Missing Children News 

ETHAN FERNANDO ELLIS

Ethan is biracial. He is Hispanic and White. Ethan has a small chip on his front right tooth. Carla has a scar on her forehead.

CHRISTINE MICHELLE BOOKER

Christine has scars on both shoulders and red highlights in her hair. Christine’s nicknames are Christie and Tina.

D’ANDRE JEROME LAYNE

D’Andre has a scar on his hand and a tattoo on his arm. His nickname is Dee.

MARISSA ANN BENSON

Marissa was last seen on October 7, 2009. Her hair is dyed black.

MARLENE NICOLE GONZALEZ

Marlene may be in the company of her mother. They may travel to San Diego or Santa Barbara, California, or Baja or Guadalajara, Mexico.

ARACELY CARRILLO

Aracely was last seen September 17, 2009. She may be in the company of an adult male. They may have traveled to Guatemala. Aracely wears glasses. CAUTION ADVISED.

MARCUS MARTINEZ

Marcus may be in the company of an adult male and female relative. They may travel to Coral Springs or Parkland, Florida.

ASHLEY NICOLE CAMPBELL

Ashley may be in the company of Harlan McIntosh. A felony warrant is on file for Harlan. They may have traveled to Somerset, Kentucky. Ashley may go by the nickname Ash.

JASHON WILLIAMS

The child was last known to be with his mother on November 13, 2009. His mother was discovered deceased later that same day and the child could not be located. His current whereabouts are unknown.

MADYSON STORMY STAR JAMISON

Madyson was last seen on October 8, 2009. The two photos on the left are both of Madyson. She may be in the company of her father, Bobby Jamison, and her mother, Sherilynn Jamison. Their vehicle was found abandoned in Red Oak, Oklahoma, on October 17, 2009; however, their whereabouts are unknown. When Madyson was last seen, her front teeth were missing. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a long sleeve pink shirt with small flowers printed on it.

Shannon Lea Dedrick

The 7-month-old girl was found alive and well under her baby sitter’s bed several days after she was reported missing Oct. 31 from her family’s home in Chipley, Fla., police said. Authorities said her mother, Chrystina Lynn Mercer, conspired to hand her over to sitter Susan Elizabeth Baker before reporting her missing. Both women have been charged.

Shaniya Davis

The 5-year-old girl went missing from Fayetteville, N.C., on Nov. 10. Mario Andrette McNeill has been charged with kidnapping her, and her mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, has been charged with human trafficking and a child abuse offense involving prostitution. Shaniya’s whereabouts remain unclear.

Elizabeth Olten

The 9-year-old disappeared Oct. 21 after leaving a neighbor’s home in St. Martins, Mo. Her body was found in a wooded area two days later. A 15-year-old girl was arrested in her slaying.

Somer Thompson

The 7-year-old girl was walking from school to her home in Orange Park, Fla., when she disappeared Oct. 19. Her body was found two days later in a Georgia landfill where garbage trucks dump trash from her neighborhood.

Hasanni Campbell

The 5-year-old Oakland, Calif., boy, who has cerebral palsy, was reported missing Aug. 10. Police arrested his foster parents, Louis Ross and Jennifer Campbell, on Aug. 28 on suspicion of murder but said later they did not have enough evidence to charge them. Police said they were still focusing on Ross and Campbell, who is Hasanni’s aunt.

Jaycee Dugard

The 11-year-old was kidnapped while walking to a bus stop near her South Lake Tahoe, Calif., home in 1991. On Aug. 26, she walked into a police station in Concord, Calif. Convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido and his wife were arrested. Police said the couple kept her as a virtual slave and that she had two children with Garrido.

Robert Manwill

The 8-year-old’s body was pulled Aug. 3 from a canal in Idaho. Robert was reported missing July 24 from his mother’s apartment on the southwest side of Boise. His mother, Melissa Jenkins, and her boyfriend were indicted Aug. 19 on first-degree murder charges in his death. Prosecutors said Jenkins did nothing as Daniel Ehrlick repeatedly beat and tortured her son, and hid the boy’s injuries from people who might have intervened.


