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A St. Louis Regional Abduction Alert (SARAA) was issued late Sunday for 5-month-old Cortez Rose but, unless you live in the area, you may not have seen the alert.

MADISON, IL (KTVI-FOX2now.com) – Police in Madison, Illinois issued a St. Louis Regional Abduction Alert late Sunday evening after a child was kidnapped over the weekend. Madison police say 5-month-old Cortez Rose was taken from his home on Saturday afternoon by his 17-year-old babysitter, Danielle Medina. The family and investigators fear the child might be in danger.

The child’s parents told authorities the child was taken without their permission around 2:00pm Saturday.

Cortez Rose was last seen in a red t-shirt and diaper at a bus stop on 19th Street in Granite City with Medina. Baby Cortez is approximately two feet tall and has birth marks on his right arm near his shoulder and on his right ankle.

Danielle Medina is described as a black female, five feet tall, 120 pounds, with a black ponytail and black and orange bangs. She was wearing a long brown shirt and black leggings and carrying a large gray purse. Police say the babysitter was pushing the baby in a large brown and tan stroller.

Madison police ask you to contact them at 618-876-4300 or dial 9-11 if you have any information on Danielle Medina or Cortez Rose.

Though her missing poster is listed at the NCMEC, St. Louis Regional Abduction Alert’s (SARAA) are not listed as active AMBER Alert on the site. What happens if the abductor leaves the area? How is the public aware of the alert being issued unless they are specifically following the case? She has been missing since June 06, 2009.

S.A.R.A.A. is a cooperative effort between the area’s law enforcement, radio and television stations, state highway departments, wireless service providers, and mass transit provider to find kidnapped children. Like other A.M.B.E.R. Plans, S.A.R.A.A. calls for the use of these resources to distribute timely kidnapping information to those people living in the St. Louis Metropolitan area and southwestern Illinois.

In Ohio, a statewide endangered missing child advisory has been issued for Haylee Elizabeth Jade Donathan believed to be in danger but shouldn’t an AMBER Alert have been issued? She isn’t listed at the NCMEC but is at the Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse.

CRESTLINE, Ohio – Authorities in Crestline, Ohio have issued an endangered missing child advisory for 3-year old Haylee Elizabeth Jade Donathan. Haylee was last seen in Crestline on May 28, with her mother, Candace K. Watson and her mother’s boyfriend Robbi Douglas Potter. Mr. Potter is a Tier III sex offender and was recently released from prison and living at a halfway house after being convicted of sexual battery with a minor. Potter now has warrants for his arrest. Watson and Potter are believed to still be together, possibly at a private campground in the Central Ohio area.

Potter-27, is a white male, 6’0”, 200 pounds with short, straight, brown hair. He has a beard and blue eyes. Candace Watson-24, is a white female, 5’1”, 170 pounds with shoulder-length, straight brown hair. They are believed to be driving a 1988 blue or black Chevy pick-up truck with a 30-day tag Q645916 or Ohio license plate CKX6248 or EKB3855. Haylee Donathan is a 3-year old white female, 2’5”, 37 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt with Minnie Mouse on the front and light purple shorts.

If you have any information, please contact the Crestline Police Department at (419) 683-2222 or your local authorities.


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In a recent article about the tragic deaths of two little boys in Illinois there was this quote concerning the use of an AMBER Alert. An alert was initially issued but later rescinded.

“We don’t want to desensitize the public by using it needlessly,” said Robert Hover of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. “We want to protect the program, but obviously the scales should always tip in favor of the child.”

There are approximately 116 different Amber Alert systems with the criteria for activating an AMBER Alert often varying between jurisdictions (State/Regional/Local).

