby industrial park where several train tracks converge and the boy’s home. All three areas were included in the alert and nearly 2,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the public. The boy was located as a direct result of the calls less than an hour later about 6.5 miles from his home in one of the targeted areas.

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Location: Punta Gorda, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, September 08, 2012

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Charlotte County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The evening of Saturday, September 8, 2012, Assistant Supervisor Ann Zimmerman called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. Deputy Montgomery was leading the search for a missing 71 year old man with diabetes. Concern for the man’s safety was growing because he was past due for his insulin shot. Upon activation, over 1,600 telephone alert calls were sent around the man’s home. The Sheriff’s Office received a tip of a sighting. Deputies responded and located the man safe on the porch of a vacant house.

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Location: Tampa, FL

Children - Recovered: Sunday, August 19, 2012

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Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s Office Sunday, August 19, 2012, a 12 year old girl was reported missing from her home in Valrico. She had gone for a bike ride after getting upset with her parents earlier in the afternoon. It was now dark and the girl was still not home. Deputy Cannon activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist in the search and nearly 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the girl’s home asking residents to be on the lookout and to call the Sherriff’s Office if they saw her. In response a tip was called in by a citizen who received the alert and recognized the girl. Deputies responded and found the girl safe, a short distance from the citizen’s location which was 2 miles from the girl’s residence.

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Location: Punta Gorda, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, August 11, 2012

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Charlotte County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The afternoon of Saturday, August 11, 2012, a 67 year old man suffering with dementia was reported missing from his home in Rotonda West when he did not return home from a bicycle ride. Assistant Dispatch Supervisor activated A Child Is Missing to assist Deputy Tameris at the scene and more than 2,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the region surrounding the man’s home, asking residents to be on the lookout and to contact The Sheriff’s Office if they saw him. A little later that afternoon, a woman received the alert on her home answering service and recognized the description. She contacted The Sheriff’s Office and the man was located safe, 6 miles away from his home.

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Location: Tampa, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, August 03, 2012

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Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s Office When a 12 year old girl was reported missing from her home in Tampa on August 3, 2012, Detective Pramberger activated A Child Is Missing Alert. Upon activation, nearly 700 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses nearby the girl’s home. The alert calls gave the girl’s general information and asked anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact The Sheriff’s Office. In response, two tips were received which helped deputies locate the girl safe approximately 10 miles away from her home later that night.

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Location: North Port, FL

Silver Alert - Recovered: Thursday, July 19, 2012

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North Port, Florida (Sarasota County) Police Department “After contacting A Child Is Missing Alert, the man was located at a Regions Bank in Port Charlotte,” wrote Officer Bumgarner after activating the alert on July 19, 2012. An 85 year old man with Alzheimer’s had gone missing from his home in North Port. Upon activation, nearly 1,100 telephone alert calls were sent to the area where the man was last seen. Tips from these calls assisted Police in locating the man safe at the bank, approximately 10 miles away from his home.

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Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Broward County) Police Department Officer Taylor called A Child Is Missing Alert the afternoon of June 26, 2012. A 92 year old man had been missing since early that morning and there was concern for his safety because he was being treated for asthma, heart and blood pressure conditions. A Child Is Missing sent nearly 2,000 telephone alert calls to the area surrounding the man’s home, asking anyone with information to call Police. As a result, tips were called in that assisted Police in locating the man safe about a mile away from his home.

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Location: Hollywood, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Hollywood, Florida (Broward County) Police Department “Calls alerted residents to call PD and advised where they saw female earlier in the evening,” wrote Operator Denise after activating A Child Is Missing Alert on June 19, 2012. A 91 year old woman on medication for high blood pressure and a heart condition had gone missing from her home. Upon activation, more than 1,300 telephone alert calls went to residents and businesses around the woman’s home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. Two tips with information came in, helping Police to locate the woman safe approximately 6 miles away.

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Location: Hialeah, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Friday, June 15, 2012

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Hialeah, Florida (Miami-Dade County) Police Department Friday, June 15, 2012, a 74 year old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s was reported missing from her home in Hialeah. Detective Colon activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency’s search. Upon activation, more than 1,800 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses around the missing woman’s home, asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact the department. According to the case follow-up report, “The alert notified a citizen who saw a female matching the description given who alerted Police.” The woman was recovered safe, about a quarter of a mile away from her home, less than one hour after activation.

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Location: Ormond Beach, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, June 03, 2012

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Ormond Beach, Florida (Volusia County) Police Department When a 72 year old woman was reported missing the early afternoon of June 3, 2012, Corporal Doggett activated A Child Is Missing to assist in the search. The woman suffers from Alzheimer’s and had walked off from her home upset earlier in the day. Upon activation, over 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to citizens surrounding the woman’s home, asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact Police. In response, two tips were received. One of those tips came later in the evening from a resident that had spotted the missing woman while out driving. Ultimately, the woman was found safe, 2 miles away from her home.

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Location: Punta Gorda, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Sunday, May 20, 2012

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Charlotte County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The morning of Saturday, May 19, 2012, a 27 year old woman reported to have psychological difficulties was reported missing by her family. Upon activation of the Alert, over 1,000 telephone calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the girl’s home. Initial tips received as a result of the alert lead Police to the woman’s abandoned car and residents nearby reported seeing a woman matching her description that appeared disoriented and entering a nearby canal area. Due to the concern for the woman’s safety, The Sheriff’s Office brought in helicopters, K-9 units, dive teams and Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) thermal imaging equipment in order to search the area which was thick with trees and underbrush. Deputies were finally able to locate the woman Sunday night using the advanced imaging equipment that allowed the deputies to see the woman hiding in the underbrush. This was written by Detective Cochran regarding the assistance by A Child Is Missing: “The calls provided witnesses which lead to a search of an area where the missing endangered person was located. Thank you very much for your help!”

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Location: Tampa, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Tampa, Florida (Hillsborough County) Police Department One tip was all it took to help locate a missing 81 year old man suffering from dementia. That tip was received after Communications Officer Sterling activated A Child Is Missing Alert on May 10, 2012 to assist Officer Baranowski at the scene. Upon activation, more than 1,400 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the man’s home. The calls asked anyone with information to contact Police. The tip helped Police locate the man safe in an area ½ mile away from his home.

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Location: Winter Haven, FL

Silver Alert - Recovered: Monday, April 09, 2012

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Polk County, Florida Sheriff’s Office – Silver Alert When a 79 year old man did not return home after going for a drive in Lakeland on April 9, 2012, Deputy Sonya Smith activated A Child Is Missing Alert. Officials were concerned because the man had recently had heart surgery and did not have his medication with him. Additionally, he suffered from memory loss. Nearly 2,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the man’s home, giving the man’s description as well as a description of his vehicle. A woman that received the alert call at her home was driving a little over an hour after the alert was placed and saw a man and vehicle matching the description in the parking lot of an auto parts store. She spoke to the man and asked his name. When she determined that the man was the missing man, she called the Police and the man was recovered, safe.

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Location: New Port Richey, FL

Children - Recovered: Thursday, April 05, 2012

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Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office It was just after 5am on Thursday, April 5, 2012 when Sergeant Robert Rogers contacted A Child Is Missing to request telephone alert calls be sent out to Holiday, Florida regarding a 4 year old boy that had been found wandering by himself. The boy did not know his own name and could not tell deputies where he lived. The telephone alert call included a physical description of the boy and his clothing. The calls were sent to a small radius near the intersection where the boy had been found. When no tips came in from the initial callout, the radius was expanded. Finally, a tip came in as a result of the expanded alert that enabled officers to determine where the boy belonged.

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Location: Pembroke Pines, FL

Children - Recovered: Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Pembroke Pines, Florida (Broward County) Police Department “Woman heard alert and began to drive around to assist. She observed missing person and called police.” This was written by Detective Silver after activating A Child Is Missing Alert on March 29, 2012 to assist his agency in locating a 12 year old girl. Over 1,200 telephone alert calls had been placed in an effort to find the girl when she went missing from school. Police responded to the tip and were able to recover the girl safe, approximately 1 mile from the school.

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Location: Plantation, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Monday, March 19, 2012

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Plantation, Florida (Broward County) Police Department The evening of Monday, March 19, 2012, Officer Tofexis was leading the search for a missing 77 year old woman suffering from dementia. A Child Is Missing Alert was activated to assist and over 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent to the area, asking anyone with information to contact Police. A little over a half an hour after later, a tip came in as a result of the Alert, which enabled Police to locate the woman safe, approximately one half mile away.

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Location: Ormond Beach, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Ormond Beach, Florida (Volusia County) Police Department It was nearing midnight on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 and Officer Armanlous was leading his agency’s search for a missing 79 year old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s. The woman had left that night after a brief argument with her husband and a search of the neighborhood showed no signs of the woman. A Child Is Missing was activated to assist and despite the late hour, nearly 400 telephone alert calls were sent to residents, asking residents to check their property and to contact Police if they saw her. At approximately 4:45 that morning, a resident that had received the alert was driving in an area 20 miles away and spotted a woman that matched the description. The Police were called and the woman was located, safe.

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Location: Ruskin, FL

Children - Recovered: Saturday, February 18, 2012

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Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “It was one of the volunteers that located the subject walking down the road.” The volunteer had received an alert call from A Child Is Missing after Deputy Meyes activated the service in the early morning hours of February 18, 2012. A 17 year old boy with various medical needs had gone missing from his home in Riverview. Over 1,600 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses asking anyone with information to contact Police. Several residents began to help in the search and the boy was located safe approximately 2 miles from his home.

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Location: Port St Lucie, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, February 17, 2012

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Port St Lucie, Florida (Saint Lucie) Police Department- It was 10:30pm the night of Friday, February 17, 2012, and a 12 year old boy reported to have a mental disorder was reported missing from his home in Port St Lucie. Officer Kerns activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency with the search and more than 1,600 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home. Within a half an hour, a resident that received the alert checked his property and found the boy in his front yard. He was 1.5 miles away from home. Total time from activation to safe recovery was less than a half hour.

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Location: Winter Haven, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Monday, February 06, 2012

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Polk County, Florida Sheriff’s Office When a 57 year old woman suffering from a mental illness went missing in Lakeland the morning of Monday, February 6, 2012, Deputy Pastula activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist in the search. More than 2,500 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the area where the woman was last seen, asking anyone with information to contact The Sheriff’s Office. A respondent caller reported they had seen a woman matching the description at a nearby boat ramp. Deputies responded and located the woman safe, approximately 3 miles away from her home.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, February 03, 2012

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Jacksonville, Florida (Duvall County) Sheriff’s Office Over 1,600 telephone alert calls seeking information regarding the whereabouts of a missing 7 year old girl were launched in Jacksonville after Detective Chapman activated The Alert Program. The girl had last been seen at her school on the afternoon of February 3, 2012. Two tips were received due to the alert that helped Police locate the girl one hour later, approximately one mile away from the school.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, January 27, 2012

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Jacksonville, Florida (Duvall County) Sheriff’s Office The evening of Thursday, January 26, 2012, a 9 year old boy packed his bags and ran away from his home in Jacksonville. Detective Richardson contacted A Child Is Missing and provided the boy’s description to be distributed via telephone alert in hopes that someone in the neighborhood might have seen him. Nearly 1,500 homes and businesses were alerted. At 6:30 the next morning, a citizen who received an alert call that was on his way to work recognized the boy walking down the street. The man notified Police who recovered the boy, safe.

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Location: Coral Springs, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Coral Springs, Florida (Broward County) Police Department When Dispatcher Erin called A Child Is Missing the afternoon of January 17, 2012, she was seeking assistance in the search for a missing 77 year old man- a case Officer Hatfield was working. The man had suffered a stroke just three days prior and his caregivers were concerned for his safety. Telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the man’s home as well as a nearby Wal-Mart where it was believed the man could be headed. Tips that came in helped Police to locate the man safe approximately half an hour after the alert was launched. “Thanks so much for the help,” wrote Dispatcher Erin.

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Location: Pembroke Pines, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Wednesday, January 04, 2012

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Pembroke Pines, Florida (Broward County) Police Department “Reportee heard alert, followed instructions and located missing person on his property. He had been missing for over 12 hours,” wrote Detective Silva after an exhaustive search ended for a missing 78 year old man. The man suffers from Alzheimer’s in addition to being blind which heightened concerns for his safety. Nearly 4,000 telephone alert calls were sent over a 4 hour period in three rounds during the search. The man was located approximately 1.5 miles away from his home.