Nevaeh Buchanan

The 5-year-old girl was last seen May 24 outside the apartment building where she lived with her mother in Monroe, Mich. Two fishermen found her body June 4 on the banks of the River Raisin in Monroe. Police have questioned two registered sex offenders described as friends of Nevaeh’s mother but no arrests have been made.

Daniel Hauser

Authorities began looking for the 13-year-old Minnesota boy after he and his mother failed to show at a May 19 court hearing. A judge has ordered that Daniel receive chemotherapy for his Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but his mother wants to use natural remedies for religious reasons. After a week on the run, Daniel and his mother returned home on May 25.

Briant Rodriguez

California authorities issued an Amber Alert May 3 for the 3-year-old, who was kidnapped from his San Bernardino home by two gunmen who broke into the house, tied up his family and robbed the place. He was reunited with his mother May 16 after being found wandering in a Mexican border town.

Joshua Childers

The 3-year-old was reported missing on May 4 after he wandered away from his home near Arcadia, Mo. The frantic search for Joshua ended two days later when he was found alive in the rugged terrain of the Mark Twain National Forest.

Brittanee Drexel

The 17-year-old’s mother said her daughter disappeared April 25 while on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Her mother, Dawn, said she didn’t give her daughter permission to go on the trip.

Stephanie Condon

Authorities announced March 25 that remains found in Southern Oregon on March 13 were those of the 14-year-old, who vanished while baby-sitting in 1998. Dale Wayne Hill is charged with kidnapping and killing Condon.


Haleigh Cummings

The 5-year-old apparently disappeared from her bed in her father’s double-wide trailer early on Feb. 10. The father’s girlfriend told police she woke to find Haleigh missing. Police were treating the case as an abduction.

Tiana Rice

The 16-year-old’s parents spent more than a month looking for her after she vanished Dec. 30 in New York City. All the while, her body was lying unclaimed in a morgue. She was finally identified Feb. 3. In March, officials ruled her death a homicide, saying she died from an asthma attack triggered by being raped.

Adam Herrman

Adam, of Towanda, Kan., was 11 when he vanished in 1999, but his adoptive parents never reported it. Authorities only recently learned Adam, who would now be 21, was missing. They said Jan. 6 that his parents, Doug and Valerie Herrman, are “people of interest” in the case.

Caylee Anthony

Caylee was last seen in June 2008, but her mother didn’t report the 2-year-old missing until nearly a month later. Police said Dec. 20 that DNA tests confirmed that remains discovered in a wooded area of Orlando, Fla., belonged to the girl. Her mother, Casey Anthony, has been charged with murder.

Brooke Bennett

The 12-year-old girl disappeared on June 25, 2008, after she was spotted at a convenience store with her uncle, registered sex offender Michael Jacques. Her body was found in a makeshift grave the following July. Jacques faces charges of drugging, raping and killing her.

Reigh Boss

Police said Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who calls himself Clark Rockefeller, abducted his daughter during a visit supervised by a social worker in Boston on July 27, 2008. Nearly a week later, FBI officers rescued Reigh and arrested her father in a Baltimore apartment after receiving a tip.

Madeleine McCann

The British girl was 3 years old when she vanished from her family’s vacation apartment in Portugal on May 3, 2007. In July, prosecutors closed their investigation into her disappearance but said they would reopen the case if new evidence emerges.

Jessica Lunsford

The 9-year-old girl was snatched from her Homosassa, Fla., bedroom in February 2005. Neighbor John Couey, a convicted sex offender, was found guilty in 2007 of kidnapping and raping Jessica before burying her alive. He was sentenced to death. The case led to the passage of the Jessica Lunsford Act in Florida and to similar legislation on convicted sex offenders in other states.

