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Kamiyah Mobley

Kamiyah was abducted from her mother’s room at University Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL at 3:00 p.m. on July 10, 1998. The suspect was dressed in a nurse’s blue floral smock and green scrub pants. She is a black female, approx. 25-35 years old, 130-160 lbs. She possibly wears wigs and glasses. The child has Mongolian spots on her buttocks which tend to fade in 6-8 months. No infant metabolic screening has been performed on the baby. Birth mother has tested positive for sickle cell anemia and strep type B. Kamiyah also has an umbilical hernia.

Should you see this donated billboard consider thanking Clear Channel Outdoor-Jacksonville Division, Florida Outdoor Advertising Association (FOAA) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

FL Outdoor Advertising Association, FOAA and its members are long-standing partners with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Missing and Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse (MEPIC) 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.

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The state agency has had 231 Amber Alert requests since August 2002, Block said. A total of 191 were denied and 40 requests, involving about 46 children, were accepted. About 43 of those children were found safe. The agency doesn’t track the outcomes of the requests that are denied

Why doesn’t the state have a compelling interest to be involved in the tracking of the 191 cases that were denied? Would it not be of value to understand the outcome of the denied cases?

…”I think we should always be reviewing everything we do, especially when situations like this come to light,” said Isett, R-Lubbock. “We can’t imagine every circumstance when we

write a law. … I think it is safe to say I would be interested in more flexibility.”

Isett, who chairs the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, said he plans to start the conversation early next year and call for a review of the procedures that trigger the alert system.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is up for review this year by the Sunset Advisory Commission. The commission reviews all government agencies every 12 years to identify and eliminate waste, duplication and inefficiency.

So has the SAC ever reviewed the AMBER Alert system which began on 1996? Why wait 12 years to review the effectiveness of an agency?

“This would probably be a good time and a good reason (to start discussing it),” Isett said, noting the abduction’s unique circumstances. “When you had a pretty good reason to suspect foul play, the state would have, I think, a compelling interest to be involved.”

It might also be a good time and a good reason to track the cases of the 191 denied requests.

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Would you have been as interested had you not thought it was a football score?

How often do you think AMBER alerts are issued? How successful are they? You can find some of the answers in the 2007 AMBER ALERT REPORT

Texas issued the most alerts (31) followed by Michigan (29). These states issued none; Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, and West Virginia.

SUMMARY OF AMBER ALERT CASES

Between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2007, 227 AMBER Alert cases were issued in the United States involving 278 children. At the time the AMBER Alert cases were intaked there were 106 FAs, 94 NFAs, 25 LIMs, and 2 ERUs. Seventeen (17) cases were later determined to be hoaxes, and 22 cases were later determined to be unfounded.

Of the 227 AMBER Alerts issued between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2007, 188 cases resulted in a recovery, 48 of which were successfully recovered as a direct result of those respective AMBER Alerts being issued. Six (6) children were recovered deceased, and as of February 20, 2008, when statistics for this report were generated, no AMBER Alerts issued in 2007 remained active.

Recently a boy was abducted in Las Vegas, allegedly by members of a Mexican drug cartel. At the time, the perception was there was a nationwide AMBER Alert issued but there is no nationwide AMBER Alert system. In fact according to this study, none were issued in 2007.

MULTISTATE AMBER ALERTS
When an AMBER Alert is issued an abductor may take the child outside the jurisdiction of the
issuing law-enforcement authority. In some cases the state where the AMBER Alert originated
may request an AMBER Alert be extended into another state. In 2007, 6 AMBER Alerts were
extended beyond the limits of the state where the AMBER Alert first originated.

 

 

Note: FAs- family abductions, NFAs-non family abductions, LIMs- lost injured missing, and ERUs- Endangered runaways.

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There are 41 missing children listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 5 years-old and 57 missing 6 year-olds. Reading this story, is it a wonder there aren’t more?

WAUKEGAN – A recent incident in which a 6-year-old girl was mistakenly released from school and told to walk home was criticized by city officials Monday, who said school personnel should have called police when the girl’s mother reported her missing.

“There’s nothing more important to us than finding a missing child, (and) there are all kinds of things we can do in a situation like that,” said Police Chief William Biang, adding that the dilemma could have been addressed by the department’s relatively new Child Abduction Response Team.