There is a primary AMBER Alert which law enforcement issues, typically via the Highway Patrol for each state, followed by a redistributed one to secondary distributors such as online service providers and wirelss carriers. The information is then sent to media affiliates designated as primary stations under the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The primary stations send the same information to area radio and television stations and cable systems via the EAS, and it is then immediately broadcast by participating stations. The secondary alert may be delayed based on how quickly the redistribution takes place or who is responsible for the process. For example, Texas uses Beyond Missing for alerts while other states may use the NCMEC. Visit each site and you are likely to see different active AMBER Alerts. Some use secondary providers such as Code AMBER, or AMBERAlert but, depending on your State’s participation, you may or may not receive the alert.
Many States have passed Silver Alert, Gold Alert and Blue Alerts with all using some components of the AMBER Alert system; media outlets, highway signs, electronic billboards. If the concern is protecting the program, why the alerts? In most States, more Silver Alerts are anticipated to be issued than AMBER Alerts annually due to more lenient criteria.

Missing or endangered child alerts are issued almost daily throughout the country but you seldom hear about the child. It may account for why there are so many unsolved missing children cases listed at the NCMEC. There is currently an Endangered Alert from Code Amber News Service (CANS), (a secondary provider of alerts)  for missing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu but it is important to note that it is not an AMBER Alert. There may be currently active alerts which are not on the Code Amber Ticker.

East Texas implements new Amber Alert program

TYLER, Texas — East Texas law officers have a new Amber Alert system to use when a child goes missing from their area.

Under the regional system, officers can send information about child abductions to a center in Longview, which will then dispatch the information to radio and television stations via the Emergency Alert System. The regional system to be used in 14 counties supplements the statewide Amber Alert program. Seventeen other regional systems have been established in Texas.

For the statewide system to be activated, detectives must believe the child is in danger of serious injury or death. In the regional system, officers can also consider whether a child might be a sexual assault victim, under the age of 14 or with a nonfamily member who is at least three years older.

Supporters say the new system is faster than the state Amber Alert program, which filters information through Austin, then through the governor’s division of emergency management before it is determined if an alert is warranted. The alerts are then issued through the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“The state system may take an hour or more to do, and, by that time, someone from Longview would be in Louisiana,” Harry Goodan, training coordinator at the Longview Public Safety Communications Center, said in a story for Wednesday’s online edition of the Tyler Morning Telegraph.



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An AMBER Alert has been issued for two abducted boys in Illinois allegedly abducted by their father. He was scheduled to to drop the boys off at the LeRoy Police Department on Sunday, but failed to do so.

Abducted Name(s): Duncan G Connolly & Jack D Connolly
Date/Time Abducted: 03/08/2009 1800
Location of Abduction: 111 E. Center, Leroy Illinois, Leroy Police Department
*Alert Updated: 3/9/2009 8:49:25 PM

Originating Agency: SO McLean County
Contact Person: Lieutenant Jeff Elston
Phone: 309-888-5019

If available, photos are posted at www.missingkids.com

Description of Abduction:
At the request of the Sheriff’s office in Mclean County, the Illinois emergency alert system is activated for an AMBER Alert. the Mclean County Sheriff’s Office has a confirmed child abduction that occurred at leroy police department, 111 East Center, Leroy Illinois, Duncan G Connolly is a male asian 9 years old, 3 feet 6 inches tall, 66 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, with a scar on his upper lip on the left side and a birthmark on his right thumb, wearing a green coat, burgundy hoodie and a black shirt, and black pants with a red stripe.

Jack D Connolly is a male asian 7 years old, 3 feet 4 inches tall, 62 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, a scar on his right eyebrow and a surgical scar behind his right ear, wearing a red and blue coat and a blue shirt, and red and blue pants.

The suspect is Michael L Connolly, male asian, 40, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 175 pounds, black hair and brown eyes driving a grey 2009 Dodge dynasty, Illinois license A326109. anyone with information should call 9-1-1 and advise they have an amber alert report. this concludes the amber alert issued by the illinois state police.

Update 03-17-09:

WHEN: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. CDT
McLean County Illinois Sheriff’s Office
104 W. Front St., Bloomington, IL 61701

WHAT: A task force assembled to locate and return Duncan and Jack
Connolly, abducted by their father on March 8, 2009, will
provide new information, photographs and respond to media

Duncan and Jack Connolly are believed to have been abducted by
Michael Connolly. An Amber Alert (www.amberalert.com) was
issued on March 9, 2009. There is growing concern for the
safety of the children as time passes.

