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Location: Gray, GA

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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Jones County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office “People that lived in the area were able to work with the deputies in checking the residents in the area and lead us to the house she was located at,” wrote Dispatcher Ginger Stinson after she activated A Child Is Missing Alert on July 8, 2014. The Alert was activated for a 16 year old girl that had gone missing that evening. She was located safe over 10 miles away.

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Location: Atlanta, GA

Children - Recovered: Monday, April 28, 2014

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Atlanta, Georgia Police Department (Fulton County) Saturday, April 26, 2014, a 15 year old girl was reported missing from her home in Atlanta. There was concern for her safety as she was reported to suffer from PTSD. Investigator Burras activated A Child Is Missing and over 500 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses around the girl’s home. The alert assisted Police with the recovery of the girl approximately 2 days later.

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Location: Richmond Hill, GA

Children - Recovered: Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Richmond Hill, Georgia Police Department (Bryan County) On Thursday, April 24, 2014, Detective Sahlberg contacted A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency in the search of a runaway 14 year old girl. More than 1,500 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the Dogwood Avenue address where she had last been seen. In response, Police received numerous calls from residents with information, one of which was from a citizen who received the call and recognized the clothing description of the female who was reported missing, and called the Police. According to the case follow-up report from Corporal Robert Linton, “The first phone caller observed the runaway juvenile earlier on the date in question. A partial clothing description was provided. The runaway was located later same date, in like clothing.” That tip assisted officers in locating the girl safe, approximately two and a half miles away from where she had gone missing.

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Location: Pine Mountain, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Pine Mountain, Georgia (Harris County) Police Department “Smith was located in Twiggs County, GA on January 15, 2014. She was safely located by their Sheriff’s Deputies at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thanks for all of your assistance.” This was written by Chief Bramell of the Pine Mountain Police Department after activating A Child Is Missing Alert on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 15, 2014 to report a 76 year old woman missing. Upon activation, about 700 telephone alert calls were sent to the area, asking residents to contact The Police Department if they had any information on the woman’s whereabouts. In response, a tip was called in which assisted Police in locating the woman safe that night at a location in Twiggs County, over 100 miles away.

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Location: Canton, GA

Children - Recovered: Monday, December 30, 2013

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Cherokee County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office Monday, December 30th, 2013, Corporal Lavine called A Child Is Missing seeking assistance with his agency’s search for an 8 year old boy. The boy had last been seen at his home in Acworth at 3:40pm that day. Upon activation, over 2,800 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s Acworth home, asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the Sheriff’s Office. As a result of the Alert, several tips were received by the agency which assisted deputies in locating the boy safe on Poinsetta Drive about a mile away at 4:41pm that afternoon. The total time from activation to safe assisted recovery was 60 minutes, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Milledgeville, GA

Disabled - Recovered: Sunday, December 29, 2013

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Milledgeville, Georgia (Baldwin County) Police Department When Dispatcher Allen Cowart called A Child Is Missing on Sunday, December 29, 2013, it was to activate the Alert Program to assist the Milledgeville Police Department. They were searching for a 55 year old man who gone missing from the 500 block of North Jefferson Street in Milledgeville earlier that morning. The man had recently suffered a stroke, was diabetic and dependent on medication, which he had not yet taken that day. Shortly after 3,600 alert calls were placed in that area, the missing man returned home on his own accord, safe at 2:48pm. The search was called off, saving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Gaffney, GA

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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Cherokee County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office “Two calls came in, both saying the child was seen behind their houses approximately ¼ mile from home,” wrote Officer Peterson after he activated A Child Is Missing Alert on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 17, 2013. The missing child was a 12 year old reported missing from his home in Gaffney by his family and ACIM placed nearly 3,000 telephone alert calls to the rural area surrounding the home. The tips received as a result, assisted the agency in locating the child safe about a quarter mile away from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Atlanta, GA

Children - Recovered: Saturday, December 07, 2013

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Atlanta, Georgia Police Department (Fulton County) On Thursday, December 5, 2013, Detective Boyer called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program regarding a 12 year old girl who had gone missing the previous day. The girl had last been seen at her Grandmother’s home in Atlanta and A Child Is Missing Alert placed over 2,900 telephone alert calls surrounding the grandmother’s home. As a result of the alert, several tips were received with information regarding the whereabouts of the missing girl. This information eventually lead to assisting the Atlanta Police in locating the girl on Saturday, December 7th.

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Location: Commerce, GA

Children - Recovered: Friday, November 08, 2013

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Commerce, Georgia Police Department (Jackson County) November 8, 2013, Sergeant Jason Black, in conjunction with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 2 year old girl was missing from Commerce and there was concern for the girl’s safety as she was thought to have been abducted by an acquaintance of the family. The department also issued an Amber Alert. Over 1,300 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses in the area where the girl was last seen. The alert gave the description of the girl, the man the girl was last seen with and the vehicle they were in. According to the case follow-up report, more than 8 residents called in as a result of the alert and the tips received as a result in combination with the added resources assisted Police in locating the girl safe approximately 10 miles away.

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Location: LaGrange, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, October 20, 2013

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LaGrange, Georgia Police Department (Troup County) “The call out was successful, there was an abundance of calls with information. The man was located the next day wandering in the area,” said LaGrange, Georgia Police after the agency located an 80 year old man with dementia that had gone missing. The man had last been seen on October 20, 2013 at his home off of Youngs Mill Road in LaGrange and Officer Nunley quickly activated A Child Is Missing. With nearly 1,000 telephone alert calls quickly sent to the area, the man was found about a half mile away.

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Location: Thomasville, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, October 03, 2013

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Thomasville, Georgia Police Department (Thomas County) When a 75 year old man with Alzheimer’s disappeared while shopping at Wal-Mart on Thursday, October 3, 2013, Lieutenant Glover activated A Child Is Missing Alert. Upon activation, nearly 2000 telephone alert calls were placed surrounding both the Wal-Mart and the man’s home which was just across the state line in Monticello, Florida. In response the agency received several tips with sightings of the man from residents and business owners. These tips assisted Police in locating the man safe near his residence in Monticello, Florida about a half hour after activation.