Sarah Michelle Lunde

In 2005, the 13-year-old girl disappeared after returning from a trip with her church youth group. A six-day search ended when her body was discovered in a pond near her home in Ruskin, Fla. David Lee Onstott, who had once dated Sarah’s mother, was found guilty of second-degree murder in August.

Shasta and Dylan Groene

Joseph Edward Duncan III snatched the siblings from their home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in May 2005, after bludgeoning their older brother, their mother and their mother’s boyfriend to death. Duncan killed Dylan at a campsite, but Shasta was rescued when she was recognized in a restaurant. Duncan is serving six life sentences in prison.

Shawn Hornbeck

In October 2002, Michael Devlin kidnapped the 11-year old Missouri boy near his Washington County, Mo., home. Shawn was rescued more than four years later, in January of 2007, after Devlin abducted another boy and a witness tip led authorities to Devlin’s home. Devlin is serving multiple life terms for kidnapping and assaulting the boys.

Elizabeth Smart

In June 2002, drifter Brian David Mitchell, allegedly broke into the Smart family’s Salt Lake City home and forced Elizabeth, 14, from her bedroom at knife point. She was found in March 2003 on a street in Sandy, Utah, with Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Ilene Barzee. Mitchell and Barzee face charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and burglary.

Megan Kanka

In July 1994, Jesse Timmendequas, a repeat violent sexual offender, lured his 7-year-old neighbor to his home in Hamilton Township, N.J., with an invitation to see his new puppy. He then kidnapped, raped and murdered the girl. Her death brought about “Megan’s Law,” which is now in effect in all 50 states. The law requires communities to be notified when a convicted sex offender moves into their neighborhoods.

Polly Klaas

The 12-year-old girl was abducted in 1993 during a sleepover party at her home in Petaluma, Calif. Her body was found in December of that year in a shallow grave near a freeway. Richard Allen Davis was convicted of kidnapping and killing Polly. He is on death row in San Quentin State Prison in California.

Johnny Gosch

The paper boy vanished on Sept. 5, 1982, while delivering the Des Moines Register. His mother said she believes her son was forced into sexual slavery. Noreen Gosch told authorities that Johnny briefly visited her in 1997 but said he feared for his life and wouldn’t give details about himself. In 2006, photographs were left at her door apparently showing her son bound and gagged. Some have tried to discredit the photos.

Adam Walsh

The 6-year-old boy was found murdered after disappearing from a Florida shopping mall in 1981. Nearly three decades later, authorities in Florida identified a convicted pedophile who died in prison as the boy’s killer. After their son’s death, John and Reve Walsh, lobbied Congress to pass the Missing Children’s Act in 1982, requiring the FBI to track information about missing kids in a national crime database.

Etan Patz

On May 25, 1979, Etan disappeared near his home in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. A judge declared Etan legally dead in 2001, clearing the way for his parents to file — and win — a wrongful death lawsuit against Jose Antonio Ramos, a Pennsylvania inmate whom the family claimed molested and then killed Etan. In tribute to Etan, former President Ronald Reagan declared May 25 National Missing Children’s Day.


Charles Lindbergh Jr.

The toddler son of world famous aviator Charles Lindbergh was abducted from his home in March 1932. A ransom note demanding $50,000 was left on the window sill. The boy was found dead two months later. Bruno Hauptmann was convicted of murder and executed. Charles’ case spawned the Lindbergh Law, making kidnapping a federal crime. (Sources: AP, Fox News, CNN, San Francisco Chronicle)

 

AMBER Alert Success Stories

October 7, 2009
Bowling Green, OH
The Bowling Green Police in coordination with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Columbus Communications Center issued an AMBER Alert for a 19-month-old girl who was abducted by her biological father.  The suspect had made threats to kill the mother and her family.  He also stated that if he could not have his daughter then no one could have her.  The suspect heard the AMBER Alert on the radio and turned himself in to the Bowling Green Police at a gas station.   The child was safely rescued and the suspect was arrested.

