Lost, missing or abducted

December 6, 2008

What if your child was missing? You would encourage police to issue an AMBER Alert or at the very least  to have him/her listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children immediately, wouldn’t you?

But, did you know AMBER Alerts are issued for children believed to have been abducted, not simply missing. In Virginia there is currently a missing child alert for a three-year-old boy who was last seen around 4:00 Friday December 5. He did not qualify for an AMBER Alert and he isn’t  listed at the NCMEC yet if you speak with law enforcement, all will agree the first three hour are critical in finding missing or abducted children.

ABC 13 – Three-Year-Old Missing – Crews in Halifax County are still searching for a missing three-year-old.The child is a boy with light complexion named Jaylynn Thorpe. Police say he is wearing blue jeans, a red striped shirt, and a camouflage jacket.

Update 12-07-08: Dogs May Have Saved Boy’s Life

However in this article ” Missing toddler found safe in Halifax County“, there is this frightening statement.

Officials say about 50% of three-year-olds who wander from home are found within a half mile.

What happens to the other 50%?


Profile on CNN Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes

November 22, 2008
 

Headline News’ Christi Paul profiles two little boys, Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes, last seen in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2005.

“Finding the Children”

Though everyone doesn’t agree with their portrayal, most are thankful their story is being repeated.


Google is as Google does

November 21, 2008

Our thanks go out to Google Inc. for awarding us a Google Grant. As you search the world wide web you may see some of our ad campaigns courtesy of them.

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A new way of networking

November 12, 2008

Were you aware how “networked” our households are becoming? As technology is implemented in more and more homes, how will it impact the search for missing children? Please visit and join our social networking sites (facebook and MySpace) dedicated to finding missing or abducted children. If you actively text message then please view missing children Twitter Alerts at our site. Let’s take advantage of technology to aid in raising public awareness.

Technology ownership by household type

All adults

Married with children

Other household types

Cellphone in household

84%

95%

80%

 

Computer in household

77%

93%

71%

 

At least one household member goes online

77%

94%

71%

 

Have home broadband connection

52%

66%

47%

 

How technology affects family communications

“Have new technologies increased or decreased the quality of your communication with these people?”

 

Increased

Decreased

No difference

Family members who do not live with you

53%

2%

44%

 

Members of your household

47%

4%

47%

 

Friends

47%

2%

49%

 

Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project Networked Family Survey; margin of error for entire survey is plus or minus 2 percentage points


New billboard for Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes

November 4, 2008

Should you see this donated billboard facing south on the east side of I-95, one mile south of Dunn Avenue  consider thanking Clear Channel Outdoor-Jacksonville Division. Florida Outdoor Advertising Association (FOAA) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

FOAA and its members are long-standing partners with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Missing and Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse and have provided assistance with donated space on billboards for more than eight years. This generosity by FOAA members has provided a valuable resource to FDLE. As a result of this partnership, FOAA has been appointed to, and has become actively involved in, two FDLE/MEPIC state committees: Missing Children Advisory Board Committee and the AMBER Alert Review Committee. In addition, FOAA members have been providing donated space on traditional billboards for many years with the “Missing Children” public service campaign. Our members play a major role in assisting this state agency in their efforts to locate missing and abducted children.

In 2006, FOAA and FDLE took this partnership one step further and established the first statewide partnership to raise community awareness for AMBER and Missing Child Alerts by using donated space on digital billboards. This became an additional resource to Florida’s AMBER Plan. There are separate criteria to distinguish between the two Alerts. An AMBER Alert is a higher priority because the child is believed to be in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death. Missing Child Alerts do not meet the strict criteria for an AMBER Alert activation, but are still a much-needed resource to FDLE and local law enforcement. As a primary member of the FDLE’s distribution list for Alerts, FOAA members are on the front line when it comes to aiding law enforcement.

Note: The photos are actually age enhanced to age 14 not 16 years of age.


Special Fundraising Event in Orange Park

November 2, 2008

 

Orange Park Mall
Simon Evening of Giving!
Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
6:30pm- 9:30pm

Purchase a $10 ticket, and a donation will be made to Child Alert Center Charities and the Simon Youth Foundation.

This exclusive event will take place after normal mall hours with the stores re-opening for ticket holders only. The private holiday event features exclusive store discounts throughout the mall, family entertainment and more. Your support is urgently needed!

For Ticket(s) Mail your check or money order with a self addressed stamped envelope to:

Child Alert Center Charities
4600 Touchton Rd. Suite 1150
Jacksonville, FL 32246

Or visit our website Child Alert Center Charities

Simply click on the Donate button on any page and make at least a $10.00 donation. Then send an email to draines@callcac.com providing your name and mailing address. In return, you will be mailed a ticket for every $10.00 donated.


Florida unresolved AMBER Alert cases

November 1, 2008

Jarkeuis Adside

Jarkeius was abducted by three unknown males during an early morning home invasion robbery.

Zachary Michael-Cole Bernhardt

Zachary was last known to be sleeping in his bed on the night of September 10, 2000. At approximately 4 a.m. on September 11, 2000, he was discovered missing, and is missing under suspicious circumstances. He goes by the nickname Zach. He has a scar under his chin, a scar between his eyes on the bridge of his nose, and on the right side of his top lip.

Bryan Dossantos-Gomes

Bryan was last seen in the area of Estero, Florida. He may be in the company of a heavyset White Hispanic female with long straight black hair, wearing blue jeans and a black blouse. They may be traveling in a dark blue or black two door Chevy Blazer or Ford Explorer with dark peeling window tint. The vehicle may contain a baby seat. The companion is armed and should be considered dangerous.

Trenton Duckett

Trenton was last seen in the area of Lady Lake Saturday afternoon. He was last seen wearing a shirt, blue denim shorts, and no shoes. Anyone seeing Trenton’s mother, or her vehicle in the vicinity of the Ocala National Forest or the Orlando area on Saturday or Sunday 08/26/2006 or 08/27/2006 is urged to call. Trenton is biracial; he is Asian and white.

Note: Father and son found, Amber Alert canceled

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, police received an anonymous tip from someone who saw a vehicle that matched what they had seen on a billboard in the area that displayed information related to the Amber Alert.