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Location: Thomasville, GA

Disabled - Recovered: Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Thomasville, Georgia Police Department (Thomas County) Thursday, August 15, 2013 Lieutenant Glover called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 54 year old man with cognitive disabilities was reported missing from his home. Upon activation, over 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the area around the man’s home. In response the agency received several calls from the community which assisted Police in locating the man safe about 3 miles away.

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Location: Fairburn, GA

Children - Recovered: Sunday, July 28, 2013

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Fairburn, Georgia Police Department (Fulton County) When a non-custodial mother took her 1 year old son in Fairburn, Georgia on July 27, 2013, Police there quickly attempted to find the child. They had last been seen near an address in near Sugar Hill and were thought to be in a vehicle. Detective Cooper activated A Child Is Missing Alert which placed over 1,500 telephone alert calls in the area. The alert was received by persons familiar with the victim who then contacted mother’s family. This in turn resulted in the child being turned over safe to Police a short time later.

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Location: Canton, GA

Children - Recovered: Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Cherokee County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office When two boys, ages 11 and 12 went missing together on July 18, 2013, Sergeant Grier activated A Child Is Missing Alert. Nearly 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent surrounding an intersection in Canton where the boys had last been seen riding a bike. As a result of the Alert, several tips were received by the agency which assisted deputies in locating the boys safe, about 6 miles away.

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Location: Atlanta, GA

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Atlanta, Georgia Police Department (Fulton County) On Tuesday, July 16, 2013, Detective Boyer called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program regarding a 14 year old girl who had gone missing the previous day. The girl had last been seen sitting on the steps of her home in Atlanta and A Child Is Missing Alert placed nearly 1,200 telephone alert calls surrounding the girl’s home. The alert resulted in over 10 tips with information on the whereabouts of the girl. This information assisted Atlanta Police in locating the girl that afternoon safe in a nearby park about a mile away.

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Location: Vidalia, GA

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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Vidalia, Georgia Police Department (Toombs County) Tuesday, May 14, 2013, a 6 year old boy with autism was reported missing from his home in Vidalia. It was reported that he liked to hide but had never gone missing from his home before. Operator Wells activated A Child Is Missing to assist Officer Achendach at the scene and over 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the area. In response the agency received tips from the public that a boy matching the description was riding a bicycle in a nearby area. Police responded and located the boy safe. Total time from activation to safe recovery was under half an hour.

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Location: McDonough, GA

Children - Recovered: Friday, April 12, 2013

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Henry, Georgia Police Department (Henry County) Friday, April 12, 2013, a 16 year old girl with Asperger’s went missing from her home in in Stockbridge. Her family and Police were especially concerned for her safety due to stormy weather and there was a large creek behind her home. Sergeant Snook activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist and the initial alert along with an expansion of the calling area a short time later yielded over 1,500 telephone alert calls being sent to the region. Tips received as a result of the alerts assisted Police in locating the girl safe about 7 miles away.

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Location: Richmond Hill, GA

Children - Recovered: Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Richmond Hill, Georgia Police Department (Bryan County) “The alert directly assisted in locating the juvenile,” wrote Detective Sahlberg after he activated A Child Is Missing Alert on April 11, 2013. A 16 year old boy reported to be suffering from depression was reported missing from his home in the overnight hours. Nearly 500 telephone alert calls were launched which assisted Police in locating him safe about a half mile away.

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Location: Gray, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, March 31, 2013

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Jones County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office Sunday, March 31, 2013, a husband reported his 63 year old wife missing from the couple’s front yard. He stated he had gone inside for just a moment and when he came back outside, she was gone. The woman was diabetic and dependent on medication, which she had not taken yet that day. Dispatcher Smith activated A Child Is Missing to assist Lieutenant Moody at the scene and more than 1,800 telephone alert calls went to the search area in Hillsboro surrounding the woman’s home. In response, 12 residents called in with information, assisting Police in locating the woman safe about 3 miles away.

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Location: Canton, GA

Children - Recovered: Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Cherokee County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office Friday, March 29, 2013, Sergeant Ellis called A Child Is Missing seeking assistance with his agency’s search for an 11 year old boy. The boy had last been seen at his home in Woodstock at 12:00pm that day. A Child Is Missing placed over 1,300 telephone alert calls to the search area. Several area residents came out to assist with the search which assisted Police in locating the boy safe in a wooded area about a half mile away at 2:16pm that afternoon.

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Location: Gainesville, GA

Children - Recovered: Saturday, February 16, 2013

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Gainesville, Georgia Police Department (Hall County) “The alert lead to call from someone who saw the missing person earlier,” wrote Sergeant King after he activated A Child Is Missing Alert the night of February 15, 2013. A 15 year old girl believed to be in danger was missing from her home. It was nearing midnight but due to the concern for the girl’s safety, nearly 500 calls were sent surrounding the girl’s home asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to call Police. The alert assisted Police in locating the girl safe a short time later.

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Location: Waycross, GA

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, January 08, 2013

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Waycross, Georgia Police Department (Ware County) The afternoon of Tuesday, January 8, 2013, Assistant Director Debra Hendricks activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist the Waycross Police Department. A 12 year old boy with autism was missing from his home and although he did respond to his name, he was generally non-verbal. A Child Is Missing Alert placed nearly 1,200 telephone alert calls to the area where the boy was last seen. A large radius was selected because the boy was last seen riding his bike. In response, several residents called in to report sightings. These tips assisted Police in locating the boy safe about 2 miles away.

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Location: Tucker, GA

Children - Recovered: Saturday, December 08, 2012

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Dekalb County, Georgia Police Department The night of Saturday, December 8, 2012, a ten year old boy was reported missing when he was being punished. He was sent outside to get a ‘switch’ and never came back. Detective Gallegos activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency and over 950 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home, asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact Police. Information the agency received due to the alert calls assisted Police in locating the boy safe approximately 1 mile from his home.