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Location: Coral Springs, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Monday, December 26, 2011

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Coral Springs, Florida (Broward County) Police Department The evening of Monday, December 26, 2011, Sergeant Hines activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency in locating a missing 81 year old man reportedly suffering from dementia. The man had last been seen earlier that afternoon riding his bicycle near his home. Nearly 1,300 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the man’s home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. Approximately 3 tips came in with sightings of the man which helped Police to re-orient their search. Finally, approximately half an hour after the alert, the man returned home safe with the help of citizens.

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Location: Tampa, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, December 22, 2011

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Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s Office On December 22, 2011, a 73 year old woman became disoriented and wandered away from her home in Seffner. Dispatcher Wood activated A Child Is Missing to assist Corporal Fogarty at the scene and nearly 1,700 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the woman’s home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, a resident that had received the alert a few blocks away from the woman’s home saw the woman leaning on a mailbox. She then called the Sherriff’s Office, ending the search.

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Location: Ocala, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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Marion County, Florida Sheriff’s Office A 76 year old woman suffering from dementia was reported missing from her home in Silver Springs on Tuesday, December 20, 2011. Caregivers and friends were concerned because the woman had a history of wandering off and becoming lost and was known to be a fast walker. Sergeant Barkley contacted A Child Is Missing Alert and nearly 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding woman’s home, requesting anyone with information to contact The Sheriff’s Office. In response, 7 tips came in with sightings of the woman, enabling deputies to locate the woman safe, approximately 2 miles away. Total time from activation to safe recovery was less than 20 minutes.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Jacksonville, Florida (Duvall County) Sheriff’s Office “Approximately 10 minutes after the calls went out, the child was recovered,” wrote Detective Richardson. This after a search for a 7 year old girl that had gone missing after playing with some other children on the evening of Wednesday, December 14, 2011. More than 700 telephone alert calls were sent out by A Child Is Missing. One of those calls went directly to the mother of a child the girl was playing with. The mother walked outside with the girl and found the officers that were searching for her.

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Location: Miami, FL

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Miami-Dade, Florida Police Department The afternoon of Wednesday, December 14, 2011, a 10 year old boy was reported missing in Miami. Detective Fluellen activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist and more than 1,200 telephone alert calls were placed surrounding the boy’s home, asking neighbors to be on the lookout and to contact Police if they saw the boy. In addition, Police went door to door, brought a K-9 unit and asked the media to help. While some witnesses did report seeing the boy, they stated he ran away when his name was called. Finally, at seven thirty that evening, the boy was discovered walking towards his home. According to the case follow-up from Detective Fluellen, the alert phone calls along with the media coverage and the intensive search by Police had compelled the boy to return home.

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Location: DeLand, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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Volusia County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The early afternoon of Tuesday, November 22, 2011, Sergeant MacDowell was leading the search for 48 year old man missing from his home in DeLand. His family was concerned because the man was reported to be suffering from schizophrenia and hadn’t been seen since very early that morning. A Child Is Missing Alert was called to assist, placing over 1,100 telephone alert calls to the area surrounding the man’s residence. An area resident spotted the man at a nearby shopping center after receiving the alert call in conjunction with viewing a missing flyer that the Sheriff’s Office had sent to the public. This is an excellent example of joint resources dovetailing successfully.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Monday, November 14, 2011

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Jacksonville, Florida (Duvall County) Sheriff’s Office Detective Nagle activated A Child Is Missing Alert when his agency was searching for a missing 50 year old man on Monday, November 14, 2011. The man was reported to have recently suffered from a stroke and had last been seen at 2pm that afternoon at his home in Jacksonville. More than 1,600 alert calls were placed surrounding that address which generated a tip from a woman that saw a gentleman fitting the missing man’s description walking in her neighborhood. Police responded and located the man safe, approximately 2 miles from his home. Total time from activation to safe recovery was approximately 1 hour.

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Location: Vero Beach, FL

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, November 09, 2011

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Indian River County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The evening of Wednesday, November 9, 2011, a 10 year old boy was reported missing from Vero Beach. When Sergeant McNally checked the boy’s school, it was discovered he had not been in attendance the past 3 days. The family had not seen the boy since very early that morning when he said he was leaving to go to school. Dispatcher Debbie White activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist and more than 1,600 telephone alert calls were sent surrounding the boy’s home and school addresses, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, tips were received that enabled Police to locate the boy safe, at a shopping plaza approximately 5 miles away from the boy’s home.

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Location: DeLand, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Wednesday, November 02, 2011

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Volusia County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The morning of Wednesday, November 2, 2011, Sergeant Fortin contacted A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. An 86 year old woman reportedly suffering from severe Alzheimer’s and in need of medication for congestive heart failure had gone missing from her home in Deltona. Nearly 2,000 telephone alert calls were placed to the area surrounding her home, asking anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Office. Over the next hour and a half, two more rounds of alert calls were placed, encompassing approximately 2.5 square miles. Finally, the exhaustive search ended at 2:25pm when she was found a quarter mile away. According to the case follow-up from Sergeant Fortin, “Numerous calls were received from the alert program leading to her recovery, Great job and great system.”

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Location: Tallahassee, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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Tallahassee, Florida (Leon County) Police Department The morning of Wednesday, October 26, 2011, a 30 year old man was reported missing from his home in Tallahassee. His family was concerned because the man had a history of mental illness and they were concerned he could harm himself. Investigator Scott Angulo was leading the search and activated A Child Is Missing Alert. Over 1,000 telephone alert calls went to the community surrounding the man’s residence, asking anyone with information to contact Police. According to the case follow-up report from Investigator Angulo, “Calls came in almost immediately; the calls resulted in leads which told us where he was.” The man was ultimately found 13 miles away later that afternoon.

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Location: North Port, FL

Children - Recovered: Monday, October 10, 2011

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North Port, Florida (Sarasota County) Police Department The morning of Monday, October 12, 2011, a 12 year old boy was reported missing from his home in North Port. He hadn’t been seen since going to bed the previous evening. He was reported to have medical issues that also heightened authorities concerns. Sergeant Jernigan led the search and activated A Child Is Missing to assist. More than 1,100 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home, asking residents to check their own property and to contact Police if they saw the boy. According to the case follow-up received from Sergeant Jernigan, “The alert brought out volunteers on bikes, vehicles and walkers. A Subject in a vehicle had seen a child matching the child’s description and called the PD.” Total time from activation to safe recovery was approximately 45 minutes.

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Location: Naples, FL

Children - Recovered: Sunday, October 02, 2011

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Collier County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The morning of Sunday, October 2, 2011, Corporal Murray activated A Child Is Missing to assist his agency in searching for a 10 year old boy. The boy had left after having a disagreement with his mother and had not been seen by her for over an hour and a half. Over 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the boy’s home in Naples, asking anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Office. In response, 3 tips were received that placed the boy at a nearby shopping plaza. Officers responded and located the boy, safe.

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Location: Stuart, FL

Silver Alert - Recovered: Sunday, September 25, 2011

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Stuart, Florida (Martin) Police Department- The afternoon of Sunday, September 25, 2011, Corporal Buchanan activated A Child Is Missing Alert in regards to a missing 69 year old man suffering from dementia. The man had been missing for more than 24 hours and the agency was also in the process of activating a Silver Alert. More than 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent by A Child Is Missing, asking residents and businesses surrounding the man’s home to contact Police if they had any information about the man. In response, 3 tips came in, and Police were finally able to locate the man safe, 10 miles from his home.

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Location: Tallahassee, FL

Children - Recovered: Saturday, August 20, 2011

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Leon County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The afternoon of Saturday, August 20, 2011, a ten year old girl was reported missing from her home in Tallahassee. The girl disappeared around 4pm after she was told she wasn’t allowed to go swimming. Deputy Shoemaker responded to the home and activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency. Upon activation, more than 700 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the girl’s home, giving the girl’s description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, citizens came out to search their own property and a woman that received the alert recognized the missing girl as she was playing near her property. She immediately sent the girl home. Total time from activation to safe recovery was approximately 10 minutes.

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Location: Miami, FL

Children - Recovered: Saturday, August 06, 2011

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Miami-Dade, Florida Police Department In the early morning of Saturday, August 6, 2011, Officer Millares contacted A Child Is Missing concerning a young boy that was found by himself near the 7300 block of 40th street in Miami. The boy appeared to have mental difficulty, as he appeared to be around 6-8 years of age, could not give his name or address and was wearing only a diaper. Telephone alert calls were placed within a half mile radius, giving the boys general description and asking anyone who might know the boy to contact Police. One of those alert calls went directly to the boy’s home and the mother of the child responded to recover the boy. Total time from activation to recovery was 30 minutes.

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Location: Ft Myers, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, August 02, 2011

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Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The morning of Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, a 71 year old man suffering from Alzheimer’s was reported missing from his home in Lehigh Acres. Communications Supervisor Tiffany activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Sergeant LoDato, who was leading the search for the man. In response to the nearly 900 telephone alert calls placed for the man, the agency received 3 phone calls with tips, enabling officers to locate the man approximately 1 mile from his home. Total time from activation to safe recovery was less than 20 minutes. This marked ACIM’s 900th Safe Assisted Recovery nationwide.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Monday, July 11, 2011

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Jacksonville, Florida (Duvall County) Sheriff’s Office In the early afternoon on July 11, 2011, Detective Richardson contacted A Child is Missing regarding a 14 year old boy with Down Syndrome that had gone missing. He requested a large calling area due to the fact that the boy had already been missing for two hours by the time his agency had been notified. More than 2,400 telephone alert calls were sent out to residents and businesses surrounding the boy’s home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. A citizen, having received the alert, checked her property and even got into her vehicle to check her neighborhood. She then found the boy down the street from her home and contacted Police. He was reunited with his family, safe. Total time from activation to safe recovery was 45 minutes.

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Location: Treasure Island, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, June 26, 2011

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Treasure Island, Florida (Pinellas County) Police Department- “Without the assistance of ACIM, the missing person may not have been found. A resident checked their property and found the person in their yard. This was only after receiving the ACIM Alert. Thank you!” Sergeant Chiaputti wrote this after a 68 year old woman in the late stages of Alzheimer’s went missing while bringing groceries into the house on the afternoon of Sunday, June 26, 2011 in Saint Petersburg. A Child Is Missing placed approximately 1,200 telephone alert calls surrounding the woman’s home and as a result, she was reunited safe with her husband less than 20 minutes later.

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Location: New Port Richey, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “Public awareness created by the two ACIM activation calls was critical to the safe recovery of the 62 year old missing woman. Thanks again!” wrote Detective Boyer after activating A Child Is Missing Alert Monday, June 20, 2011. The woman hadn’t been seen since the previous Friday and family and law enforcement were particularly concerned because she had multiple medical conditions including severe arthritis and there was a lot of water in the area. A Child Is Missing Alert placed nearly 700 telephone alert calls surrounding the woman’s home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. Due to the concern for the missing woman, her information was also taken to the media. The following day, the woman still had not been located. Detective Boyer contacted A Child Is Missing Alert and a second round of alert calls were sent to the public. One of the call recipients, while checking her property and waterline heard a faint cry and found the missing woman. She was trapped in a bed of mangroves along the shore of a lake. She was submerged in mud up to her neck and a chainsaw was needed to gain access to her. The woman was safely removed and taken to the hospital where she was reunited with her family.

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Location: Ocala, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, June 17, 2011

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Marion County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The afternoon of Friday, June 17, 2011, a ten year old autistic boy that was also suffering from mental distress was reported missing from his home in Summerfield. Sergeant Hughes activated A Child Is Missing Alert and more than 1,600 alert calls were sent to the community. Neighborhood response to the alert was wonderful. Citizens began calling and reporting they had seen the boy walk through their yard earlier. Less than one hour after the alert, 2 calls came in that the boy had been in their yard only moments ago. Deputies responded and located the boy safe, approximately 4.5 miles from his home.

