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An AMBER Alert has been issued for a missing 2-year-old Sanford girl, Hailey Traynham. She was taken by her father yesterday morning in Sanford after what investigators call a violent assault of the girl’s mother. Authorities are looking for Gary Traynham, 38, and his two year old daughter Hailey.

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Authorities say the two may be in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire this afternoon. Traynham is driving a 1998 green Dodge 1500 pickup truck with Maine registration 8629 NB. He is described as 5’11”, 230 pounds with balding brown hair, hazel eyes and a dark goatee. The girl has shoulder length blond hair, blue eyes and weighs between 35 and 50 pounds.

Anyone who has seen Traynham or has information on his whereabouts should call Sanford Police at 207-324-3644 or dial 911 on a cell phone.

Update 11-10-09:

MILTON, N.H. — A 2-year-old girl — whose father, police said, took from her mother’s home in Maine on Monday — was reunited safely with family Tuesday thanks, in part, to a hunter’s discovery.


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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.


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.

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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