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Location: Cartersville, GA

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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Cartersville, Georgia Police Department (Bartow County) The morning of Tuesday, October 2, 2012, Investigator Snodgrass called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 14 year old girl had been reported missing and concern for her safety was growing as she had not been seen for a few days. Over 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the area where the girl was last seen, giving her description and asking anyone with information about her to contact the Police Department. In response to the alert, a tip was called in that assisted Police in locating the girl safe that afternoon about 10 miles away.

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Location: Winder, GA

Children - Recovered: Friday, September 28, 2012

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Barrow County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office “The A Child Is Missing’s Alert Program assisted The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office in locating the child in the area where a caller last saw him,” wrote Sergeant Spalding after her agency activated The Alert on Friday, September 28, 2012. A 13 year old boy had gone missing after school and concern for his safety was increasing as it grew darker in the evening. After nearly 300 alert calls were sent to the rural area surrounding the boy’s home, a tip assisted Police in locating the boy safe at a nearby store.

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Location: McDonough, GA

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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Henry County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office On Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Supervisor Michelle Lunford of the Henry County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program regarding a 15 year old girl who had gone missing that morning. There was concern for her safety because she suffered from blackouts and was reported to have Asperger’s Syndrome. The girl had last been seen at her residence in Stockbridge and A Child Is Missing placed over 500 alert calls to the area surrounding that location. Those alert calls resulted in five calls to the Sheriff’s Office with information about the whereabouts of the girl. Ultimately, as a result of the alert calls, Henry County Sheriff’s Office personnel safely located the girl that afternoon approximately 5 miles from her home in the woods.

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Location: Waycross, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, September 06, 2012

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Ware County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office “Subject was located with the help of citizens who knew of the situation due to the alert. Thanks for all of your assistance.” This was written by Communications Officer Dana after activating A Child Is Missing Alert on the morning of September 5, 2012. A 69 year old man with dementia had been reported missing after he did not return from a hunting trip. He had not been seen for about 24 hours and concern for his safety was growing. Upon activation, about 100 telephone alert calls were sent to the rural area, asking residents to contact The Sheriff’s Office if they had any information on the man’s whereabouts. In response, nearly 30 residents called in. These calls helped deputies locate the man safe about 5 miles away from the point where he was last seen.

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Location: Uvalda, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Friday, August 17, 2012

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Uvalda, Georgia (Montgomery County) Police Department “A Child Is Missing Alert is a very important tool to law enforcement that provided a positive result in this case,” wrote Chief Lewis Smith. His agency activated the Alert on August 16, 2012 when a 67 year old man possibly in need of medical attention went missing from his home. Nearly 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to the area as part of a Maddy’s Call. In response, 2 tips were called in which helped Police track the man to a location in Orangeburg, South Carolina, over 150 miles away.

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Location: Newnan, GA

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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Newnan, Georgia (Coweta County) Police Department “Excellent system, thanks for all the help,” wrote Sergeant Wood after activating A Child Is Missing Alert on August 15, 2012. A 12 year old girl had been reported missing by her family and concern for her safety was growing as she had not been seen since the previous day. Upon activation, over 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to include the area around the girl’s home and a local mall she frequents. In response, 4 tips were received. A short time later the girl came home on her own after she heard about the alert calls.

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Location: East Point, GA

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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East Point, Georgia (Fulton County) Police Department The afternoon of July 10, 2012, Lieutenant McCullough called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 16 year old boy had run away from home and hadn’t been seen since July 1. There had been a sighting of the boy about 20 miles away in Stone Mountain and the agency was requesting alerts be sent out in Stone Mountain and near the boy’s residence. Nearly 1,200 alert calls were sent, giving the boy’s description and asking anyone with information to contact Police. That evening a tip came in from the Stone Mountain area and the boy was brought home safe to his mother.

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Location: Jonesboro, GA

Disabled - Recovered: Friday, July 06, 2012

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Clayton County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office The morning of Friday, July 6, 2012, Detective Chris Helton activated A Child Is Missing to assist his agency in locating a missing 19 year old girl. The girl suffered from diabetes, was mentally delayed and her family feared for her safety. Upon activation, over 980 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the girl’s Riverdale home, asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact the Sheriff’s Office. As a result, a tip came in from a citizen that spotted the girl at a local gas station. Deputies responded and located the girl safe about 5 miles from her home.

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Location: Lyons, GA

Silver Alert - Recovered: Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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Toombs County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office The night of Wednesday, June 27, 2012, Dispatcher Candice Mosley activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist Sergeant Wallis Thompson. The Sergeant was leading the search for a missing 86 year old woman suffering from dementia in Vidalia. Upon activation, more than 400 telephone alert calls were sent surrounding the woman’s rural home. In response, a few tips came in from area residents that assisted deputies in locating the woman safe that night.

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Location: Cartersville, GA

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, June 05, 2012

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Cartersville, Georgia (Bartow County) Police Department The A Child Is Missing Alert Program was called by Investigator Karla Sperling on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. She was seeking assistance in a search for a missing 14 year old boy who had gone missing the previous night. A Child Is Missing launched approximately 1,000 alert phone calls in the area of Brookside Court where the boy had last been seen. As a result, tips came into the department that helped Police locate the boy safe about 4 miles away the next day.

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Location: Canton, GA

Children - Recovered: Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Cherokee County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office The evening of Thursday, March 29, 2012, a 14 year old girl was reported missing from her home in Canton. It had been 4 hours since anyone had seen her and she did not have a cell phone with her. Furthermore, she had no friends within walking distance. Investigator Hands activated A Child Is Missing Alert and over 1,600 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the girl’s home. In response, a tip came from a resident that had seen the girl near a wooded area. This helped deputies to refocus the search area and ultimately the girl was located safe approximately one half mile away.

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Location: East Point, GA

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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East Point, Georgia (Fulton County) Police Department The afternoon of Tuesday, March 25, 2012, Lieutenant McCullough activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency in their search for a 15 year old boy. Over 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home asking anyone with information to contact Police. Shortly after activation, the boy’s parents were given information by the residents that had received the alert. The information enabled them to locate their son safe, and the search brought to an end.