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Location: New Port Richey, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, June 10, 2011

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Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office Friday, June 10, 2011, A Child Is Missing Alert was contacted by Detective Mike Rapp in regards to a missing nine year old boy. The boy had last been seen riding his bike near Volterra Court in Lutz earlier that afternoon. Nearly 1,200 calls were sent out to surrounding neighbors, alerting them to be on the lookout for the boy and to contact Police with any information. Approximately 35 minutes after the calls went out, Police located the boy due to a tip from a neighbor that had received the alert and noticed the boy near the community pool.

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Location: Tampa, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Friday, May 06, 2011

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Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s Office Friday, May 6, 2011, Sergeant Mosher had the difficult task of finding a woman with Alzheimer’s that couldn’t remember exactly who she was or where she lived. The woman had been found near the 1700 Block of Woodhaven Drive in Seffner, and only knew her first name. A Child Is Missing Alert was activated, and over 1,000 alert calls were placed, giving the woman’s clothing description and first name, and asking anyone who might know the woman to come forward. According to the case follow-up report from Sergeant Mosher, “Within 15 minutes of the ACIM Call, the husband of this female called.” Use of ACIM helped bring this case to a quick resolution, saving law enforcement time and resources, and quickly reuniting this family.

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Location: DeLand, FL

Other - Recovered: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Volusia County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The flexible and cooperative nature of ACIM and Law Enforcement is exampled in one noteworthy case: On April 27th Volusia County S.O. requested a case that involved a search for one of its K9 units that went missing. After the alerts were launched the dog was recovered within a ½ mile of the last seen location. The department replied “…your service made the community aware and help bring this important police K9 back to its handler.”

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Location: Ft Myers, FL

Children - Recovered: Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Office Thursday, March 17, 2011, a 9 year old girl was reported missing from her home in Lehigh Acres. Communications Supervisor Suzanne activated A Child Is Missing Alert and within minutes, the area surrounding the girl’s home was ringing with telephone alert calls. The message requested that recipients check their own yards and complexes for the missing girl and gave the phone number for the Police department. The agency received four calls from residents with information that lead them to the missing girl, a little over one half mile from where she had gone missing. The girl was unharmed and reunited with her family.

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Location: St Petersburg, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, January 07, 2011

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St Petersburg, Florida (Pinellas County) Police Department- At 9:15pm Friday, January 7, 2011, the Saint Petersburg Police responded to a call from a distraught father stating that his car, with his one year old son sleeping in the back, had been stolen. The father had stopped to go into an apartment complex for a moment and left the car running in his sight, so he could see the car being driven off, but could not see the driver. Sergeant Clyman, believing the child to be in danger, activated the Amber Alert and A Child Is Missing Alert to aid the Police search. Nearly 3,000 alert phone calls were placed surrounding the complex where the child was abducted from, giving the description of the child and the car, and asked people to be on the lookout and contact Police if they had any information. In response, Police received a tip from a resident that recognized the car. Police responded to find the abandoned car one half mile from where it was stolen. The baby was still asleep, safe in his car seat. Total recovery time was one hour and fifteen minutes.

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Location: Tallahassee, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, January 07, 2011

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Tallahassee, Florida (Leon County) Police Department The afternoon of Friday, January 7, 2011, A Child Is Missing Alert received a call from Corporal Houston in regards to a 12 year old boy that was reported missing from the 400 block of West Tharpe Street. Over 1,600 alert calls giving the boy’s description were phoned to the area, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, a call was received from a citizen that had seen the boy at a nearby community center. Police responded and located the boy safe, 1.5 miles from where he had gone missing. Total time from activation to safe recovery was 29 minutes, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: New Port Richey, FL

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, January 05, 2011

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Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office On Wed, January 5, 2011, Detectives from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office activated A Child Is Missing to aid in their search for a 13 year old girl, who was originally reported missing on November 30, 2010. After being spotted at a neighborhood intersection, Detective Michael Rapp requested we launch Alert Calls in a 2 mile area around the intersection, covering the neighborhood the girl was believed to be in. A Child Is Missing launched almost 400 calls. Approximately 30 minutes later, the first call with information was received. Unfortunately, the child was gone when Deputies arrived. A subsequent call, however, led Deputies straight to the child.

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Location: Sebastian, FL

- Recovered: Friday, December 24, 2010

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Sebastian, Florida (Indian River County) Police Department- On December 24, 2010, a 60 year old man suffering from Alzheimer’s as well as Down’s Syndrome was reported missing from his home. Communications Technician Jennifer called A Child Is Missing with the physical details of the man and nearly 1,000 alert phone calls were placed to residents and businesses around the man’s home. The Police Department received a call from a resident advising that he just saw a person fitting the man’s description walking past his residence. Officers responded to the scene and located the man safe, approximately two miles from where he had gone missing. Total time from activation to safe recovery was 20 minutes, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Punta Gorda, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, December 18, 2010

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Charlotte County, Florida Sheriff’s Office Saturday, December 18, 2010, Detective Jones activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency in searching for family, friends or anyone at all who might know the 64 year old gentleman found sitting lost at the intersection of Rampart and Nuremberg in Punta Gorda. He had just moved to the area two weeks ago and couldn’t remember where he lived. More than 1,300 alert phone calls went out to the area where he was found. In response, 7 tips were received from the community. One of those tips came directly from the man’s new neighbors who immediately notified the gentleman’s family. The family called in and he was reunited with them safe, 32 minutes after activation.

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Location: Lady Lake, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, November 27, 2010

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Lady Lake, Florida (Lake County) Police Department The evening of Saturday, November 27, 2010, Corporal Character activated A Child Is Missing Alert in regards to a 77 year old woman missing from her home in Lady Lake. The department was in the process of activating a Silver Alert and wanted to send the phone calls to the community in the hopes that someone may have information on her whereabouts. More than 1,500 alert phone calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the woman’s home. In response, the department received four calls from citizens with tips, enabling them find the woman safe approximately ½ mile from her home.

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Location: Tavares, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Monday, September 27, 2010

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Lake County, Florida Sheriff’s Office Monday, September 27, 2010, after 11pm, Sergeant Waylend was working a case involving a missing 85 year old man when he called the A Child Is Missing Alert Program for help. The man, who suffers from Alzheimer’s and was reported to be in the advanced stages of the disease, was reported missing by his wife from Heritage Drive in Groveland. Further heightening concern, was that the small community in which the man lives is surrounded by several lakes and the man had already been missing for over four hours when Police were notified. Hundreds of alert calls were placed to residents in the man’s community, asking anyone with information to contact Police. Several of the residents got out of bed and into golf carts and began assisting Police in the search. Two residents in a golf cart found the missing man lying in a ditch injured and disoriented. Total time from activation to recovery was 20 minutes, thus saving valuable time that allowed paramedics to get him to the local hospital where he was treated and then released to his wife.

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Location: Punta Gorda, FL

Children - Recovered: Monday, September 20, 2010

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Charlotte County, Florida Sheriff’s Office Monday, September 20, 2010, a call was made to the Sheriff’s Office by a woman that had seen what appeared to be a young boy being grabbed and taken by two men in a car. While no child had been reported missing, no stone was left unturned as detectives, helicopters, deputies and k-9 units were deployed investigating the possible abduction. A Child Is Missing Alert was activated as well, and more than 5,000 alert calls were placed around the school where the possible abduction was reported to have occurred. The message included a description of the vehicle, the two drivers, the child, and a partial license plate. One of those alert calls went to the grandmother of the child, who upon hearing the message thought that the people involved could be her son and grandchild. She immediately called Police. Following up on the tip, detectives spoke to the father, and determined what the witness had seen was simply the father placing a stubborn child into the car after school. The fast action of the alert calls along with the help of the public saved additional law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Tallahassee, FL

Children - Recovered: Thursday, August 26, 2010

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Leon County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The morning of Thursday, August 26, 2010, a ten year old boy was reported missing from Centerville Road in Tallahassee. Deputy Brunner utilized A Child Is Missing Alert’s free service as his agency had done with successful results several times before. Within minutes, over one thousand telephones surrounding Centerville Road were ringing, asking if anyone had seen the boy. When the agency did not get any leads, Deputy Brunner called ACIM again and expanded the calling area. This time, several tips came in, placing the boy in the area of Beaumont Drive. Deputies responded and found the boy safe, reuniting him with his family.

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Location: Pensacola, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, July 10, 2010

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Pensacola, Florida (Escambia County) Police Department “On 7-10-10, the Pensacola Police Department received a call in reference to an elderly gentleman that wandered away from his residence. The gentleman had been diagnosed with dementia. The complainant searched for over an hour after she discovered her loved one missing before she called Police. He had been missing since 1550 hours and nightfall was rapidly approaching. Officer Ard called ACIM and within 15 minutes a phone call was received and our missing citizen was located at another apartment complex about a mile away. Thanks ACIM for yet another recovery in Pensacola.” From Jimmy Donohoe, O.I.C Special Projects, Pensacola Police Department

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Location: DeLand, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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Volusia County, Florida Sheriff’s Office The morning of June 15, 2010, Deputy Eckberg activated A Child Is Missing to assist his agency in finding a missing 44 year old insulin dependent diabetic man that had gone missing the previous evening. More than 2,900 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the Edgewater address where the man had last been seen. In response, 2 phone calls with information were received. One citizen, having received the alert, also called the man’s Pastor, who located the missing man at the church and drove him home.

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Location: Chipley, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, May 23, 2010

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Washington County, Florida Sheriff’s Office Sunday, May 23, 2010, a 59 year old man suffering from Alzheimer’s went missing in Chipley, Florida while shopping with his wife. Dispatcher Cate called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program to assist the agency’s search. More than 2,000 alert calls were launched in the area surrounding Brickyard Road address where the man was last seen. Shortly after, a woman who received the alert called when she saw the man walking down the road in front of her residence. Ultimately, the man was located safe, approximately 2 miles from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Ocala, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, May 16, 2010

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Ocala Police Department, Ocala, FL May 15, 2010, an 86 year old man, suffering from Early-Onset Alzheimer’s, wandered away from the assisted living facility where he was being cared for. Ocala officers initiated an A Child Is Missing Alert for the gentlemen, and 3,211 calls were made. The next day, over 24 hours from the time he was last seen, the gentleman was located and safely recovered from a water treatment plant. The plant was almost 1 mile away from the assisted living facility.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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Jacksonville, Florida (Duval County) Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, May 11, 2010, Detective Richardson contacted A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency in the search for an 85 year old man suffering from dementia who had gone missing earlier that evening. More than 1,200 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the Sawpit Road address where he was last seen. In response, the Sheriff’s Office received three phone calls with information as to the direction of travel for the missing man. Those calls also identified an individual who gave the missing man a ride. With this information, deputies were able to locate the man safe approximately 25 miles from where he had gone missing. This case demostrates the unique capabilities of ACIM alerts.