WHO: Task force includes investigators from the McLean County (IL)
Sheriff’s Office, McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office, the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Marshall’s
Service, the Illinois State Police, the Bloomington (IL)
Police, the Normal (IL) Police, and the LeRoy (IL) Police

In neighboring Missouri, Kansas City police cancelled the Amber Alert for 3-year-old Allyson Corrales allegedly abducted by her father, Luis Corrales who is a person of interest in Allyson’s mother’s death.

Update 03-30-09: 2 missing boys, dad found dead downstate

The bodies of two young boys and their father who were the subject of an Amber Alert earlier this month were found Sunday in rural Putnam County, McLean County Sheriff’s police confirmed Monday.

Downstate Putnam County sheriff’s police found the bodies of 9-year-old Duncan Connolly, 7-year-old Jack Connolly and their father, Michael Connolly, 40, around 5 p.m. Sunday, a McClean County sheriff’s press release said. The release said the bodies were found in a “secluded remote area in Putnam County.”

The release said that the two brothers’ bodies were found in the back seat of a vehicle. Michael Connolly was found approximately 60 feet to the west of the vehicle, the release said.

Related Posts: AMBER Alert activated in Kansas City abduction

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In an interesting article, 5 years later, Round Lake teen remains missing,  from the Waukegan Sun News, there is a story about a missing runaway. She is described as habitual even though she always returned the same day.

 The police contacts, which began in October 2001 and ended when she ran away at the age of 13, include 18 previous runaway complaints and 22 curfew issues.

On  Jan. 19, 2003, Zulma Yadira Flores, left home apparently for the last time. She is listed under Case Type: Endangered Runaway at the NCMEC.

Similar to the disappearance of Jaliek Rainwalker, she was described as less than perfect. Jaliek though dispite his adoptive father’s explanation for his disappearance is listed under Case Type: Endangered Missing.

There are 21 children under Case Type: Endangered Runaway at the NCMEC between the ages of 12-13 years-old. All but 1 became an Endangered Runaway either in 2007 or this year. There are 793 in total. Many like Zulma are also “aging” through the system so the age displaying is their current age.

National Runaway Switchboard

Other missing children in 2008 between the ages of 12-14 listed at the NCMEC

Jessica Chagoya  (her poster is still at the NCMEC)

Note: STOCKTON, Calif. — A 12-year-old Lathrop girl who disappeared in the Stockton area has been found, and a 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Hunter Hinson

Rebecca Lara

Jessenia Moran

Suzanne Rieger

Shaunice Turnage

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In excess of 800,000 children are reported missing each year.

You have seen the statistics. Reading about the Trenton Duckett disappearance, I ran across this Orlando Sentinel about missing children cases in Florida.


On average, 453 children have gone missing each year since 1984 making Florida the 3rd highest. If you multiplied that number by 50, that would equate, on the high side to roughly 22,650 children missing each year. A huge number but far less then 800k.

“…In fact, Trenton is just one of several thousand Florida children reported missing during the past decade. Only California and Illinois outnumber  Florida’s 9,521 missing-children cases reported between 1984 and 2005 to the Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

How do you report statistics if you don’t keep the records? Maybe that explains why all the referenced studies they do use are several years old.


“…While the Missing & Exploited Children center typically receives the most publicized cases, it does not keep records of all children reported missing.“We actually get a small proportion of cases reported [to law enforcement] because the vast majority of cases are resolved quickly,” said Athena Ware, a spokeswoman for the organization…”

Are family abductions treated with the same sense of urgency as non-family abductions or are they expected to resolve themselves?


“…But most children reported missing to police show up several hours after wandering off, law-enforcement officials say. Others get snatched up by someone they know or a parent fighting for custody…”

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