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Location: Cartersville, GA

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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Cartersville, Georgia (Bartow County) Police Department A fifteen year old girl was reported missing after she hadn’t been seen for over three days on March 19, 2012. The girl was thought to have run away with another older girl. Lieutenant Ledbetter activated A Child Is Missing Alert giving the description of the missing girl as well as the older girl. Over 900 telephone alert calls were sent to the area asking anyone with information about the missing girl to contact Police. A tip came in as a result that helped Police to locate the girl safe that two days later approximately 3 miles away.

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Location: Dallas, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Friday, March 09, 2012

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Paulding County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office The afternoon of Thursday, March 8, 2012, Operator Melony Thompson called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert. A 61 year old man was missing from Lithia Springs and Officer Whritenour began a search for him. The man had not been seen since late the night before and concern for his safety was growing. More than 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to the area where the man was last seen, asking anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Office. The following morning, the man’s daughter called, stating that she was notified that the Police were searching for her father. The person that notified her had received the telephone alert call. The man was safe and with his daughter, and the search ended. This is a good example of how word of mouth can lead to a safe assisted recovery. Citizens helping each other to help law enforcement can save time, money and in some cases, lives.

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Location: Peachtree City, GA

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Peachtree City, Georgia (Fayette County) Police Department The morning of Wednesday, February 22, 2012, a 14 year old boy was reported missing in Peachtree City after when his family awoke and he was gone. Lieutenant Jenkins called A Child Is Missing to activate the alert and over 1,500 telephone alert calls were sent to the area surrounding the boy’s home, asking residents to be on the lookout and to contact Police if they had information. The child had gone to a friend’s home where he had spent the night. The friend’s mother received the alert and when she learned of the boy’s missing status, she contacted Police, ending the search.

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Location: Canton, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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Cherokee County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office “This service is awesome. Within 5 minutes of calls being initiated we learned that this missing male was picked up by a cab and taken to the Atlanta Airport.” This was written on the case follow-up by Sergeant Grier after activating A Child Is Missing Alert on February 15, 2012 in an effort to locate a missing 71 year old man suffering from dementia. Nearly 1,000 telephone alert calls were placed surround the area in Alpharetta where he was last seen. The tips enabled deputies to locate the man safe at the airport, 40 miles away.

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Location: Tucker, GA

Children - Recovered: Saturday, February 04, 2012

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Dekalb County, Georgia Police Department The morning of Saturday, February 4, 2012, two boys ages ten and eleven were reported missing after one of the boys jumped out of his mother’s car and ran off with the other. The two boys had a history of running away together and getting into trouble. Detective Dewberry activated A Child Is Missing Alert and nearly 1,000 telephone alert calls were sent to the area in Clarkston where they were last seen, asking anyone with information to call Police. In response, 5 tips were received that helped Police to locate the boys at a local mall at 9pm that evening. “Thank you for assisting in the safe return of the children,” wrote the Detective.

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Location: Norcross, GA

Children - Recovered: Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Norcross, Georgia (Gwinnett County) Police Department Early in the morning hours of Thursday, December 15, 2011, a 14 year old boy was reported missing from his home in Norcross. Officer Sobhani contacted A Child Is Missing Alert and more than 1,400 telephone alert calls were placed surrounding the boy’s home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, tips came in enabling Police to locate the boy safe, approximately 1 mile from his home.

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Location: Peachtree City, GA

Disabled - Recovered: Saturday, November 26, 2011

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Peachtree City, Georgia (Fayette County) Police Department On the evening of Saturday, November 26, 2011, a 53 year old man suffering from autism was reported missing from his home. It was growing dark and caregivers were becoming more concerned for his safety. Sergeant Smith activated A Child Is Missing Alert and more than 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to residents and businesses surrounding the man’s home, asking anyone with information to contact Police. In response, 4 calls with sightings of the man came in. Police responded and located the man safe, walking home about 6 miles away.

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Location: Columbus, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Columbus, Georgia (Muscogee County) Police Department The morning of Tuesday, September 27, 2011, Detective Campbell contacted A Child Is Missing Alert, requesting assistance in locating a missing 79 year old man reported to be undergoing treatment for cancer as well as suffering from dementia. The man had been travelling in his car between two addresses in Alabama and Georgia and it was uncertain where he was headed. Also, the man hadn’t been seen since September 6th, and investigators only had a few leads to go by, such as banking transactions. Using all of this information, it was decided that the best course of action was to place calls in two areas: one in Georgia near his residence and one in Alabama, where the banking transactions had occurred. Because of the dual calling areas, over 2,200 alert calls were placed. According to the case follow-up from Detective Campbell, upon the launch of the alert, several individuals called in with essential information. The information enabled the agency to locate the man, safe approximately 50 miles from where he had gone missing, and putting an end to the long search.

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Location: Johns Creek, GA

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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Johns Creek, Georgia (Gwinnett County) Police Department The morning of Wednesday, September 14, 2011, Sergeant Wilson called A Child Is Missing Alert requesting assistance in locating a missing 12 year old girl that hadn’t been seen since Tuesday night. After approximately 1,200 telephone alert calls were sent to the area where she was last seen, a case follow-up was sent out asking the agency if the person was located safe and if our calls were of value in the case. The following written response came back from Sergeant Wilson. “The alert raised awareness. It also gave the family confidence in our diligence, as they actually received the alert. A woman received the alert on her phone while at a red light. The child was walking in front of her. Awesome response! Thank you so much!”

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Location: Canton, GA

Disabled - Recovered: Sunday, September 11, 2011

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Cherokee County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office The morning of Sunday, September 11, 2011, a 66 year old woman was reported missing from her home in Ball Ground. The woman’s husband was especially concerned because the woman reportedly suffers from schizophrenia and had gone to bed upset the night before which is when he had last seen her. Detective Chagnon activated A Child Is Missing and because the area is rural, less than 100 telephone alert calls were placed covering nearly 2 square miles. In response, tips were received that led Police to an acquaintance’s home, approximately 1 mile away from her residence, where she was sitting on the front porch. Total time from activation to safe recovery was 30 minutes.