October 2, 2009
Fresno, CA
The Fresno Police Department requested an AMBER Alert for a 2-year-old boy and 1-year-old girl, who were forcibly abducted from their home along with their mother, by their father.  The suspect was believed to be armed with a handgun and threatened to kill his family.  A regional AMBER Alert was issued.  Bakersfield Area California Highway Patrol units, who were aware of the AMBER Alert based on information from a BOLO, located the vehicle on the freeway approximately 20 minutes after its activation   After a short pursuit, the suspect vehicle overturned and struck a “big- rig” truck.   At some unknown point during the event, the suspect sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.   The children and mother were safely located in the vehicle and were transported to a medical facility for precautionary medical evaluation.

September 4, 2009
Miami, FL
An AMBER Alert was issued for a  2-year-old boy who was taken by his mother after a confrontation with the aunt of the child. The mother was dropping off another child at a daycare the next morning and saw the AMBER Alert on the television.  She called law enforcement and turned herself in.  The child was safely rescued.

September 1, 2009
Sarasota, FL
A 3-year-old boy was with his babysitter when the child’s mother instructed the babysitter to bring the child back home.  When the babysitter refused, an AMBER Alert was issued.  The babysitter saw the AMBER Alert and contacted law enforcement to turn himself in.  The child was safely rescued.

August 19, 2009
Pleasanton, CA
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department activated a regional AMBER Alert on behalf of the Pleasanton Police Department for a 2-month-old boy who was taken by force by his father and the child’s uncle.  The mother of the suspect observed the AMBER Alert on the local news media and contacted the suspects to arrange for their surrender.  The suspects turned themselves in to the Antioch Police Department and the child was safely rescued.

August 10, 2009
Flagstaff, AZ
On August 9, 2009, the parents of a 6-year-old boy were in a custody dispute involving the time frame as to when the father would return the child.  According to court documents the child was supposed to be returned to his mother that day.  Law enforcement contacted the father the next day stating that he had to return the child.  During the phone conversation the father told law enforcement that “if you don’t hear from me in one hour, my son and I will be dead.”  He then called the judge involved in his case and made a similar statement.  An AMBER Alert was quickly issued.   A Mohave County Deputy Sheriff who lived next door to the father recognized the vehicle from an attempt to locate and a SWAT call was initiated on the residence.  At 1510 hours, the suspect turned himself in.  The child was rescued after he was found in the residence unharmed.  The father was taken into custody and charged with custodial interference and pending kidnapping charges.

August 9, 2009
Durham, NC
The mother of a 3-week-old boy was assaulted by the child’s father after he forced his way into her home.  The suspect left the residence with the child and fled in a vehicle. Since he was known to be violent and possibly a drug user, an AMBER Alert was quickly issued.  An individual who knew the abductor saw the AMBER Alert and contacted law enforcement with a tip.  The child was safely rescued.

July 27, 2009
Sikeston, MO
A father took his 5-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter after an argument with the children’s mother. He had kicked the mother out of the vehicle and stated he would kill anyone, including the children, if he saw law enforcement.  Because of his statements and possible intoxication, an AMBER Alert was issued.   After the father was contacted and told there was an AMBER Alert, he contacted authorities and was taken into custody. The children were rescued and safely returned to their mother.

July 24, 2009
Marengo, OH
An AMBER Alert was issued for a 17-month-old girl  who was abducted by her non-custodial mother, who is bi-polar, suicidal, and threatened to kill herself and the child. The suspect’s brother told her about the AMBER Alert, and she turned herself in at the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office approximately 30 miles from the abduction site.  The child was safely rescued and safely returned home.