Non-family abduction

REACHELLE SMITH
Missing Since: 5/17/06
Age Now: 6
Missing from:
MINOT, ND

Lost. Injured or missing

KENDRICK T JACKSON
Missing Since: 4/7/06
Age Now: 5
Missing from: HOUSTON, TX

JEWEL MAHAVIA STRONG
Missing Since: 5/28/06
Age Now: 5
Missing from: PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL

CLAUDIA JARETH GUILLEN
Missing Since: 11/24/04
Age Now: 6
Missing from: YUMA, AZ

TA’NIYAH MONIQUE LEONARD
Missing Since: 10/19/02
Age Now: 6
Missing from: BARTOW, FL

JESSICA VARGAS BIATRIZ
Missing Since: 11/4/06
Age Now: 6
Missing from: SANFORD, FL

Endangered missing:

GIOVANNI COLON-GONZALEZ
Missing Since: 8/15/08
Age Now: 5
Missing from: LYNN, MA

The other missing children are victims of family abductions.

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You can learn how to make your own Child ID Kit  and tell others or you can buy a franchise and sell others. When you see an ad for a Child ID kit franchise, do you think what a great way to protect children or does it come across as an enterpeneur trying to make a buck?  

The franchise fee includes all of the hardware, software, marketing materials, tech support, training and everything else that you need to start your home-based business. The total cost including the franchise fee is $19,900. We also include enough Child ID Kits to process your first 100 kids.

 

or this one

All inclusive, turn-key territories are $28,700 and include an exclusive territory, all of your equipment, a generous beginning inventory, a minimum of two full days initial training and unlimited ongoing support.

or this ad:

A franchise is only $24,900 and includes all necessary equipment, supplies, and initial inventory.

 

or what if you only paid for services?

There is a one time, LIFETIME, enrollment fee of only $199 per family, and just $15 per month to keep the service in force. This protects all your children up to age 18 and college students living at home up to age 22.

Why not donate instead to any of the Charities listed here or by clicking on the Resource tab above, Foundations and Charities.

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There are 20 missing children reported as missing in Arkansas at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. All but three are under 18 years-old. The most familiar name may be that of Morgan Nick . She was abducted by an unknown white male while she was playing at a ballpark in Alma, AR on June 9, 1995.  The States AMBER Alert is named after her.

The youngest are Anna Rose Gray and Hopi Scout Gray who were abducted by their non-custodial mother last year.

While you can understand the need to be better prepared to handle potential missing children cases, there seems to be plenty of opportunities to learn from previous unsolved ones.

TIMES RECORD-Several area law enforcement agencies will participate in a drill Wednesday searching for a “missing child” in Fort Smith.

The drill, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will involve at least 70 participants from area police agencies. Agencies will work together in an effort to get a feel for a real missing/abducted child call, said Sgt. Adam Holland of the Fort Smith Police Department.

Known as “Operation Hope,” the drill has been in the planning stages for the last nine months.

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On the Dr. Phil show, Ernie Allen, president and founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, quoted statistics about the number of missing children found after Hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast several years ago when responding to this question.

Dr. Phil:

“Common sense, just common experience, tells me that blonde-haired, blue-eyed, gorgeous little children get a lot more exposure and attention locally and nationally than do those from lower socio-economic strata and those from minorities,” Dr. Phil points out. “Set me straight, Ernie.” … “Can you name one of these cases, in the last four or five years, that was a minority case that got the media attention?” Dr. Phil probes.

Ernie Allen:

“A little girl in Philadelphia in 2002 — a 7-year-old named Erica Pratt, who was abducted for ransom and escaped — received intense media coverage. Probably the most dramatic example was, of course, the children who were missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,” Ernie responds. “We helped find 5,200 kids. So the media works. The challenge is, there are just not enough kids being focused on.”

What he didn’t mention was:

  • Any case in the last four or five years
  • The involvement of the National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA)
  • The number of children still missing after Hurricane Ike this year.

According to KTRK-TV ABC13 in Houston, Tx:

FRIENDSWOOD, TX — There are still dozens of families waiting for word on loved ones still missing from Hurricane Ike. A number of the missing are children.

The Laura Recovery Center has pictures posted on its Web site. More than 360 cases are unresolved, 25 are children, and even today they received more calls from family members trying to locate loved ones.

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