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Location: Tucker, GA

Children - Recovered: Saturday, August 06, 2011

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Dekalb County, Georgia Police Department On Saturday, August 6, 2011, a 9 year old boy was reported missing from his home in Decatur shortly after 9pm. Detective Richards activated A Child Is Missing Alert and more than 1,200 telephone alert calls were placed to the community surrounding the boy’s residence, asking anyone with information to contact Police. A friend of the family received the alert and spotted the boy near her home. She contacted Police and the boy was returned home, safe. Total time from activation to safe recovery was less than 30 minutes.

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Location: McRae, GA

Children - Recovered: Saturday, July 23, 2011

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Telfair County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office The morning of Saturday, July 23, 2011, a 15 year old boy was reported missing from his home in McRae and Investigator Yawn contacted A Child Is Missing to activate the alert. Within minutes, telephones in the boy’s neighborhood were ringing, giving the boy’s description and asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact Police. While the department did not receive tips from the public, the boy himself returned home after being informed of the telephone alert calls. “Thank you for the fast response to this incident, we will surely call on you again if need be,” wrote Investigator Yawn. “This is a great tool in our favor.”

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Location: McDonough, GA

Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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Henry, Georgia (Henry County) Police Department The night of Monday, April 18, 2011, Sergeant Fowler contacted A Child Is Missing seeking assistance in locating a 20 year old man with Down’s syndrome. The man had been missing from his residence in Stockbridge for over an hour. More than 1,300 telephone alert calls were placed surrounding the area in hopes that a neighbor or business owner might have seen him. Information from the alert calls lead officers directly to the man, who was found safe, 3 miles from where he went missing.

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Location: Gray, GA

Children - Recovered: Sunday, March 06, 2011

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Jones County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office The afternoon of Sunday, March 6, 2011, a 9 year old boy was reported missing from his home in Haddock. Lieutenant Moody activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist as his agency had done with successful results several times in the past. More than 800 alert calls went out to residents and businesses surrounding he boy’s home, asking anyone with information to contact The Sheriff’s Office. According to Lt Moody, the agency received more than 50 calls from residents. Citizens came out on foot and bicycle to assist in the search. Ultimately the boy was found when a neighbor returned home from a friend’s house where the missing boy happened to be playing with a friend. The man’s wife mentioned receiving the alert message and the man recognized the missing boy’s name and immediately contacted Police. “This is a great service,” Said Lieutenant Moody, “I have used A Child Is Missing several times. It reaches out to a lot of people quickly and brings great results.”

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Location: Chatsworth, GA

Children - Recovered: Saturday, February 12, 2011

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Murray County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office Saturday, February 12, 2011, Captain Ridley was leading the search for a missing 10 year old boy in a rural neighborhood of Chatsworth. He called A Child Is Missing’s toll free number to activate the alert and after giving a description and pertinent details to the technician, nearly 500 phones in the area were ringing asking anyone with information to contact Police. One of those calls went directly to a home approximately a half a mile away where the boy was playing with a friend unbeknownst to his family. Upon receiving the alert, the boy was immediately taken home safe. Total time from activation to safe recovery was less than 45 minutes, preserving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Columbus, GA

Children - Recovered: Friday, December 17, 2010

Story:

Columbus, Georgia (Muscogee County) Police Department The morning of Friday, December 17, 2010, The Columbus Police Department was searching for a 9 year old boy that had gone missing the previous evening after being disciplined. Sergeant Miles called A Child Is Missing to activate the alert and within minutes, more than 1,400 phones surrounding the boy’s address were ringing with alert calls. The alert asked anyone with information to contact Police. “The missing child was located on 12-17-2010 at about 1330 hours in the apartment complex in which he resides by a neighbor,” Sergeant Miles said. “The neighbor had received the ACIM alert. He was unharmed. Thanks for your assistance.”

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Location: Waycross, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Monday, October 25, 2010

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Ware County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office Monday, October 25, 2010, Sheriff Royal was leading the search for a 68 year old man suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The man had last been seen at 10 am that morning, near a church, riding a red four wheeler. It was nearing 5 pm and the man had not returned. The area is wooded and consists of several lakes, ponds and streams, so Police and family members grew concerned for the man’s safety. A Child Is Missing was activated to assist and due to the rural area, only 100 alert calls were placed surrounding a 13 square mile area where the man was last seen. “As a direct result of A Child Is Missing Alert,” said Sheriff Royal, “a resident found this man and contacted 911.”

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Location: Gray, GA

Disabled - Recovered: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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Jones County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office On Tuesday, June 22, 2010, Major Burnett notified the A Child Is Missing Alert of an autistic 30 year old man who had gone missing from a group home in Gray at 4pm. Because the area is very rural, only 222 alert calls were placed, covering a 10 mile radius. That was enough to reach the citizen that had given the man a ride. The alert system had called the citizen, but because he was not home, the system had left a message on his answering service. When he returned home, he heard the message, and immediately called Police. When Police went to the location where the citizen told Police he had dropped off the missing man, they discovered it to be an abandoned house. More alert calls were then placed around the abandoned house. Ultimately, the man was located safe, 30 miles from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Cordele, GA

Disabled - Recovered: Saturday, April 24, 2010

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Crisp County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office A 54 year old woman suffering from dementia went missing from Cordele on the afternoon of Saturday, April 24, 2010. Crisp County Sergeant/Investigator Williams called the A Child Is Missing Alert Program and more than 7,000 alert calls were launched in the area surrounding where the woman was last seen. Several calls to law enforcement came from citizens who had received the alert call and had information for Police. The woman was located safe approximately 4 miles from where she had gone missing. The total time from activation to safe assisted recovery was 80 minutes, thus preserving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Richmond Hill, GA

Child - Recovered: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Richmond Hill, Georgia (Bryan County) Police Department Wednesday, April 21, 2010, Lieutenant Strickland activated the A Child is Missing Alert to assist his agency in the search of a 15 year old boy who had run away the previous evening. Over 1,000 alert calls were placed surrounding a friend’s home where he had last been seen. In response to those alert calls, Police received many tips from fellow students, enabling Police to track the boy, until finally they located him safe at a shopping mall, 15 miles from where he had last been seen.