July 14, 2009
Norwalk, CA
On July 14, 2009, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) requested an AMBER Alert for a 2-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy who were abducted by a stranger.  The children were left inside a vehicle parked outside a strip mall in Los Angeles when the suspect stole the vehicle. A regional AMBER Alert was issued.  Approximately 4 hours later an individual who was aware of the AMBER Alert observed the vehicle in a 76 Gas Station parking lot and notified local law enforcement.  The Compton LASD Sub Station responded to the scene and safely rescued both children.

July 7, 2009
Springfield, OH
An AMBER Alert was issued for a 9-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl after the suspect assaulted the mother, threatened to kill her and the children, and threw the mother out of the vehicle  The suspect turned himself in after he saw the AMBER Alert on television.  The children were safely rescued and the suspect was charged with domestic violence, assault, two counts of endangering children, disruption of public service and interfering with custody.

June 11.2009
Zebulon, NC
An AMBER Alert was issued for a 1-year-old child who was abducted by his father during an altercation with the child’s mother. A law enforcement officer who was aware of the AMBER Alert spotted the vehicle and made the traffic stop. The child was safely rescued.

June 5, 2009
Tempe, AZ
A 1-year-old girl was on supervised visitation with her non-custodial mother at a mall, when the mother took the child  away without permission. They were reported missing to the Tempe Police Department and an AMBER Alert was issued.   The parents of mother’s boyfriend saw the AMBER Alert and  told their son to call the police.  A tip from the boyfriend led Phoenix Police Department to the location where the child was rescued unharmed and the mother arrested.

July 2, 2009
Plano, IL
A 3-year-old girl was left in the care of her non-custodial mother after the hospitalization of her custodial father.  After being dismissed from the hospital, the custodial father tried to locate the child and mother.  After several hours, he reported the situation to law enforcement. Soon after, an  AMBER Alert was activated.  An individual who was aware of the AMBER Alert contacted law enforcement with information about the whereabouts of the child and abductor. The child was safely rescued.

May 14, 2009
East Lansing, MI
A 16-year-old girl was reported missing by her mother, after the child was taken by her boyfriend from her home in the Cedar Hill area of East Lansing, MI. The abductor had a history of assault, so an AMBER Alert was quickly issued. An individual recognized the vehicle from the AMBER Alert and contacted law enforcement. The child was safely rescued.

May 3, 2009
San Bernardino, CA
On May 3, 2009, The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department requested an AMBER Alert for a 3-year-old child abducted during a home invasion robbery.  Two suspects, armed with hand guns entered the home, tied up the mother and other children, then kidnapped the 3-year-old child.  An AMBER Alert was activated in Southern California.  On May 15, 2009, the child was found walking the streets in Mexicali, Mexico, apparently released by his captors.  He was found wandering the streets of Mexicali, Mexico by local authorities and was identified as the child in the active AMBER Alert. The child was safely rescued and returned home.

April 24, 2009
Maricopa, AZ
A woman telephoned her husband and said that she was going to take her children aged 2 years and 8 months  and then commit suicide. The mother had a history of suicide attempts and had become infatuated with media accounts of mothers who took the lives of their children and then committed suicide.  When the husband arrived home, both his wife and children were missing.  An AMBER Alert was quickly issued. A Department of Public Safety Officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle described in the AMBER Alert. The children were rescued unharmed.

April 8, 2009
Shasta, CA
An AMBER Alert was issued for 2 children, ages 2 and 5, who were taken by their father during a domestic dispute.  The dispute started while the father, mother, and two victims were in transit in a motor vehicle.  At some point during the dispute, the mother got out of the vehicle and the father threatened the children with an edged weapon.  The mother, fearing for the children’s lives, notified the Sheriff’s Department.  A BOLO (Be On the Lookout) that originated from the AMBER Alert was issued and a sheriff’s patrol unit located the suspect vehicle in transit.  The suspect refused to yield and a pursuit ensued.  The pursuit was turned over to the California Highway Patrol and the suspect was subsequently taken into custody at the end of the pursuit.  It was learned that the suspect had dropped the victims off earlier in the afternoon at a residence in the city of Redding.  The Redding Police safely rescued both victims at that residence.