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Location: Davie, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Davie, Florida (Broward County) Police Department Tuesday, April 27, 2010, Officer Rodriguez activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist the agency in searching for a missing 18 year old thought to be in need of medical assistance. The man suffers from tremors and had not taken his medication that day. He had last been seen earlier in the afternoon near the 3300 block of 78th Avenue and more than 5,000 alert calls were placed surrounding that area. Those alert calls resulted in a phone call from a resident who received the alert call and had seen a man matching the description given in the alert. Police responded to the location and discovered the man had already been transported to the hospital by Fire Rescue. Upon reporting to the hospital, officers were able to positively identify the man as the one they had been searching for. The total time from activation to safe assisted recovery was approximately one hour, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Pembroke Pines, FL

Child - Recovered: Sunday, March 14, 2010

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Pembroke Pines, Florida (Broward County) Police Department On Sunday, March 14, 2010 Officer Venema activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency’s search for a 9 year old boy who had gone missing from the 8500 block of Taft Street in Hollywood. The boy had run away before and Police were attempting to locate him by tracking his cell phone. Over 1,800 alert calls were placed. As a result of those alert calls, a call was received from a citizen who saw the boy outside of the perimeter police were using. Police were then able to adjust the targeted search area, and with the assistance of a phone trace, the boy was located safe, approximately 3 miles from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Ocala, FL

Child - Recovered: Saturday, March 06, 2010

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Marion County, Florida Sheriff’s Office Friday, March 6, 2010, a 21 year old young man went missing from a campsite in Silver Springs, Florida and had not been seen for 24 hours. Sergeant Barclay quickly activated A Child Is Missing to assist his agency’s search for the man. More than 2,400 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the campsite, and in response, numerous calls were received from the public with information. One of those calls was from a citizen who was able to provide deputies with the man’s location. Ultimately, he was located safe 5 miles from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Orlando, FL

Child - Recovered: Thursday, February 18, 2010

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Orlando, Florida (Orange County) Police Department On Thursday, February 18, 2010, Officer Finley activated the A Child Is Missing Alert to assist in his agency’s search for a missing 12 year old boy. More than 3,000 calls were placed to the neighborhood surrounding the 5200 block of North Orange Blossom Trail, where the boy had last been seen. He was found safe as a direct result of the alert calls less than one and a half hours later, approximately 5 miles from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Sanibel, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, February 18, 2010

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Sanibel, Florida (Lee County) Police Department-SilverAlert- When a partially blind seventy-eight year old man with dementia went missing near the 3000 block of Singing Winds Drive, Lieutenant Cooper of the Sanibel Police Department activated the A Child is Missing Alert. Over 4,500 alert calls were placed to neighbors and residents in the tightly knit community. When the missing man returned home of his own accord that evening, his neighbor, having received an alert call, phoned Police, who were then able to check that the man was safe. The search was called off, saving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Tampa, FL

Child - Recovered: Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s Office On February 15, 2010, an 11 year old boy went missing from the 300 block of Chastain Road in Seffner, Florida and Deputy Kowal activated the A Child is Missing Alert. More than 2,100 alert calls were placed in the area, giving the boys description and asking anyone with information to call Police. One of the recipients of those calls gave the location of the boy, which Police were then able to recover safe, a little less than a mile from where he had gone missing. “Successful recovery of missing juvenile,” said Communications Supervisor Alex Diaz, “we can’t thank you enough for the support you provide us.”

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Location: Sebring, FL

Child - Recovered: Saturday, January 16, 2010

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On January 16, 2010, The Highlands County Sheriff's Office received a call from concerned residents regarding a young blonde girl wandering unattended near the intersection of Citroen Drive and Romeo Street in Sebring, Florida. When deputies arrived to investigate, the child was gone. Fearing for the safety of the child, Sergeant Barry Jones activated The A Child is Missing Alert and nearly 700 alert calls were placed in the area where the girl was seen. According to Sgt. Jones, the system “Worked Perfect,” as many residents came out of their homes and searched the area for the girl. One recipient of the alert call came forward and was able to identify the girl and her home to the Sheriff’s office. Use of the A Child is Missing Alert System saved law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Child - Recovered: Saturday, January 16, 2010

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Jacksonville, Florida (Duvall County) Sheriff’s Office When a 9 year old girl went missing in the afternoon of January 15, 2010, Detective McKinnon of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office activated The A Child is Missing Alert to assist in the agency’s search. A Child is Missing placed more than 6000 alert calls in the vicinity of 8000 Everest Drive, where the girl had last been seen. In response to those alert calls, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls with tips, enabling law enforcement to locate her safe and sound approximately four blocks from where she had last been seen.

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Location: Miami, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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Early, during an unusual freezing Tuesday morning, a 78 year old man who was not wearing a shirt and possibly in need of medical attention, went missing in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Miami-Dade Police called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program. Nearly 2,900 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the man had last been seen. One of the recipients of the alert call, (a neighbor) found the missing man in his yard approximately 1 block where he had last been seen. The Miami-Dade Police were notified and the man was recovered safe and sound.

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Location: Tampa, FL

Children - Recovered: Sunday, December 20, 2009

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Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s Office On December 20, 2009 the Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s Office called the A Child Is Missing Alert Program seeking assistance in the agency’s search for a missing 13 year old girl. The girl had last been seen in the 1500 block of Carter Oaks Drive in Valrico, Florida at 10:00am that Sunday. A Child Is Missing placed more than 1,700 alert calls in search of the girl. Five people contacted police with information as a result of the alert calls, but it was an unknown alert call recipient who was responsible for the child’s safe return shortly after 8:00 that night.

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Location: Pembroke Pines, FL

Children - Recovered: Sunday, December 13, 2009

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Pembroke Pines, Florida (Broward County) Police Department On Sunday, December 13, 2009 a nine year old boy went missing from the 13000 block of Northwest 18th Court in Hollywood, Florida and neighboring Pembroke Pines Police were active in the search for the boy. They called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program which resulted in more than 1,500 alert calls being placed to the area Police were searching. “Phone calls to residents caused neighbors to come outside and assist with the search,” according to Pembroke Pines Police. Ultimately the boy was safely located by a neighbor about 1/10 mile from where he had last been seen.

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Location: Quincy, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, December 11, 2009

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Quincy, Florida (Gadsden County) Police Department When an eight year old boy went missing after school in Quincy, Florida on December 11, 2009 and never returned home, Quincy Police began a search. That search included contacting and activating the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. Nearly 5,000 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 700 block of South Stewart Street where the boy had last been seen. As a result of those alert calls, the boy was located within three hours and was found safe approximately two-and-a-half miles from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Sarasota, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Monday, November 23, 2009

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Sarasota County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “Citizens received your [alert] calls and came out of their houses to meet passing deputies,” said an official from the Sarasota County, Florida Sheriff’s Office. When a 69 year old man in need of medical attention went missing from the 6300 block of Camphor Avenue in Sarasota on November 23, 2009, many who received alert phone calls from A Child Is Missing “gave information regarding last location seen” and enabled deputies to learn the man had purchased a bus ticket to an out of town location officials said. Through investigation deputies were able to make law enforcement contact with the man and ensure his safety.

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Location: New Port Richey, FL

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office On Tuesday, November 17, 2009, Detective David Boyer of the Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program regarding a 10 year old boy who had gone missing that morning. The boy had last been seen in the 5600 block of Cecelia Drive in New Port Richey, Florida at 8:35 and A Child Is Missing placed nearly 4,000 alert calls to the area surrounding that location. Those alert calls resulted in four or five calls to the Sheriff’s Office with information about the whereabouts of the boy. Ultimately, as a result of the alert calls, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office personnel safely located the boy at 1:30 that afternoon approximately ½ mile from where he had last been seen.

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Location: Bonifay, FL

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Holmes County, Florida Sheriff’s Office A 12 year old boy went missing in Bonifay on November 17, 2009 and the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office began a search for him. Exacerbating the search was a missing knife that Deputies were unsure the child had. Dispatcher Parker contacted the A Child Is Missing Alert Program and alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the child had last been seen. After receiving several calls from the public with information, Deputies were able to locate the boy safely approximately ¾ of a mile from where he had last been seen.

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Location: New Port Richey, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, October 15, 2009

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Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office On October 15, 2009 the Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office had been working a case of a missing 61 year old man who had numerous medical concerns. The man had always been supervised, had never gone missing before, and didn’t like to leave his house. Family members had communicated to Pasco County Sheriff’s Office officials that the man had recently been hallucinating and depressed. Sheriff’s Office personnel had checked with taxi companies, hospitals, shelters, and other facilities numerous times with no sign of the man. With a helicopter search scheduled for 3:00pm that day, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office contacted A Child Is Missing and nearly 1,400 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the man had last been seen. Three alert call recipients contacted the Sheriff’s Office, including a woman who said she had been on duty at a local hospital when the man walked in. This specific information led the Sheriff’s Office to the hospital where the man was safely located approximately five to 10 miles from where he had gone missing—a recovery which eliminated the need for the helicopter search.

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Location: Jacksonville Beach, FL

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida (Duval County) Police Department An 11 year old girl left for school on her bike at 7:00am in Jacksonville Beach, Florida on September 22, 2009 and never made it to school. Her mother, thinking she was in school all day, didn’t realize she was missing until the girl did not come home after school. This quickly resulted in a search for the girl, but with a significant time delay. The Jacksonville Beach Police Department activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program and more than 7,000 alert calls were placed to the areas surrounding the girls home and school. As a result of the alert calls, Jacksonville Beach Police began receiving phone calls regarding where the girl had been seen that day—18 calls with information in total. At 10:30 that night the girl was located some 40 miles away as a result of information generated by the alert phone calls.

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Location: Sunrise, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Monday, September 21, 2009

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Sunrise, Florida (Broward County) Police Department When a 71 year old woman went missing in Sunrise, Florida, the Sunrise Police Department called A Child Is Missing. In a recent similar case the agency had worked, the elderly person for whom it was searching was found deceased. In this particular case, the woman had gone missing from the 8400 block of Northwest 26th Street in Sunrise on September 21, 2009 at 7:30am. With a helicopter already mobilized and with Sunrise Police personnel checking nearby canals, more then 5,700 alert phone calls were placed by A Child Is Missing. That resulted in five to seven calls to Sunrise Police with information—which led to the woman being safely located at 5:30pm near the intersection of McNab Road and the Sawgrass Expressway some five to six miles from where she had gone missing.

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Location: Punta Gorda, FL

Children - Recovered: Sunday, September 20, 2009

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Charlotte County, Florida Sheriff’s Office When a 15 year old girl in need of medical attention went missing in Port Charlotte, Florida on September 20, 2009, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Communications Officer Ann Zimmerman called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to assist her agency’s search. More than 1,400 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 23000 block of Peachland Boulevard where the girl had last been seen at approximately 4:00pm. Three people who received an alert call, contacted the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office as a result. Information provided by those phone calls led Sheriff’s Office personnel to the girl’s safe location at 5:17pm, 6 miles from where she had last been seen.

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Location: Bunnell, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, September 11, 2009

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Bunnell, Florida (Flagler County) Police Department A 16 year old girl, thought to be in the company of male, had gone missing in Palm Coast, Florida at 7:45am on September 11, 2009. The Bunnell Police included activation of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program in their search for the two and nearly 1,500 alert calls were placed to the area. This resulted in calls with information, not only to Bunnell Police, but also the Flagler County, Florida Sheriff’s Office and the Emergency Operations Center that had been established. As a result of information received from the alert calls, the missing girl’s mother was able to locate her safe in Jacksonville, Florida some 80 miles north.

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Location: Coral Springs, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, September 04, 2009

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Coral Springs, Florida (Broward County) Police Department The Coral Springs, Florida Police Department activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program on Friday, September 4, 2009 regarding an eight year old boy who had last been seen in nearby Pompano Beach, Florida at approximately 5:00pm that day. Coral Springs Police had activated the Alert Program quickly and more than 4,000 alert calls were placed on their behalf by A Child Is Missing by 5:20pm. As a result of information generated by those alert calls, the boy was located safe at 5:48pm approximately ¼ mile from where he had last been seen.

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Location: Chipley, FL

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, September 01, 2009

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Washington County, Florida Sheriff’s Office In Vernon, Florida on the evening of September 1, 2009, a 13 year old girl had last been seen at approximately 6:00 near the 3000 block of Culpepper Lane and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office began searching for her. Part of the agency’s search included activating the A Child Is Missing Alert Program and Sergeant Derek Hayes placed the call. After providing all the necessary case information, A Child Is Missing placed less than 800 alert calls to the area surrounding where the 13 year old had last been seen. In response, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office fielded 34 calls from residents who had received the alert call. Information gleaned from those calls enabled the Sheriff’s Office to locate the girl 15 miles away in Chipley, Florida later that evening.

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Location: Sanibel, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, August 27, 2009

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Sanibel, Florida (Lee County) Police Department Thursday, August 27, 2009, an 85 year old man went missing from his residence in Sanibel and Sergeant Worth contacted A Child Is Missing to assist his agency. More than 1,000 alert calls were placed surrounding the man’s home giving his general description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. Approximately 10 minutes after the alert was sent, a resident that received the alert reported seeing the man approximately a quarter mile from his home. Officers responded and located the man safe.

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Location: Miami, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, August 14, 2009

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Miami-Dade, Florida Police Department A 12 year old boy went missing from the 9300 block of Southwest 81st Avenue in Miami-Dade County, Florida at 5:00pm on August 14, 2009, and the Miami-Dade Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing. After activating the Alert Program, which resulted in more than 3,700 alert calls to the area in question, the boy was found as a result of the calls. Two people who had received the alert call, contacted Police with information which led officers to the boy at the Wayside Baptist church on Southwest 98th Street in Miami—approximately ½ mile from where he had last been seen.