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Location: Tucker, GA

Child - Recovered: Tuesday, April 06, 2010

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Dekalb County, Georgia Police Department On Tuesday, April 6, 2010 Detective McNeil activated the A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency’s search for a missing 11 year old boy. The boy had become upset and packed his bags the previous evening and hadn’t been seen since. More than 4,000 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 3000 block of Buford Highway, where the boy had last been seen. In response, Police received three calls with information, one of which was a neighbor of the boy, who called and said his nephew had knowledge of the boy’s whereabouts. Ultimately, the boy was located safe at a community gym, one mile from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Columbus, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, December 24, 2009

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Columbus, Georgia (Muscogee County) Police Department A 75 year old man, thought to possibly be in need of medical attention, had gone missing from the 3900 block of Macon Road in Columbus, Georgia on December 23, 2009. He had gone missing before, but Police had checked the location he was found with no results. So the Columbus, Georgia Police Department activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program and more than 1,500 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the man had last been seen. One of the recipients of the alert call contacted Police to inform them he had given the missing man a ride to Richman, Georgia the day before. Following that information, the man was located shortly after 35 miles from where he had last been seen.

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Location: Douglasville, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, December 13, 2009

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Douglas County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office An 80 year old man with Alzheimer’s, who had also gone missing two years earlier, was again reported missing from the 8400 block of Flint Hill Road in Douglasville, Georgia—having last been seen on December 13, 2009 at 6:30pm. Time was particularly valuable as the man was thought to be in need of medical attention. A Child Is Missing launched more than 1,500 alert calls to the area at the request of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The man was located safely as a result of the calls at 8:13pm approximately one mile from where he had last been seen.

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Location: Guyton, GA

Children - Recovered: Friday, November 13, 2009

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Guyton, Georgia (Effingham County)Police Department When a 14 year old boy went missing in Guyton, Georgia, Police there began a search and contacted A Child Is Missing to augment that search. The child had never gone missing before and had last been seen in the area of the 700 block of Poplar Street in Guyton at approximately 5:20pm on November 12, 2009. After more than 900 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the boy was known to have been most recently, two calls with information were received by Guyton Police. Information from those calls led police to the boys location approximately 1 ½ miles away.

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Location: Helena, GA

Children - Recovered: Tuesday, November 03, 2009

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Helena, Georgia (Telfair County)Police Department “The child was found as a direct result of this program,” according to Helena, Georgia Police, “this is a great program, thanks for your help.” This came after 2,400 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 100 block of West Oak Street in McRae, Georgia. The alert calls were requested by Helena Police when an 11 year old boy went missing at 5:00pm on November 3, 2009. After the alert calls were placed, a friend of the missing boy walked into a convenience store and was asked by the clerk if she had heard the alert. The boy was at her house and Police were immediately notified.

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Location: Marietta, GA

Children - Recovered: Thursday, September 17, 2009

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Marietta, Georgia (Cobb County)Police Department Thursday, September 17, 2009, Detective Erion activated A Child Is Missing Alert to assist his agency in searching for a missing 13 year old girl with autism. The girl had crawled out of a back window of her house and had been missing for an hour. Nearly 600 alert calls were placed surrounding the girl’s home asking anyone with information to call Police. In response, three calls with information were received from the public stating that they had seen the girl walking toward a nearby Wal-Mart. Police responded and found the girl walking along the roadway approximately a half mile from where she had gone missing. Total time from activation to safe recovery was one hour, saving law enforcement time and resources.

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Location: Folkston, GA

Children - Recovered: Friday, September 11, 2009

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Folkston, Georgia (Charlton County) Police Department Having received an alert call from A Child Is Missing regarding a 15 year old boy for whom Folkston, Georgia Police had been searching, a person saw the boy 20 miles from where he had last been seen. This happened on the afternoon of September 11, 2009 after the boy had gone missing September 10th at approximately 6:00pm. With nearly 1,500 alert calls being placed to the area, 30 people who received the alert call contacted Police with information. From that feedback, Police were able to find the boy safely.

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Location: Warner Robins, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Sunday, August 16, 2009

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Warner Robins, Georgia (Houston County) Police Department According to Sergeant Strom of the Warner Robins, Georgia Police Department, the A Child Is Missing Alert Program, “was very effective and resulted in the safe return of this lady to her family.” The elderly woman had gone missing from the area of Lakeshore Drive in Warner Robins on August 16, 2009 at 7:30am. Shortly after, Sergeant Strom activated the Alert Program and nearly 2,000 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding where the woman had last been seen. Those alert calls led to six people with information calling Police and leading them to the woman’s safe location—approximately two miles from where she had gone missing.

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Location: Tucker, GA

- Recovered: Saturday, July 25, 2009

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Dekalb County, Georgia Police Department A three foot tall, 65 pound barefoot five year old boy went missing at 10:00pm on July 25, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia and the Dekalb County Police Department was actively searching for him. After activating the A Child Is Missing Alert Program, nearly 5,000 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the Bouldercrest Road area where the boy had last been seen. The alert calls generated eight calls with information to Dekalb County Police who were then led to the boys whereabouts. He was found safe just ¼ mile from where he had gone missing.

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Location: Americus, GA

Children - Recovered: Saturday, May 23, 2009

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Dispatcher Lydia Smith of the Sumter County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office called A Child Is Missing while her agency was searching for a missing 16 year old boy who was thought to possibly be in need of medical attention. She activated the Alert Program and approximately 800 alert phone calls were placed in the area surrounding the 100 block of Jenkins Road in Americus, Georgia on May 23, 2009. Three hours later a citizen, having received an alert phone call, notified the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office of the whereabouts of the boy who was located one mile from where he had gone missing

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Location: Woodstock, GA

Children - Recovered: Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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A 14 year old boy was located by a resident who had received an alert message from A Child Is Missing and later saw the boy in a department store three-and-a-half miles from where he had last been seen. Woodstock, Georgia Police began working the case on the afternoon of February 18, 2009 after the boy had gone missing that morning. More than 3,500 alert calls were placed to the area surrounding the 100 block of Bear Cave Trail in Woodstock. Ultimately Police received the call that led them directly to the boy.