April 3, 2009
Salt Lake City, UT
The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office issued an AMBER Alert after a woman stole a vehicle with 3-year-old boy in the back seat.  The child’s parents had stopped at a gas station in separate vehicles and  were putting gas in one car when a woman jumped into the other vehicle and sped away.  The stolen vehicle and the victim were found in a nearby neighborhood.  A resident discovered the victim playing with her children and told authorities she recognized the boy from the AMBER Alert.  Deputies arrived moments later and confirmed the child was the victim in the AMBER Alert. The rescued child  was reunited with his family and the abductor was charged with first-degree felony child kidnapping.

March 29, 2009
Bradenton, FL
An AMBER Alert was issued for a 12-year-old girl who may have been lured from her home, possibly via the Internet by an adult male. The suspect saw the AMBER Alert, became scared and dropped the victim off close to her home, and the child was rescued.  The suspect was later identified and arrested.

March 24, 2009
Plant City, FL
An AMBER Alert was issued for a 2-month-old girl who was taken from her mother by a woman allegedly impersonating a public official.   An individual saw the AMBER Alert and notified police with the suspect’s information, and were advised that the suspect had previously tried something similar with the caller.  The child was safely rescued.

March 24, 2009
Kentwood, MI
Four children ages 9, 5, 4, and 1 were taken by the father of one of the children after he assaulted the child’s mother. An AMBER Alert was quickly issued. The suspect saw the AMBER Alert on television and released the children unharmed.  The rescued children were returned home.

March 10, 2009
Alexandria, KY
An AMBER Alert was issued for a 6-month-old infant who had been taken from her foster mother by her biological mother. The child was ill and needed special medication and special formula, none of which the biological mother had. A relative who took mother and child to a neighboring county heard the AMBER Alert and immediately called reporting the location of mother and child. The child was safely rescued.

March 7, 2009
An AMBER Alert was issued for a 2-year-old boy who was abducted by his father, who has a history of being bi-polar, drug abuse-crack cocaine, attempted suicide and does not have medications with him.  An individual spotted the suspect’s vehicle in Springfield, Ohio and the suspect was arrested by the Springfield Police Department.  The victim was safely rescued and reunited with his mother at the Springfield police station.

March 2, 2009
Yreka, CA
On March 2, 2009, the Yreka Police Department requested an AMBER Alert for a 3-year-old child who was abducted from her residence.  The child was at home in bed, when a man entered the residence and kidnapped her.  ENTAC issued an AMBER Alert in Northern and Central California.  Additionally, the AMBER Alert extended into Oregon and parts of Nevada.  The Yreka Police Department located the suspect and took him into custody; however, the victim and suspect vehicle were not found at the time.  Approximately one hour later, an individual who knew about the AMBER Alert saw tire tracks on a dirt road and followed them on foot where they located the victim walking down the road.  The suspect remained in custody and the victim was safely rescued.

February 28, 2009
Frankfort, KY
A 2-year-old girl went missing when her father failed to return her after an authorized visit.  The abductor’s grandfather reported that he was suicidal and was unsure where he went with the child; he also reported his car missing along with a handgun.  An AMBER Alert was issued.  A high school friend of the father saw him in Alabama, later saw the AMBER Alert, and reported the sighting to Alabama law enforcement authorities. The abductor then went to Tennessee where the grandfather’s vehicle was discovered at a local motel, by a Tennessee officer who was also aware of the AMBER Alert. The officer checked local taxi companies and the bus depot. He was able to determine through eyewitnesses and video that the perpetrator and child were on a bus to Mexico. The abductor was  located in Monterey Mexico by Mexican authorities and the F.B.I. and the child was safely rescued.