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Location: Bradenton, FL

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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Manatee County, Florida Sheriff’s Office A 12 year old boy went missing from the 3600 block of 31st Street East in Bradenton, Florida in the late afternoon of July 21, 2009. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to assist the agency’s search. After more than 3300 alert calls were placed, the Sheriff’s Office received three calls from the community with information pertaining to the missing child. With that information, ultimately the boy was recovered approximately five miles from where he had last been seen at 1:00am the next day.

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Location: Miami, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, July 05, 2009

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Miami-Dade, Florida Police Department When an 89 year old man in need of medical attention went missing in Miami-Dade County, Florida, Miami-Dade Police called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program. After nearly 1,800 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the man had last been seen, Police received two calls from the public with information. That information, let Police to the man’s whereabouts and he was found safe approximate two miles from where he had last been seen.

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Location: Naples, FL

Children - Recovered: Monday, May 18, 2009

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Collier County, Florida Sheriff’s Office Two sisters, a nine year old and a 14 year old, went missing from the 9600 block of 8th Street in Naples, Florida on Monday, May 18, 2009. Sergeant Ellis of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office was working the case and had the A Child Is Missing Alert Program activated by Dispatcher Ott. More than 2,300 alert calls were placed to the area in which Collier County Deputies were searching. With information provided by individuals who had called Collier County regarding the missing girls, Deputies were able to safely locate them 5 ½ hours after they went missing approximately five miles from where they had last been seen.

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Location: Ocala, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, April 30, 2009

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When a 60 year old man in need of medical assistance went missing from the area of Clear Place in Ocala, Florida, the Marion County, Florida Sheriff’s Office began a search. Marion County Sheriff’s Sergeant Hughes activated the Alert Program on April 30, 2009 at approximately noon. More than 1,700 alert calls were placed to residences and businesses in the area surrounding where the man had last been seen. One of the recipients of the alert call was a store owner in the 6800 block of Southeast Highway 464 approximately three miles from where the man went missing. The store owner called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and reported that the missing man was in the store.

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Location: Sanibel, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, April 19, 2009

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Sanibel, Florida (Lee County) Police Department - On Sunday, April 19, 2009 at approximately 9:30am, a man in Sanibel, Florida called Police there to report his wife missing. He told Sanibel Police that, after shaving in the bathroom, he returned to the lanai where his wife had been, only to find her missing. The man told Police his wife suffers from "advanced" Alzheimer's. In addition to immediately responding to the condominium complex where the couple lives and issuing a Be On The Lookout (BOLO) for the woman, Sanibel Police also contacted A Child Is Missing. According to a Sanibel Police report, shortly after, a woman called Sanibel Police "to report she had received a telephone alert about the missing person and she thought that [the missing woman] was at her resort pool." Responding to that resort, approximately 1 1/8 miles from where she lived, they located the woman and safely reunited her with her husband.

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Location: Naples, FL

Children - Recovered: Thursday, April 16, 2009

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At approximately 3:30pm on Thursday, April 16, 2009, two people were missing from Immokalee, Florida. A woman and a four year old girl had gone missing in a vehicle and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office began a search for them. This search included more than 3,700 alert called to the area surrounding the 500 block of Oakhaven Circle in Immokalee where they had last been seen. As a direct result of these alert calls, both the woman and the girl was located safely just 1/10 of a mile from the 500 block of Oakhaven Circle.

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Location: Sebring, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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When a 70 year old man thought to be in need of medical attention went missing from the area of Highway 27 and Lake June Road in Lake Placid, Florida at noon on April 15, 2009, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office answered the call and began the search. Activating the A Child Is Missing Alert Program was part of the agency’s efforts and more than 2,800 alert calls were placed to an area in which the man had previously been sighted. After the alert calls were launched, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office reported receiving a lot of phone calls from people who received an alert call and remembered seeing the man. Information from these calls led Deputies to the man’s location near a shopping center approximately seven miles from where he had last been seen.

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Location: Naples, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, April 11, 2009

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Detective Kastner of the Collier County, Florida Sheriff’s Office called A Child Is Missing in the early morning hours of April 11, 2009 regarding a 78 year old man who had gone missing in his pajamas and robe. After providing descriptive information about the man to the A Child Is Missing Recovery Specialist, more than 1,500 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 200 block of Deerwood Circle in Naples, Florida where the man had last been seen. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office received numerous phone calls from the public with information about the man that ultimately led to his location. He was found safe approximately ½ mile from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, April 01, 2009

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A 17 year old girl in need of medical attention went missing from the 3000 block of San Diego Road in Jacksonville, Florida at approximately 6:30pm on April 1, 2009 and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office began an exhaustive search. Their efforts included calling A Child Is Missing and activating the Alert Program. More than 3,500 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the girl had last been seen resulting in her safe recovery.

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Location: Naples, FL

Children - Recovered: Saturday, March 28, 2009

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An eight year old girl who had gone missing in Collier County, Florida was located approximately one mile from where she had last been seen after A Child Is Missing alert calls were placed to the community. She was located in the 5300 block of Catt Street in Naples, Florida on March 28, 2009 after having gone missing from the 5200 block of Broward Street in that city earlier that day. Deputy Anna Cohen had activated the Alert Program seeking assistance in the Collier County Sheriff’s Office search and nearly 3,000 alert calls were placed resulting in the girl’s safe recovery.

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Location: Milton, FL

Children - Recovered: Thursday, March 12, 2009

Story:

Milton, Florida (Santa Rosa County) Police Department - At approximately 7:45am on Thursday, March 12, 2009, an 11 year old girl went missing from the 5400 block of H. Byrom Street in Milton, Florida. As Milton Police continued their search, they called A Child Is Missing seeking assistance. After 2,000 alert phone calls were placed to the area surrounding where the girl had last been seen, police began receiving calls from the public with information. This information led them to the girl in the 5000 block of Dogwood Drive in Milton—approximately ½ mile from where she had gone missing.

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Location: Marianna, FL

Children - Recovered: Saturday, March 07, 2009

Story:

When a nine year old boy went missing in Marianna, Florida on Saturday, March 7, 2009, it was the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office that responded to the call. The boy had last been seen in the 4800 block of Glendale Circle in Marianna and Lieutenant Mike Hodges included that information in what he provided to A Child Is Missing when he activated the Alert Program to assist the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office search. Though only 474 alert calls were placed in this sparsely populated area, five calls from the public with information were generated to the Sheriff’s Office. Information from those calls led Deputies to the boy who was located safe and reunited with his family.

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Location: Miami, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Sunday, March 01, 2009

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On March 1, 2009, the Miami-Dade, Florida Police Department was search for a 51 year disabled old man thought to be in need of medical assistance. He had last been seen in the 14000 block of 177th Terrace in Miami at approximately 9:30 that morning. As they had done many times before, the Miami-Dade Police Department called A Child Is Missing to launch alert calls in hopes of assisting the search. After more than 2,800 calls were placed, the man was located as a result of the calls and returned safely to his home.

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Location: Ft.Lauderdale, FL

Children - Recovered: Sunday, March 01, 2009

Story:

When a 13 year old girl went missing from the 400 block of Southwest 13th Street in Pompano Beach, Florida, the Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Greco called A Child Is Missing. He activated the Alert Program and more than 2,000 alert phone calls were placed to the area surrounding where the girl had last been seen. One of the alert calls was received by friend of the missing girl who, in turn, provided her location. Ultimately the missing girl was safely located approximately three miles from where she had last been seen.

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Location: Sunrise, FL

Children - Recovered: Saturday, February 14, 2009

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On February 14, 2009, Sunrise, Florida Police were confronted with the peculiar circumstance of having located a person who could not communicate and having to find his family. This took place in the 4300 block of North Pine Island Road in Sunrise at approximately 9:00am. The “individual was found, but was not able to communicate,” according to Sunrise Police, “the [alert] calls helped us locate his family after he had a medical emergency.” Four waves of alert calls were placed by A Child Is Missing after Sunrise Police Officer Cindy McCue activated the Alert Program. After the disabled person’s family was located and reunited with him, Sunrise Police added: we “could not have handled this so quickly without [A Child Is Missing].”

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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A family brought a 15 year old girl to the Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff’s Office after the girl had been missing for four days from the 6900 block of Wheat Road in Jacksonville. The girl had gone missing on January 24, 2009 and was taken in by a family. Once A Child Is Missing was activated by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Detective Cam McKinnon on January 28th, the family brought the girl to the Sheriff’s Office after they received an alert call and realized the girl’s disappearance.

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Location: Sarasota, FL

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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On January 27, 2009, Sarasota, Florida Police began working a case of three missing children. Eight year old twins went missing along with a four year old at 3:00am and Sergeant Eric Bolden contacted A Child Is Missing. After securing detailed descriptions of the two girls and the boy, more than 2,000 alert calls were placed in the area surrounding the 3800 block of Greenway Drive in Sarasota. Those alert calls generated six calls to Sarasota Police with information that not only provided a location of a recent sighting of the children, but also their direction of travel. With that information, Police were led directly to the children who were safely recovered two-and-a-half miles from where they had gone missing.

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Location: New Port Richey, FL

Children - Recovered: Monday, December 29, 2008

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Sergeant Peake and Deputy Jones of the Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office were working a case of a missing 10 year old boy on December 29, 2008 when they called the A Child Is Missing Alert Program for help. The boy, who suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Bipolar Disorder, had gone missing from the 29000 block of Tansy Pass in Wesley Chapel at 1:00pm that day. After nearly 1,000 alert calls were launched in the area surrounding that address, the boy was located approximately two miles away as a result of information provided to Pasco County Sheriff’s Office as a result of the A Child Is Missing alert calls.

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Location: Deltona, FL

Children - Recovered: Thursday, November 20, 2008

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When a four year old boy went missing from the area of Howland Boulevard and Keeling Drive in Deltona, Florida on the morning of November 20, 2008, Volusia County Sheriff’s Sergeant Heaton activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. Nearly 2,000 alert calls were placed to residents asking them to call the Sheriff’s Office if they had any information about the boy. After receiving calls from the public in response to the A Child Is Missing alert calls, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office was able to safely locate the boy.

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Location: Ft Myers, FL

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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When Communication Specialist Chris Hodges of the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Office called A Child Is Missing on the afternoon of October 22, 2008, she was seeking assistance in the search for a missing seven year old girl—a case on which Lee County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Fewell was working. The girl had gone missing from the 1600 block of North Hermitage Road in Fort Myers earlier that afternoon. A Child Is Missing placed alert phone calls to the area surrounding where the girl was last seen and those calls generated information from the public. As it turned out, the missing girl had gone to her friend’s house. When her friend’s mother received one of the alert calls, she called the Sheriff’s Office to inform them the girl was safe.

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Location: Bradenton, FL

Children - Recovered: Monday, October 13, 2008

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Manatee County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “…this little boy was recovered and brought home safely to his family,” Manatee County, Florida Sheriff’s Detective Todd Sellitto wrote in a memo after the A Child Is Missing alert calls led to the boy’s recovery on October 13, 2008. On that day, Detective Sellitto activated the Alert Program to assist in the search for a six year old missing from the 2600 block of Cortez Road West in Bradenton. One of the alert calls was received by a woman working in a real estate office in the 5300 block of 34th Street West. She saw the boy depicted in the alert message description riding his bicycle in the parking lot adjacent to her office and called the Sheriff’s Office.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, October 07, 2008

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Duval County, FL Sheriff’s Office -On October 7, 2008, Detective Richardson of the Duval County, Florida Sheriff’s Office called A Child Is Missing seeking help in the search for a 16 year old girl, possibly in need of medical assistance, who had gone missing early that morning. Nearly 3,000 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 1100 block of Dawn Creek Court in Jacksonville where the child had last been seen. “The missing female and another runaway were recovered,” Detective Richardson said. “The juveniles were located in a public park the following morning,” he said, “a citizen who received the call saw them sleeping in the park, recognized the clothing description of the female who was reported missing, and called the Police.”

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Location: Bonifay, FL

Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, July 01, 2008

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Holmes County, Florida Sheriff’s Sergeant Eddie Eaton activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program on the afternoon of July 1, 2008 seeking assistance in locating a missing 57 year old woman who was thought to be in need of medical assistance. Twelve hundred alert calls were placed in the vicinity of the 2000 block of Landing Cove Road in Westville. According to Lieutenant Chris Wells, this resulted in approximately 12 calls with information to the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office. Ultimately the missing man was located at the house of a friend who didn’t know authorities were looking for him.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Children - Recovered: Monday, June 30, 2008

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When a nine year old boy went missing on a bicycle from the 3600 block of Smithfield Street in Jacksonville, Florida at 7:45am on June 30, 2008, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office contacted A Child Is Missing. Four waves of alert calls were launched in the areas of Smithfield Street and the 5800 block of West University Boulevard in Jacksonville—totaling more than 10,000 alert calls. A family friend received one of the alert calls unaware the child had been reported missing and the boy was reunited with his family

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Location: Tavares, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Thursday, June 19, 2008

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Tavares, FL (Lake County) – Shortly after 2:00 pm on Monday, June 19, 2007, the Lake County, Florida Sheriff’s Office received a call from someone who had heard the alert call launched by A Child Is Missing and subsequently seen the missing 12 year old girl for whom they had been looking. The girl was last seen at approximately 11:00am that day and Lake County Sheriff’s Sergeant Hardin called A Child Is Missing and spoke with Technician Ron Bannis at 1:06pm. Bannis took the pertinent information, mapped the area in Sanford, Florida from where the girl had gone missing, recorded the alert message, and launched in excess of 1,400 alert calls. These calls resulted in two calls to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office—one of which led deputies directly to the missing girl

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Location: Tavares, FL

Children - Recovered: Saturday, May 03, 2008

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Tavares, Florida (Lake County)Police Department “This service worked perfectly,” said Tavares, Florida Police Lieutenant David Myers after the A Child Is Missing (ACIM) Alert Program helped his agency located a missing 14 year old girl on May 3, 2008. She went missing at 4:00pm that day from the 500 block of Fern Avenue in Tavares just before Police called A Child Is Missing for assistance. After more than 3,500 alert calls were placed, the “child was located several blocks from the child’s residence shortly after ACIM began making calls,” Lieutenant Myers said.

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Location: Ft.Lauderdale, FL

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Broward County) Police Department When two seven year old girls went missing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on the evening of April 23, 2008, Fort Lauderdale Police called A Child Is Missing. Nearly 4,000 alert calls were launched in two phases in the area surrounding the 2300 block of Northwest 13th Court in that city. Though Fort Lauderdale Police received 10-20 calls from citizens with information as a result of the A Child Is Missing alert calls, it was one call in particular that led to the safe recovery of both girls.

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Location: Lake Placid, FL

Children - Recovered: Monday, March 24, 2008

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Lake Placid, FL (Highlands County) Police Department - On March, 24, 2008 a 15 year old boy went missing from Lake Placid, Florida. Lake Placid Police called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program to help in the search. More than 3,000 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 200 block of Green Dragon Drive in Lake Placid where the boy had last been seen. Two calls from the community were placed by residents to Lake Placid Police and the boy was located.

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Location: Davie, FL

Missing Disabled - Recovered: Sunday, February 17, 2008

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Davie, FL (Broward County) - At 4:00pm on February 17, 2008 a woman in need of medical assistance went missing from the 5900 block of Stirling Road in Davie, Florida. After less than 2,500 alert phone calls were launched by the A Child Is Missing Alert Program, more than 30 calls from alerted citizens were placed to Davie Police. Several of these calls led police to the whereabouts of the woman.

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Location: Margate, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Monday, January 28, 2008

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Margate, FL (Broward County) – “Many residents in the complex and adjoining neighborhoods came out in response to the calls and police presence,” said Margate, Florida Police Officer Maldonado after his agency activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program on January 28, 2008 regarding a missing 10 year old boy. “It did, indeed, become a complete neighborhood effort,” Maldonado said. At approximately 2:15pm the boy went missing, Margate police called the Alert Program about two hours later, A Child Is Missing launched nearly 4,000 alert calls, and the boy was ultimately found hiding in the bushes nearby watching the police activity he had created. He was then safely returned to his parents.

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Location: Eastpoint, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Saturday, January 05, 2008

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East Point, FL (Franklin County) - In response to less than 500 alert calls launched by A Child Is Missing, Franklin County, Florida Sheriff’s Deputies received “dozens” of calls from members of the community who had been alerted by A Child Is Missing regarding two girls who had gone missing. As a direct result of those calls, deputies located the children, and reunited them with their families—just hours after they went missing at 11:00pm on January 5, 2008

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Location: Naples, FL

Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, January 05, 2008

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On the night of January 4, 2008, the Collier County, Florida Sheriff’s Office was working a case of a missing 73 year old man who was in need of medical attention. He had been seen last in the 300 block of 7th Street North in Naples, Florida and the Sheriff’s Office called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program. The next morning, after regaining his faculties, the man phoned a neighbor from Coral Gables, Florida—approximately 120 miles from Naples. The neighbor, knowing the man had been reported missing, called the Collier County Sheriff’s Office to tell them where the man was.

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Location: Vero Beach, FL

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, December 04, 2007

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Shortly after 5:00pm on December 4, 2007, the Indian River County, Florida Sheriff’s Office phoned A Child Is Missing regarding an 11 year old boy who had gone missing earlier that day. The Alert Program placed nearly 4,000 calls in the area surrounding the 8000 block of 126th Lane in Sebastian, Florida where the child had last been seen. One of the people who received an alert call, contacted the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office and informed them the child had been in an argument at school that day and was afraid to return home. Armed with this information, Deputies were able to locate the boy unharmed.

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Location: Ft.Lauderdale, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Sunday, September 16, 2007

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Hollywood, FL (Broward County) – A 10 year old habitual runaway went missing in Hollywood, Florida on the morning of September 16, 2007 and the Broward Sheriff’s Office was concerned for his safety. Deputy Sanchez activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program causing residents to be on the lookout for the boy. One resident saw the boy near a park by his home and contacted the Broward Sheriff’s Office—enabling the boy’s safe return

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Location: Naples, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, August 23, 2007

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Naples, FL (Collier County) – On August 23, 2007, the Collier County SO called A Child Is Missing to help locate a missing elderly person in need of medical assistance. An ACIM technician obtained all pertinent information and launched over 1,738 phone calls out into the community. The individual was located approximately three days later after being seen by someone who had received an Alert Call. Detective Scott Peterson credited ACIM with a “Great job as always!” after the subject was returned home safely.

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Location: Avon Park, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Sunday, August 19, 2007

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Avon Park, FL (Highlands County) – On August 19, 2007, the Avon Park PD recovered a three year old child who had left his home and didn’t know how to get back. The child remained in custody for 30 minutes when A Child Is Missing was contacted resulting in 50 phone calls being received back to the dispatch center from residents. One area resident recognized the child’s description and located a relative with whom the child was living who was unaware that the child had even left. Approximately one and one-half hours later the child was safely returned home.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Monday, August 06, 2007

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Jacksonville, FL (Duval County) - On August 6, 2007, an elderly person went missing from his home at 4:15 p.m. The Jacksonville SO called A Child Is Missing and 1,167 Alert Calls were placed to area residents/businesses. Approximately one hour later, the individual was found safe only 8/10ths of a mile from his home due to leads received by the Sheriff’s Office

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Location: Tallahassee, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, July 05, 2007

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Tallahassee, FL (Leon County) – After searching for a missing elderly woman in need of medical assistance for approximately one hour, the Tallahassee, Florida Police Department activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program and the woman was located within five minutes. Though police received only one phone call as a result of the nearly 6,000 alert calls launched—that call led police to the woman. Tallahassee Police Officer Kathy McDaris worked the case on the afternoon of Thursday, July 5, 2007.

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Location: Coral Springs, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Monday, June 25, 2007

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Coral Springs, FL (Broward County) – 6/25/2007 - A man in Broward County Florida had received the alert message from A Child Is Missing and later saw the 76 year old man with dementia and Alzheimer’s and called the Coral Springs Police Department. The man ensured he kept the missing man in his view until Coral Springs officers arrived. Ultimately Police reunited the man with his family as a result of the alert calls

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Location: Hallandale Beach, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Thursday, June 21, 2007

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Hallandale Beach, FL (Broward County) - When a Hallandale Beach Police Department detective phoned the A Child Is Missing Alert Program shortly after 3:30 on the afternoon of June 21, 2007, the 12 year old for whom they had been searching was missing for over 28 hours. After more than 7,600 alert calls from the Alert Program were placed in the area surrounding Three Islands Boulevard, where the child lived, the child was safely located hiding at a friend’s house.

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Location: DeLand, FL

Missing Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, June 19, 2007

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New Smyrna Beach, FL (Volusia County) – 6/19/07 - A mentally challenged 25 year old woman had wandered from home unnoticed and, after exhausting all leads, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Al Perrotta called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program. “Within one hour of the [alert] phone call, [the missing woman] was back home safe,” Perrotta said. Over 5,000 alert calls were launched in New Smyrna Beach where the woman was last seen. Having been missing for nearly eight hours when A Child Is Missing received the call from Sergeant Perrotta, the alert calls reached out to the community and located her within an hour

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Location: West Palm Beach, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Tuesday, June 19, 2007

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West Palm Beach, FL (Palm Beach County) – Palm Beach County, Florida Sheriff’s Deputy Vanner called the A Child Is Missing Alert Program at 4:08pm on Sunday, June 18, 2007 to request the assistance of the Alert Program for a missing girl in West Palm Beach, Florida. The girl had been missing since the previous evening and deputies had little success in locating anyone with information about her. It wasn’t until June 19th, the day after the alert calls and two days after the girl had gone missing, that a tip came into Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office as a result of the A Child Is Missing alert calls—a tip that led investigators to the missing girl.

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Location: Tallahassee, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, June 14, 2007

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Tallahassee, FL (Leon) – On Thursday, June 14, 2007 shortly after 4:00 pm one of the alert calls launched by A Child Is Missing reached the home where an 88 year old missing woman happen to be—prompting her return to her home. An hour-and-a-half earlier, Tallahassee, Florida Police Officer Glenn Skaarhaug had called A Child Is Missing technician Ron Bannis and requested assistance in the search for the woman who was in need of medical assistance. After receiving several calls from concerned residents with information, Tallahassee PD reported back to A Child Is Missing that the woman had returned home as a direct result of the alert calls

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Location: Boynton Beach, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Monday, May 07, 2007

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Boynton Beach, FL (Palm Beach County) – A 72 year old man went missing from his home on May 7, 2007 at approximately 5:25 PM. The Boynton Beach Police Department utilized the A Child Is Missing (ACIM) Alert Program to help located the missing man. Over 1500 calls were placed in the neighborhood. Officer Zampini stated “We received calls spotting the missing man. He was located at approximately 6:00 PM.”

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Location: Miami, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Thursday, November 30, 2006

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Miami, FL (Miami/Dade County) – On November 30, 2006, at approximately 5:30 PM, the Miami Dade Kendall Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing to ask for assistance with a missing child. Officer Christopher Alfonso gave the ACIM technician a full description of the missing 9 year old boy, along with the last known location, allowing the technician to pin point an appropriate calling radius. Within minutes over 1600 phones began ringing in the community. One called received by a resident resulted in the safe recovery of the youth. Officer Alfonso said, “Resident received a phone call with the description; observed juvenile on the street matching description; returned juvenile back home.”

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Location: Sarasota, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, September 23, 2006

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Sarasota, FL - On September 23, 2006, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office began a search for a 78 year-old woman who had gone missing from her assisted care facility—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 her home by the A Child Is Missing alert program. Upon taking the report, the Lt. Joe Haynes 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 she was last seen area was ringing with calls requesting those in the area to check their yards and complexes for the missing elderly woman. Many neighbors came out and assisted in the search for her, and were safely recovered approximately 2 miles from where she was last seen. Lt. Haynes was quoted as saying “We received many comments in person from businesses and citizens who received calls and were actively searching their areas. We had an outstanding response, and outcome due to your service.”

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Location: Pembroke Pines, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, April 29, 2006

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Pembroke Pines, FL - On April 29, 2006, an elderly woman with Alzheimer's was reported as missing from her home in Pembroke Pines (Broward County), FL. Det. Arcuri of the Pembroke Pines PD contacted A Child Is Missing contacted by with information regarding the woman's absence, a description of the woman and the region. Approximately 1400 calls were placed in the vicinity of the woman's last known location, asking for citizens to be aware that this person was missing and to look over their property for her. Of the responders, one call led to her recovery - the responder observed the missing person, and after getting the alert, contacted the police, leading officials to return her to her home.

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Location: Miami, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Friday, April 21, 2006

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Miami, FL (Miami-Dade County) - On April 21, 2006, a seventy-year-old man was reported missing from his home in Miami (Miami-Dade County), FL. A Child Is Missing was contacted by Officer Walthour of the Miami-Dade County SO (Miami Gardens District), who reported a full description of the missing man to be broadcast to the community in the hope that a neighbor might have information leading to the recovery of the missing man. A Child Is Missing alerted 580 homes and businesses in the region surrounding where the man was last seen. Miami-Dade County received multiple calls from people in the area, including one person who had seen the man earlier that morning, and provided an updated clothing description and direction of travel. After hearing the alert, the neighbor notified the police, leading them to recover the missing man shortly after first contacting A Child Is Missing

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Location: DeLand, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Saturday, April 15, 2006

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Deltona, FL (Volusia County) – On the night of April 14, 2006, Volusia County, Florida Sheriff’s Deputies were searching for a missing boy. Sergeant Frost called A Child Is Missing and alert calls were launched in Deltona, Florida. The next day, a resident called the Sheriff’s Office and said they had seen the missing boy at a specific address. Deputies responded to that address and found the boy safely

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Location: Jacksonville, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Thursday, March 23, 2006

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Jacksonville, FL (Jacksonville County) – When a boy ran away on March 23, 2006 in Jacksonville, Florida, the Jacksonville County Sheriff’s Office called A Child Is Missing. That afternoon in excess of 1,000 alert calls were launched in search of the boy. It wasn’t until the next morning that the Sheriff’s Office received a call from the parent of a child who had permitted the run away to sleep at his house. Ultimately the run away child was safely returned home.

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Location: Hollywood, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Friday, February 03, 2006

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Hollywood, Broward County, FL – Hollywood Police Department - An elderly person was missing from a nursing home around 8:30 a.m. His disappearance was not reported until noon. Calls went out for hours. A neighbor reported seeing the man walking around the same street several times and called police. We have had several of these cases with like results

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Location: Tallahassee, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Thursday, January 05, 2006

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Brevard, NC / Orlando, FL – January 5, 2006, A missing North Carolina teenager who was believed to have been abducted by her uncle and taken to Florida has been found. A telephone alert, sent out by Fort Lauderdale-based A Child is Missing, helped snare Samuel Lively hours after he applied for work in Orlando. Lively was spotted on US 441 near Sheridan Street in Hollywood, FL and another sighting was reported near Hillsboro Blvd in Deerfield Beach, FL. Within Days of the sightings, over 45,000 calls were placed to people in the two vicinities where the kidnapper and abductee were last seen. The alert was heard by a relative of Steve Campi, who had been telling friends and relatives about his trip hitchhiking from Georgia to Orlando and then from Orlando back home to Davie. Campi described the long trip with a man he later learned was Lively. Lively had no money, and Campi paid for the gas, Campi said. Campi described an older man with a much younger woman who had driven him over 11 hours in a pick up truck. One of Campi's relatives, who had received the alert, called authorities on Wednesday night. The U.S. Marshals, along with Davie police, checked on the tip. Campi pointed law enforcement to places Lively may be seeking work or shelter, he said. U.S. marshals checked a nearby pawnshop and found that Lively pawned some items at a shop at U.S. 441 and Stirling Road.U.S. Marshals called an Orlando day labor staffing company called Bayside Staffing, where Lively had filled out an application at around 5:30 a.m. Campi was relieved police were able to find Lively quickly. ''I'm glad everything worked out for the girl,'' Campi said. ''And she wasn't harmed because that would have been on my conscience.'' (Many thanks to the FDLE, U.S. Marshals, Miami Herald, and Local 10 news for success information)

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Location: Bradenton, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, December 08, 2005

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Bradenton, FL – On December 8, 2005, an elderly woman with Alzheimer's disease grew disoriented and wandered away from her assisted-care living facility in Bradenton (Manatee County), Florida. When she didn't arrive for supper, the nurse called the Manatee County SO, which in turn utilized the A Child Is Missing Alert program to assist in her rapid and safe recovery. The Manatee County SO gave ACIM a full description of the missing woman, which they in turn broadcast as 1894 alert calls across the region where she was last seen and thought to be headed. Of the fifty to a hundred calls from the people in the area wanting to help in the search, four gave detailed information by having seen a woman meeting her clothing description walking along the side of the road, ultimately resulting in her recovery within 30 minutes of the alert calls being placed.

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Location: Milton, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Monday, November 28, 2005

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Milton, FL –On November 28, 2005, a 10-year old boy ran away from his home in Milton (Santa Rosa County), Florida in order to avoid punishment for misbehaving at school. The parents called the Milton PD when their son didn't return from school as scheduled, and Milton PD promptly utilized A Child Is Missing as a tool to help recover the runaway. After getting detailed information regarding the child's appearance and last known location, ACIM placed 2194 alert calls over the region, resulting in numerous calls back with useful leads to guide the police in recovering the child. The runaway was reunited with his parents safely and in time for dinner.

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Location: Ft Myers, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, October 25, 2005

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Fort Myers, FL (Lee County) – On October 25, 2005, an eighty-year-old woman was reported missing to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office during the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma. After determining the validity of the case, Becky Creghan contacted ACIM to place alert calls over the area where the missing woman had last been seen. A Child Is Missing alerted 3243 homes nearby, and received five calls back regarding the case. One of those callbacks was a Husband and Wife that had received the alert, and had located the missing woman lying in the woods two blocks from her home. They contacted the police and she was transported to a medical facility. She was recovered in good condition. Becky Creghan was quoted as having said, “I want to thank you so much for having such an efficient program as this. Your staff is very professional and helpful.”

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Location: DeLand, FL

Found Child - Recovered: Friday, September 02, 2005

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Volusia County, FL – Volusia County Sheriffs Office - 10-year-old mentally impaired twin boys wandered off without their parents’ knowledge. One resident received a call from ACIM and phoned the mother with the information that led the police to the recovery of the boys who were found in the woods.

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Location: Tallahassee, FL

Missing Disabled - Recovered: Friday, September 02, 2005

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Tallahassee, Leon County, FL – Tallahassee Police Department - The police department requested ACIM’s assistance on a case involving a 12-year-old mentally disabled boy who had last been seen at 9:30 pm the previous night. ACIM sent out calls to the area around his home, as well as to a wooded neighborhood south of his home. The police department began receiving calls, and located the boy near the wooded area to the south of his home.

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Location: Stuart, FL

Missing Disabled - Recovered: Friday, September 02, 2005

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Martin County, FL – Stuart Police Department - An 18-year-old with the mentality of a five-year-old decided to take a bike ride away from his family. ACIM placed over 1,000 calls and stayed in touch with the police. As the calls came in reporting sightings, the police followed the trail and located the boy.

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Location: Tallahassee, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Friday, September 02, 2005

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Leon County, FL – Leon County Sheriffs Office - ACIM assisted in locating a 90-year-old man with Alzheimer’s who had been missing since 9 pm the previous night.

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Location: Miami, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Friday, September 02, 2005

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Dade County, FL – Miami-Dade Police Department.-Kendall District - An elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s had been reported missing. ACIM was contacted with his description and last seen time/place. Over 4,600 calls were sent out during the search effort. One woman who received a call asked her daughter to look around for the man, and the daughter did locate the man. She contacted police with his location and he was successfully recovered.

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Location: Okeechobee, FL

Found Child - Recovered: Friday, September 02, 2005

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Okeechobee County, FL – Okeechobee Sheriffs Office - ACIM generated the lead that found the parents of a 2-year-old child. The child had been found on the roadway in pajamas, and the Sheriff’s office called us for assistance in locating the child’s parents.

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Location: Ft.Lauderdale, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, September 02, 2005

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Broward County, FL – Broward Sheriffs Office - A 3-year-old child was abducted from her home on a Sunday morning. Calls began at 9:05 a.m. to the area around the home. People responded and searched for the child. She was found at 10:45 a.m., 10 ½ blocks from her home (in the calling area). We believe the abductor was made aware of the search and released her in a vacant field and a nearby person heard her cry and found her. It is believed that the suspect was later captured after he abducted and raped a 10-year-old in Nov. 2000 in the same area.

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Location: Miami Beach, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, September 02, 2005

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Miami Beach, Dade County, FL – Miami Beach Police Department - On Thanksgiving Eve a 9-year-old boy decided to stay at a friend’s house without telling his mother. Police called ACIM the next morning and calls went out. Within 20 minutes police found the child walking down the street.

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Location: Plantation, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, September 02, 2005

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Plantation, Broward County, FL – Plantation Police Department - Two boys, about 9 years old, left home and walked to a neighboring community. Through phone calls, the police were able to locate the boys, who had been sighted along the way.

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Location: Pembroke Pines, FL

Found Child - Recovered: Friday, September 02, 2005

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Pembroke Pines, Broward County, FL – Pembroke Pines Police Department - A teenager was struck by a car while crossing a major thoroughfare and was taken to the hospital. He was in a coma and was not carrying any identification. The police department contacted ACIM and relayed the details of the case. ACIM generated over 6,000 calls to the vicinity giving a description of the boy. A resident who received one of the calls recognized the description of the boy and notified his mother of the incident, successfully reuniting him with his family.

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Location: Orange City, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Monday, June 06, 2005

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Volusia County, FL – Orange City Police Department - A child was reported missing to ACIM at 5:00am. 585 calls dispatched. Residents in the area answered over half of the calls. Information from those leads lead to the later recovery of the little girl.

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Location: Boynton Beach, FL

Missing Disabled - Recovered: Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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Boynton Beach, FL (Palm Beach County) - On May 18, 2005, a 50-year-old man with diminished mental capacity was reported missing from a rest home in Boynton Beach, Florida. Officer Roper of the Boynton Beach Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing and reported a full description to be distributed via telephone. A Child Is Missing placed 3197 calls over the area where the missing man was last seen walking, and of the calls back, a call recipient reported seeing the gentleman on a nearby street corner. A unit was dispatched to investigate, and the man was recovered walking down the road near where the caller had reported the sighting.

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Location: Vero Beach, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Monday, May 16, 2005

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Vero Beach, FL (Indian River County) – On May 16, 2005, a 90-year-old man with Alzheimer’s was reported missing from his assisted care facility in Vero Beach, Florida. Officer Paul Button of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office called and initiated the ACIM Alert. A Child Is Missing placed 6381 calls over the areas where the missing man was last seen. Approximately 40 informative calls came in as a result, including one from a person who gave the man a ride to the bus station. The missing gentleman was recovered in Jacksonville approximately an hour after the calls went out, and he was returned home in good condition.

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Location: Boynton Beach, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Saturday, May 14, 2005

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Boynton Beach, FL (Palm Beach County) - On May 14, 2005, an 11-year-old boy was reported missing from home in Boynton Beach, Florida. Officer Harris of the Boynton Beach Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing and reported a full description to be distributed via telephone. A Child Is Missing placed 1991 calls over the area where the missing child was last seen, and of the calls back, a call recipient noticed the boy approximately five miles from where he had been reported missing. The child was returned to his family quickly and in good health. Officer Harris was quoted as saying “This is the first time I personally have activated the A Child Is Missing Alert… I’m amazed and impressed! When I got to the neighborhood, residents who had got the calls were outside, all wanting to help.”

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Location: Chipley, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, May 06, 2005

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Washington County, FL - On May 6, 2005, a 16-year-old girl was reported missing to the Washington County Sheriff's Department (Florida), unsure as to if she was a runaway or abducted, due to conflicting reports from her friends. Dept. David Riley contacted ACIM and initiated a telephone alert. A Child Is Missing placed 1144 calls over the areas where the missing person was last seen and known to visit. One of the calls made it to the home she was hiding at, and mention of the police search over the phone applied the needed pressure for the subject to return home Deputy Riley was quoted as saying “The system works! Thank you for your help.”

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Location: Coral Springs, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, April 14, 2005

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Coral Springs, Broward County, FL – Coral Springs Police Department - An 84-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s was reported missing. ACIM sent out over 1200 calls to the community, asking for assistance in locating the woman. An employee at a retail business who had received one of the calls, contacted police alerting them of her whereabouts.

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Location: North Palm Beach, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, April 07, 2005

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North Palm Beach, FL (Palm Beach County) – North Palm Beach Police Department- On April 7, 2005, a 85-year-old-male with dementia and early-onset Alzheimer’s was found wandering the area of downtown North Palm Beach, Florida. Officer Wick of the NPB PD contacted A Child Is Missing and reported the situation. The found man was unable to remember where he was staying or even his own name, without the help of his ID card. A Child Is Missing placed 4533 calls to the vicinity of where the found man was picked up before being taken to the police station. NPB PD received approximately 100 calls from residents, including a neighbor who was aware that a family next door to him had family visiting from New York, including a man meeting the description read in the ACIM alert announcement. The man was returned to his family within two hours of the calls being launched.

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Location: Jupiter, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Tuesday, December 07, 2004

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Jupiter, FL - Jupiter Police Department - On December 7, 2004 a 12-year-old boy was reported missing from a school bus stop in Jupiter, Florida. Shortly after confirming the situation, Detective Amy Facchine of the Jupiter Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing. A Child Is Missing technician launched 1205 alert phone calls to homes and businesses in the area where the boy had last been seen, connecting the areas between his home, the bus stop, and the school. The Police Department received calls from residents, and one such reply got a confirmation of the child's location, by one of the other parents at the bus stop. This reestablished jurisdiction and the crime scene. The missing child was located approximately two hours after the calls were launched, on a vacant lot. He advised that he was chased by a pit bull, and remained in that location until the police came to pick him up. Detective Amy Facchine, at the Jupiter Police Department was quoted as saying "Your help was greatly beneficial - Thanks for such a *great* resource."

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Location: Orlando, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, November 18, 2004

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Orlando, FL - Orlando Police Department - November 18, 2004 a 70-year-old Alzheimer's patient was reported missing in Orlando, Florida. Detective Jennifer Williamson of the Orlando Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing Alert program requesting assistance. Time was of the essence, as the missing woman was on heart medication, there was water in the area and could become easily disoriented due to dementia. A Child Is Missing technician launched 2765 alert phone calls to homes and businesses in the area where the woman had last been seen. The Police Department received numerous calls from residents, and she was returned to her family within an hour of the calls being placed

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Location: Pensacola, FL

Missing Disabled - Recovered: Monday, November 15, 2004

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Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Police Department - On November 15, 2004 an autistic 16-year-old girl on a bicycle was reported missing in Pensacola, Florida, after which Officer Donohoe of the Pensacola Police Department reported the information to A Child Is Missing. A Child Is Missing technician launched 2334 alert phone calls to homes and businesses in the area where the girl had last been seen, and along the path she was headed on her bicycle. The Police Department received several calls from residents, and the child was recovered approximately two hours after the notifications went out, about 23 miles from her home. The child had made the trip in the dark, and was sitting on the front porch of a person who had received the calls. He listened to the message on his answering machine again, confident that it was the girl in question and notified the police. Jimmy Donohoe, Crime Prevention Officer at the Pensacola police department was quoted as saying "Thanks so much for your program. We have used it before for Sexual Predator notification, but this was our first use with a missing child. IT WORKS GREAT!!"

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Location: Miramar, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Thursday, November 04, 2004

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Miramar, FL (Broward County) - Miramar Police Department - November 4, 2004 a 6-year-old girl was reported missing in Miramar, Florida. Officer Ganow of the Miramar Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing Alert program requesting assistance. A Child Is Missing technician launched 3244 alert phone calls to homes and businesses in the area where the child had last been seen. The Police Department received numerous calls from residents, including one from the parents of a schoolmate that brought her over for a visit. The police were notified and the parents were reunited with the child quickly

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Location: Miami Beach, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Thursday, May 13, 2004

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Miami Beach, Dade County, FL – Miami Beach Police Department - A boy who had not come home from school was reported missing at 5:30 pm. Approximately 20 minutes after the calls were made, the child was found on the street by police

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Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Tuesday, February 24, 2004

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New Smyrna Beach, FL - New Smyrna Beach Police Department – On February 24, 2004, an 11-year-old boy ran away after school, and was reported missing to A Child Is Missing by Sergeant Griffith. A Child Is Missing placed 1217 calls within a 1-mile radius. A woman doing some late night shopping at Wal-Mart saw the boy, and recognized his description from the phone calls ACIM placed earlier. She called the police and the child was safely recovered. Sergeant Griffith with the New Smyrna Police Department said, “A Child Is Missing’s participation in this case lead to the fast recovery of this eleven year old boy. Thanks […] for all of the help resulting in this positive outcome!”

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Location: Pembroke Pines, FL

Found Disabled - Recovered: Wednesday, February 11, 2004

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Pembroke Pines, FL (Broward County) – Pembroke Pines Police Department – On February 11, 2004, a 55-year-old woman was found disoriented and incoherent in a garbage receptacle; she had no identification on her. A Child Is Missing placed 1589 calls to the vicinity giving a detailed description of the woman. Pembroke Pines Police Department received calls from residents who were able to identify her. She was returned home safely. Detective Curtis with the Pembroke Pines Police Department said, "The A Child Is Missing program is a great tool for law enforcement. It helped us greatly."

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Location: Port Orange, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Wednesday, December 24, 2003

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Port Orange, FL - Port Orange Police Department - On December 24, 2003, a 75-year-old man with Alzheimer’s was reported missing by Sergeant Brodie to ACIM. One citizen had received the call, shortly after saw the man and contacted the police department. The missing man was recovered shortly afterward. Sergeant Brodie commented on the case, "While searching the area we had several citizens come out and say they had received a call and they were checking around their neighborhoods for the missing subject."

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Location: Winter Haven, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, November 14, 2003

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Winter Haven, FL – Winter Haven Police Department - On December 14, 2003, a 12-year-old deaf boy was reported missing by Sergeant Jim Jones. ACIM was activated. One of his friends heard the message and knew where the boy was; he was approximately six blocks south of where the incident was reported and was returned safely home. Sergeant Jones commented on the case, “A direct result of your calls sent out yielded to several leads, one that resulted in locating the missing boy. On behalf of this agency, thank you for your assistance and contribution. You provided the necessary tool to stimulate community involvement.”

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Location: Miramar, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, October 21, 2003

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Miramar, FL (Broward County) - Miramar Police Department – An 81-year old elderly woman was reported missing. The Miramar police department sent out aviation, helicopter, and K-9 units in search for the missing woman. The officer on the scene contacted ACIM. ACIM sent out over a thousand phone calls in the immediate vicinity. A caller identified the woman from the ACIM recorded message. It was ACIM’s efforts that lead to the safe recovery of the missing person.

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Location: Bradenton, FL

Missing Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, June 24, 2003

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Bradenton, Manatee County, FL – City of Bradenton Police Department - The description of the woman was not complete from the department, only that she was walking a 14 pound white dog. After 1379 telephone calls went out, approximately 30 calls came back to the station. A caller notified police with the sighting of a woman in a pink dress walking her white dog. This improved the profile of the missing person. Law enforcement found her on the street walking her dog, not knowing where she was. She was safely returned to her residence in Bradenton.

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Location: Miami, FL

Missing Disabled - Recovered: Saturday, March 01, 2003

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Dade County, FL – City of Miami Police Department - A mentally disabled boy and his family were in town from Orlando for the Calle Ocho Festival. The boy became separated from his family and was reported missing. The City of Miami Police Dept. notified ACIM and over 7,600 phone calls were sent out asking for assistance in locating the boy. Two callers provided information that they had seen the boy sitting at a bus stop, which centered the search on area bus stops and bus terminals. The boy was recovered at a bus terminal where he was en route to Orlando.

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Location: Vero Beach, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Saturday, March 01, 2003

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Vero Beach, Indian River County, FL – Vero Beach Police Department - A teenager staying at a hotel on the beach with his family had been reported missing. ACIM sent out over 600 calls to the area. An individual working at another beachside motel received one of the calls. As soon as he hung up the phone, he looked out a window and saw the missing juvenile. He notified police and the boy was returned safely to his parents.

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Location: St. Augustine, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Wednesday, January 01, 2003

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St. Augustine, St. Johns County, FL – St. Augustine Police Department - A distraught adolescent girl needing medications was reported missing, and the St. Augustine Police contacted ACIM with the details of the case. ACIM generated over 1,100 calls to the area last seen, as well as potential areas she could be headed to. The Communications division received at least a dozen calls from concerned citizens, one call leading police to the missing child. She was safely recovered and is getting the help she needs

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Location: Miami, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Wednesday, January 01, 2003

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Dade County, FL – Miami-Dade Police Department - An elderly man had taken his dog for a walk and failed to return. He was reported missing and ACIM was contacted. Over 1,200 phone calls were sent out to the area. One call recipient had seen the man with his dog and relayed the information to the police. The detective in charge went to the location reported and was able to recover the man and his dog. The detective was quoted “Could not have found individual without your help. Thanks.”

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Location: Palatka, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Sunday, December 01, 2002

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Palatka, Putnam County, FL – Palatka Police Department - A young girl from out of state was visiting the area and went out for a bike ride and did not return. She was reported missing and the Palatka Police Dept. contacted ACIM with her description and time/place last seen. ACIM sent out over 900 calls to the community, generating in excess of 50 calls from residents. The calls were able to place the child in a certain area, and the Police were able to obtain a general direction of travel through the citizen tips. She was found approximately 5 miles away 2 hours later.

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Location: Bradenton, FL

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, September 01, 2002

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Bradenton, Manatee County, FL – Bradenton Police Department - An 89-year-old resident of an assisted living facility wandered away from the facility. Employees at the facility had searched the building and property extensively before they called the police to report her missing. The police department notified ACIM of the missing elderly woman and calls were sent out to the residences and businesses in the vicinity. One phone call was received by employees of a local furniture store, which led workers to look around and discover the woman sitting in their warehouse, which is located about a quarter-mile from her home.

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Location: Tallahassee, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Sunday, September 01, 2002

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Tallahassee, Polk County, FL – Tallahassee Police Department – A 12-year old boy was reported missing to ACIM two hours after he was last seen. ACIM notified citizens in the area. A neighbor observed a lone child running through the woods while driving home. When she arrived, she received the ACIM recorded message on her answering machine. She contacted the police in her area. As a result, Police found the missing boy shortly afterwards

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Location: Eagle Lake, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Monday, July 01, 2002

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Eagle Lake, Polk County, FL – Eagle Lake Police Department - A 14-year-old girl had been reported missing by her mother. The girl had last been seen at 8:30 in the evening. The Eagle Lake Police Department contacted ACIM with the details of the case upon receiving the report from the mother. ACIM generated over 1500 calls to the neighborhood the girl had last been seen in as well as her home neighborhood. The police department received several calls from residents who had seen the girl, resulting in her recovery.

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Location: DeLand, FL

Missing Disabled - Recovered: Wednesday, May 01, 2002

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Volusia County, FL – Volusia County Sheriff’s Office - A 50-year-old woman with cerebral palsy was reported missing after not returning from an early morning walk. The Sheriff’s Office contacted ACIM with the details of the case, and ACIM sent over 2700 calls to residences and businesses in the area. A short time after the calls were placed, someone who received the message called the Sheriff’s Office to report where they had seen the woman. The woman was located approximately 2:30 pm, and was taken home after examination by EVAC paramedics.

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Location: Miami, FL

Children - Recovered: Friday, April 19, 2002

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Miami Lakes/Carol City Police. Two boys, ages six and nine were reported missing to ACIM by the Police Department. ACIM immediately placed 635 calls. The leads generated from this campaign lead to the safe recovery of the two boys.

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Location: Tavares, FL

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, February 01, 2002

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Lake County, FL – Lake County Sheriffs Office - There had been an attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl from a school bus stop. The attempt was not successful, but was the third incident of this type in a short period of time. The girl was able to give a detailed description of the vehicle and one of the suspects. The agency relayed this information to us and we generated calls to the area giving the description in an effort to locate the suspects before any harm came to children in the area. The suspects were located on a job site in a nearby town, independent of ACIM calls to the area, but several residents did call the Sheriffs Office to report sightings of the suspects.

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Location: Lake Placid, FL

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