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Location: Toccoa, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, November 22, 2008

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On November 22, 2008 a 65 year old man went missing from the 200 block of Emily Street in Toccoa, Georgia and the Toccoa Police were called. To help the agency’s search for the man, Emergency Management Director Becky Wall called A Child Is Missing and requested activation of the Alert Program. This resulted in more than 1,700 alert calls being placed to the area near where the man had last been seen. As a result, the man was safely located.

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Location: Ashburn, GA

Found Child - Recovered: Sunday, August 03, 2008

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On the morning of August 3, 2008, the Turner County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a four year old boy who had gone missing in Ashburn, Georgia at approximately 12:30am that day. After gathering information, the Turner County Sheriff’s Office called A Child Is Missing and activated the Alert Program. The technician launched calls in the area surrounding the 100 block of Dakota Road in Ashburn. One of the recipients of the alert call was able to pinpoint the child’s location for Deputies and he was reunited with his family.

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Location: Montezuma, GA

Children - Recovered: Sunday, July 13, 2008

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July 13, 2008 - When a six year old girl went missing in Montezuma, Georgia with her father who did not have custody, Police became concerned. They quickly activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to disseminate descriptions of both the girl and her father. More than 2,500 A Child Is Missing alert calls were placed and, according to Police, as soon as the alert calls flooded the area, someone from the residence the missing had been visiting called Police and said they were on their way home.

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Location: Tucker, GA

Elderly - Recovered: Saturday, May 31, 2008

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Dekalb County, Georgia Police activated the A Child Is Missing Alert Program on May 31, 2008 seeking assistance in locating a 70 year old woman who had gone missing from the 6500 block of Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain at 9:00am that day. More than 3,500 alert calls were placed in that area. Ultimately one of the alert calls was received by a resident in the area who notified Police and provided them information that led to the safe recovery of the woman.

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Location: Tucker, GA

Missing Child - Recovered: Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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Decatur, GA (Dekalb County) - On January 22, 2008 Detective Brown of the Dekalb County, Georgia Police Department called A Child Is Missing to activate the Alert Program in search of an 11 year old girl who had gone missing from the 1600 block of Post Oak Drive. After more than 3,100 alert calls were launched by the Recovery Specialist, Police received 15 calls from residents. This information led them directly to the girl who was found safe and reunited with her family.

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Location: Canton, GA

Missing Child - Recovered: Saturday, September 15, 2007

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Canton, GA (Cherokee County) - On September 15, 2007, a four year old child was found on the roadway by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. A Child Is Missing was contacted to assist in locating his residence. After mapping out the area in question, a technician at Child Is Missing launched over 1000 Alert Calls to area residents/businesses. Following a number of leads received, Sergeant Peluso advised ACIM that “This case involved a child being located on the roadway, but his residence was unknown. The child’s grandmother received an Alert Call, contacted us, and identified the child.” “ACIM was instrumental in a rapid and successful resolution on this case. Thank you.”

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Location: Gray, GA

Missing Child - Recovered: Saturday, June 30, 2007

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Gray, GA (Jones County) – When a five year old girl went missing in Gray, Georgia on Saturday, June 30, 2007, Jones County Sheriff’s Sergeant Michelle Moody called A Child Is Missing within 30 minutes and activated the Alert Program. Alert calls were quickly launched to the area surrounding the 200 block of Randolph Street in Gray where the child had last been seen. Within 15 minutes of the calls being launched, Jones County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a relative who was in the company of the child. Shortly after, the girl was reunited with her grandmother with whom she had been staying.

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Location: Kingsland, GA

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, June 15, 2007

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Kingsland, GA (Camden) – At 2:00pm Friday, June 15, 2007, Kingsland, Georgia Police Detective Cynthie Hindman called A Child Is Missing regarding a 16 year old who had gone missing just before 8:00am that day. An initial wave of alert calls were launched by Technician Derejre Vazquez followed by an expansion of the calling area—over 13,000 alert calls in all. According to Detective Hindman, a friend of the missing girl called her to tell her, “there was ‘some kind of alert’ out for her.” The missing girl then called her mother and asked her to pick her up approximately 20 miles from where she was last seen.

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Location: Springfield, GA

Other - Recovered: Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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Guyton, GA (Effingham County) – A Child Is Missing does much more than search for missing children and on April 21, 2007 the Alert Program was called by the Effingham, Georgia Sheriff's Department regarding a 16 year old fugitive on the loose in Guyton. In this case, the fugitive was a suspect in a stabbing. The alert call, with the primary purpose of ensuring the safety of the community by warning citizens of the dangerous individual at large, was launched by the A Child Is Missing technician. The call created a valuable alert citizen who saw the person she had just heard described on the call she received. She immediately phoned the number the technician provided in the message which led Effingham Sheriff's Office Deputies to a foot chase after the juvenile suspect--result in his apprehension.

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Location: Hamilton, GA

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, February 23, 2007

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Cataula, GA (Harris County) – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office contacted A Child Is Missing on February 23, 2007 for assistance with a missing 15-year-old girl. Sergeant Rod Collier provided all pertinent information to the ACIM Technician and within minutes 100 phones began ringing in the neighborhood. According to Sgt. Rod Collier one caller provided detailed information that led to the safe recovery of the missing juvenile.

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Location: Milledgeville, GA

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Thursday, May 11, 2006

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Milledgeville, GA - On May 11, 2006, a sixty-year-old man was reported missing from his home in Milledgeville, (Baldwin County), GA. A Child Is Missing was contacted by Lt. Ken Parker of the Baldwin COSO, 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 a safe recovery. A Child Is Missing alerted 1058 homes and businesses in the region surrounding where the man was last seen. Baldwin County received multiple calls from people in the area, including the mother of a young woman who had seen the missing man in her yard, became concerned and called. The Mother had just received the alert calls, made the connection and notified the police, leading them to recover the missing man shortly thereafter.