February 18, 2009
Cameron, MO
A 3-year-old girl was taken by her grandmother during the middle of the night.  The mother realized her daughter was missing when she went to wake her up in the morning.  The grandmother’s mental issues led authorities to believe that the girl might be in danger, so an AMBER Alert was issued.  A truck driver who had heard the alert on the radio saw the vehicle drive into the truck stop parking lot and contacted law enforcement. The girl and her grandmother were located at a truck stop and the child was safely rescued.


February 14, 2009
San Bernardino, CA
The San Bernardino Police Department requested an AMBER Alert for a 23-month-old child, taken by her estranged father.  The father allegedly assaulted her mother with an ice pick before taking the child and her vehicle.  The suspect threatened to kill the child if the police found him.  The suspect’s relative saw the AMBER Alert on the television, then called the suspect and advised him the police were attempting to locate him and recover the child.  The suspect subsequently dropped the child off at the relative’s house and then fled.  The relative called police, who safely rescued the child.


January 28, 2009
Vandalia, OH
An AMBER Alert was issued by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in coordination with the Vandalia Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol for a  3-year-old boy who was abducted by his father, a known drug user.  An individual recognized the vehicle description and called the Vandalia Police Department, who met with the suspect and resolved the issue peacefully.  The child was safely rescued.  


January 27, 2009
Greensboro, NC
An AMBER Alert was issued for 2 children ages 4 and 7 who had been taken by their father’s live-in girlfriend without his knowledge or permission. She had borrowed a car, ID, credit card from a friend before she left with the kids and has a known drug habit.  An individual who had seen the AMBER Alert notified the police of the suspect’s whereabouts.  Law enforcement found her checked in an area hotel under an alias name and the children were safely rescued.

January 22, 2009
Tempe, AZ
A 7-month-old boy and his mother were abducted at gunpoint by his father, who made threats and caused damage to the residence. Since the child was believed to be in imminent danger an AMBER Alert was issued resulting in a tip.  That tip led officers to the home of the child’s grandmother, where the child and mother had been dropped off.  The abductor fled on foot and the child and mother were safely rescued.

January 16, 2009
Ogden, UT
A 14-year-old girl allegedly ran off with a 22-year-old woman. Police believed the suspect may have had a sexual relationship with the victim and was possibly taking her to Las Vegas, California or Mexico.  An AMBER Alert was issued. A trucker heard the AMBER Alert on the radio and called 911 when he spotted the suspect’s vehicle.  Less than two hours after the AMBER Alert went out authorities rescued the victim and apprehended the suspect in Washington County, 27-miles from the Utah-Nevada border.  The suspect has been charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor and providing shelter to a runaway.

January 12, 2009
San Jose, CA
An AMBER Alert was issued for an 8-year-old girl who was abducted by her mother’s ex-boyfriend, who walked into a school and took the little girl. The suspect saw the signs with the AMBER Alert and dropped the girl off unharmed outside of an establishment.  She was safely returned to her mother.

January 5, 2009
Lucas, IA
An AMBER Alert was issued for a pregnant 17-year-old who was observed being taken by the 20-year-old father of her unborn child.  The abductor heard the AMBER Alert on the radio and turned himself in at the Lucas County Courthouse.  The girl was safely rescued.

January 4, 2009
West Columbia, SC
An AMBER Alert was issued for a 7-month-old boy and his mother who were abducted at gunpoint by the child’s father.  As a direct result of the Levi’s Call issued in Georgia, a Georgia State Trooper spotted the vehicle at a hotel in Madison, directly off of I-20, the suspected route of travel.  Upon approach, the perpetrator fired shots at the officers and a standoff began, lasting through the night with involvement by GBI, FBI, Georgia State Patrol and local law enforcement. The suspect surrendered the next day and the child was safely rescued.

January 1, 2009
Candler, NC
Two siblings ages 10 and 6 were taken by their biological father, who was a suspect in a triple homicide.  The children’s mother was one of the victims. An AMBER Alert was quickly issued. Law enforcement received a tip from a neighbor who knew the whereabouts of the children. The children were safely rescued.