Missing four years

February 10, 2009

Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes were last seen on February 10, 2005 in Jacksonville, Fl. after walking away from Paxon Middle School never to be seen by family and friends again.

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Headline News’ Christi Paul profiles two little boys last seen in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2005.

“Finding the Children”

At various charity events many people still inquire about them mistakenly believing they have been found. Should you have any information about them, please contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (Florida) 1-904-630-0500.


CAC Charities – powered by RadicalBuy

January 16, 2009

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But that isn’t all they do. They have been tireless in their support of our mission to increase public awareness of children reported missing every day in our communities. By providing us with this unique widget parents, friends and others will be aided in the search for their missing children by leveraging the power of the Internet.

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AMBER Alert Awareness Day

January 13, 2009

 

Today, January 13th is AMBER Alert Awareness Day.

The AMBER Alert™ Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child.

The AMBER Alert (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) honors the memory Amber Hageman who was murdered after being abducted from her home in 1996. The AMBER Alert became a nationally coordinated effort in 2002. There have been more than 426 AMBER Alert recoveries.

Though it is often described as a system used to assist in finding missing children, most states only activate them in the case where a child has been abducted.

The AMBER Alert system began in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. The system was created in memory of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas, who was abducted while riding her bicycle and later found murdered. AMBER (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alerts are emergency messages broadcast when a law enforcement agency determines that a child has been abducted and is in imminent danger. The broadcasts include information about the child and the abductor, including physical descriptions and information about the abductor’s vehicle, which could lead to the child’s recovery.

What are the criteria for issuing AMBER Alerts?

Each state AMBER Alert plan has its own criteria for issuing AMBER Alerts. The PROTECT Act, passed in 2003, which established the role of AMBER Alert Coordinator within the Department of Justice (DOJ), calls for DOJ to issue minimum standards or guidelines for AMBER Alerts that states can adopt voluntarily. DOJ’s guidance on criteria for issuing AMBER Alerts is:

  • Law enforcement must confirm that an abduction has taken place
  • The child is at risk of serious injury or death
  • There is sufficient descriptive information of child, captor, or captor’s vehicle to issue an alert
  • The child must be 17 years old or younger


Missing Children’s Day- Florida

October 28, 2008

Missing Children’s Day was yesterday in Florida. It was postponed previously due to severe storms in early Sept. One local family interviewed about their missing child is seeking answers to the question where are Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes walked away from Paxon Middle School on February 10, 2005.  They haven’t been seen since. His aunt, Angela Campbell, says, “It has been a very long time and it doesn’t hurt any less.”

Mark’s family wonders everyday if the boys are safe. And they look for Mark everyday, reminding themselves that they’re no longer searching for a 12-year-old. Mark is now 16-years-old. Mark’s aunt, Tonya Nhiev, says, “I’ve had this thought many times. I could be walking right by him. Because they change so much from 12 to 16.”

In the meantime, the family leans on each other for support. And they rely on their strong faith to keep them strong. They also work with the Child Alert Center to make sure Mark’s picture stays in circulation. Mark’s grandmother, Darlene Briggs, says it’s important. “That’s the main thing. Just keep their picture out there and making sure the community is aware that the boys are still missing.”

Anyone with information about the boys is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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What are you doing on Saturday Oct. 25

October 22, 2008

 

Saturday October 25th is National Make a Difference Day. Please help us by participating in our “Give a Little, Save a Life” campaign. Click here for details I care

The more submissions from people nationwide, the greater the awareness for missing children.

Child Alert Center Charities is a 501 (c) 3 charity. As part of our public awareness campaign we ask volunteers to submit a picture or make a poster with the words “Give a Little, Save a Life”. We accept but do not require donations for their efforts. It simply provides us an opportunity to discuss the issue of missing children or direct them to our website where they can view their photos and learn more. Thank you for your support!


Game on

October 6, 2008

The Jacksonville Jaguars lost a thrilling 26-21 game Sunday night to the Pittsburg Steelers. The winners though may be the fans who stopped by the Child Alert Center’s booth prior to the game. Not only did they learn more about missing children issues, but many showed their support by taking a part in our “Give a Little, Save a Life” campaign.

      

 

To view more pictures or comment on yours, visit our website, facebook or MySpace sites.


I care

September 19, 2008

“Give a Little, Save a Life”

 

Our mission is to save a child’s life. This will be accomplished by:

  • Increasing public awareness of children reported missing every day in our communities.
  • Educating the public on children safety issues to decrease child abduction opportunities.
  • Put the “I” in Give. A very simple way to help is to click on the I Care tab above.