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Location: Austell, GA

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, March 17, 2006

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Austell, GA - On March 17, 2006, three young girls were reported missing from the school bus stop in Austell (Cobb County), Georgia. Sgt. Polk of the Austell PD contacted A Child Is Missing and reported a complete description of the missing children to be used as part of the neighborhood notification alert. A Child Is Missing notified over 200 residences and businesses in the area by telephone, and of the several responses, a call provided the essential information that led to a safe recovery of the missing girls, within ninety minutes after they case was initially reported.

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Location: Acworth, GA

Missing Child - Recovered: Sunday, November 27, 2005

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Acworth, GA – On November 27, 2005, two young brothers (seven and five years old) wandered off when the father left them unattended briefly in the city of Acworth (in Cobb County), Georgia. The father contacted the police when he discovered the children missing, and the Acworth PD called A Child Is Missing with a description of the children to be broadcast shortly thereafter to assist with the search. A Child Is Missing placed numerous alert calls over the region where the children were last seen, and Acworth PD received a call from a woman in the area who had seen a child meeting the description of the older brother. The police investigated, and found that first child as a result of the ACIM calls. The boy led police to the other brother shortly thereafter, and both were returned home safely within an hour of the report of disappearance.

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Location: Springfield, GA

Missing Child - Recovered: Saturday, September 10, 2005

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Effingham County, GA - On September 10, 2005, a 15-year-old boy ran away from home in the city of Springfield (Effingham County), Georgia. After evaluating the situation, Chief Wynn of the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office contacted A Child Is Missing and reported a full description of the boy to be distributed via telephone, centered at the address where he was last seen. A Child Is Missing placed 815 alert calls throughout the surrounding the area. The Effingham County SO received two responses from residents that gave sightings of the boy and helped to narrow the trail. As a result of the alert, he was returned home safely in time for dinner.

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Location: Valdosta, GA

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, May 17, 2005

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Valdosta, Lowndes County, GA - On May 17, 2005, a 75-year-old woman with dementia was found wandering the streets of Valdosta, Georgia. She was confused, had no identification and communication with her was unreliable… Captain J.D. Yeager contacted A Child Is Missing, and requested that an alert be placed, in search of her caregivers. A Child Is Missing placed 3180 calls over a mile radius where the found person was picked up. The woman’s daughter received the call, recognized the description as matching that of her mother… she checked the bedroom, and it was confirmed. The found woman was returned to her daughter within the hour.

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Location: Springfield, GA

Missing Child - Recovered: Saturday, April 09, 2005

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Springfield, GA - On April 19, 2005, a 7-year-old autistic boy was reported missing in Springfield, Georgia. A Dispatcher with the Effingham Sheriff’s Office passed information to A Child Is Missing via Lt. Sheila O’Dwyer. ACIM placed 1077 calls to the neighborhood, and the neighborhood’s reply was fantastic. Approximately 300 people responded to the calls coming out of their houses and assisting in the search, including one who looked into her backyard pool and discovered him there. Thankfully, the boy was recovered before coming to any physical harm. Lt. O’Dwyer was quoted as saying “Thank you so much for all you did. Your program is a blessing to so many people.”

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Location: Snellville, GA

Missing Elderly - Recovered: Tuesday, December 28, 2004

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Snellville, GA - Snellville PD - On December 28, 2004, a 77-year-old man became disoriented and wandered away from his home in Snellville, Georgia. The elderly man left his home at about 8:30 a.m. to walk to his son’s house nearby, but didn't arrive. At about noon, police activated A Child Is Missing, a rapid-response neighborhood notification tool that initiated 821 phone calls to homes within a two-mile radius of the disappearance. One neighbor told police he had seen the man walking near Snellville City Hall at 11 a.m. Police were on their way to check the area at 1:15 p.m. when the elderly man’s son found him walking near U.S. Highway 78 and East Park Place. The man had strayed 9.4 miles from home but was otherwise fine. Sgt. Gwinneth was quoted as saying, "Thank you for the help!"

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Location: Decatur, GA

Missing Child - Recovered: Thursday, October 28, 2004

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College Park, GA – College Park PD - October 28th, 2004, a 12-year-old boy in College Park, Georgia was found at a convenience store. The child was autistic, unable to speak or tell his name. Sergeant Spaulding of the College Park police contacted the GBI, looking for a system that would assist in the location of the child's caregivers. The GBI advised Special Agent Irizarri to contact A Child is Missing and as a result, 1765 calls were placed in the region with the child's description and asking for assistance. Multiple persons returned calls, directly resulting in the location of the child's mother within 20 minutes of the alert being placed. An ACIM technician was quoted as saying "Both the College Park Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are great examples of agencies working together for the common good."

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Location: Villa Rica, GA

Missing Child - Recovered: Friday, August 20, 2004

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Villa Rica, GA - Villa Rica Police Department- On the morning of August 20th, 2004 a 16-year-old girl was reported missing in Villa Rica, GA. Detective Kevin Roddy with the Villa Rica Police Department contacted A Child Is Missing to report the girl as she was not a habitual runaway, and there was some concern about her disappearance. A Child Is Missing technician placed 434 calls to the rural vicinity of where the girl had last been seen. The Police Department received approximately 10 calls from residents who were able to provide leads, one of which lead police to a nearby house. It was there that she was found, about a mile from her home. Detective Kevin Roddy from the Villa Rica Police Department wrote in his follow up report: “This is a great tool to use in this type of incident. There was a lot of great response from the community

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Location: Jesup, GA

Missing Child - Recovered: Wednesday, February 04, 2004

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Jesup, GA - Jesup Police Department - On February 4, 2004, a 4-year-old-girl was reported missing by Corporal Donald Sloan. 36 calls from residents who were able to provide leads to a store approximately ½ mile down the road from her residence. The little girl was safely recovered 35 minutes after the telephone calls went out. Corporal Donald Sloan said, “I think this is one of the best tools we have been given to assist us and has been proven to be on this incident. We just want to thank you for your assistance in a job well done.”

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Location: Tucker, GA

Elderly - Recovered: