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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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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.


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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If there are no costs to operating an AMBER Alert then why would a 28-year-old man in Vermont be held in jail after being charged with making a false report about an abducted child. Maybe it is because Officers from at least five agencies scoured a section of Burlington late Saturday and went door to door looking for information after receiving the report of the possible abduction.

The Amber Alert system is more effective as theater than as a way
Boston Globe, United States – Jul 19, 2008

“It doesn’t cost anybody anything,” argues Tyler Cox, operations manager for radio station WBAP, chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Amber Plan Task Force, and one of the people who helped create the original Amber Alert. “There’s no expense to operating an Amber Alert system if you’re doing it the right way.”

There is a tremendous amount of resources required and various levels of approval necessary to activate an AMBER Alert. Perhaps it doesn’t cost the station anything to air an alert but there is expense in operating the system.

Note:  He could be sentenced to up to two years in prison.

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The cost of an Amber Alert

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 Police say missing Vt. 12-year-old’s body found


Uddate 10-02-08  Uncle Indicted in Death of Brooke Bennett, 12

A man charged with sexually assaulting and murdering his 12-year-old niece persuaded another young girl to help him by telling her he was part of a child sex ring that selected girls for “termination,” according to a federal indictment.

Michael Jacques, 42, was accused in the indictment released Wednesday of drugging, sexually assaulting and then killing Brooke Bennett, whose body was found in July in a shallow grave near Jacques’ Vermont home.

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Alaska is not the only State not to have never activated an AMBER Alert  for Brooke Bennett. Visit the Vermont AMBER Alert site and the last press release was for a full scale test of the Amber Child Abduction Alert System which took place in November 2004.

BROOKFIELD– Vermont State Police issued this state’s first Amber Alert on Thursday afternoon as they searched for a missing 12-year-old girl from Braintree.

Brooke Bennett was last seen at 9 a.m. on Wednesday when her uncle dropped her off at a Cumberland Farms in Randolph. At 9 p.m. that night her grandmother reported her missing to the State Police barracks in Rockingham. After searching throughout the day Thursday, police issued an Amber Alert, a national all-points bulletin for a missing child, around 5:15 p.m.


Update 07-01-08   Search for missing girl turns to uncle’s property

Update 07-02-08    Police say missing Vt. 12-year-old’s body found

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The adoptive father of missing Jaliek Rainwalker, has been named a person of interest“. Apparently it wasn’t because he allegedly took down fliers seeking community support to search for Jaliek. Nor was it the odd tale of the child running away to join an African-American family or gang. It wasn’t even his refusal to take a polygraph or the odd note Jaliek allegedly wrote as part of a home work assignment.

GREENWICH —  New evidence in the case of missing 12-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker has hurt the credibility of his adoptive police said Monday. Investigators have uncovered an image of a van that looks like the one Stephen Kerr was driving the night Rainwalker disappeared.

His attorney defends his actions by suggesting how difficult it is to remember events that happened months ago. Just a thought, why didn’t he share the information then?

Father refuses to allow search

Waited nearly 90 minutes to report Jaliek missing on Nov. 2. Kerr told police he found what he deemed a “suicide or runaway” note at 7:30 a.m. that day, but called police at 8:57 a.m. Police would not say what his explanation is, and his lawyer, Jeffrey McMorris, said he did not know either, but that it was impossible to recall every moment of a day 2-1/2 months ago.

Some reports are that Stephen Kerr wants to know where the videotape was taken. The Post-Star stated it was obtained from the Glens Falls National Bank in Greenwich and is video of a gold Chrysler Town & Country van. Police had previously searched the van but found no evidence.

Update 01-17-08   In what could be considered a questionable “move” the family may actually be doing just that. Would you move from where your child went missing without the case being resolved? The weather may not be the only thing chilly in West Rupert, Vt.

Neighbors say Kerr planning move to Vt.

WEST RUPERT, Vt. – There is a new chapter opening surrounding the case of missing 12-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker. Residents in the small town of West Rupert, Vermont say Jaliek’s adoptive family is moving there.

Update 01-31-08

ALBANY – The FBI is investigating a letter sent to Capital Region media outlets claiming missing 12-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker is alive and well.NewsChannel 13 and The Post-Star received copies of the anonymous letter Thursday morning

 This note was apparently provided to them.

FYI: Clues police can use to link a document with a printer:

  • Similar shreds or dust
  • Consistency of ink
  • Streaks, marks, or lines caused by the printer
  • Some printers contain chips that record usage
  • Some printers create a pattern of small dots visible only under ultra-violet light.

Source: Times Union research

Update 02-07-08   Fox23 News

Police are expected to look in the Hudson River this morning for 12-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker.

Investigators think Rainwalker’s adoptive father, Stephen Kerr, may have traveled through the Troy area the night of November 1st, which was the last time Jaliek was seen.

Update 02-08-08  Police Search Home of Jaliek Rainwalker’s Grandparents in Greenwich according to Fox23 News.

Authorities collect bags and boxes of evidence from inside the home where missing 12-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker once stayed. Police in Greenwich got a search warrant to go into the home on Hill Street in the town, and they came out with a sizable amount of evidence.

Update 02-08-08

WEST RUPERT, Vt. — Jaliek Rainwalker’s adoptive parents move to Vermont, but their new neighbors say they are not welcome. Stephen Kerr and Jocelyn McDonald moved across state lines to the small town of West Rupert, Vermont

Update 02-16-08  Stephen Kerr’s and Jocelyn McDonald’s attorney doesn’t seem to dispute his clients possible role in connection with writing the note received by Police, only how evidence is being collected.

GREENWICH — The adoptive parents of missing 12-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker filed a notice of claim Friday against the village of Greenwich and its police chief over the search of their home last week by police, alleging “trespass and false imprisonment,” among other accusations.

Update Nov. 1st: View latest missing poster jaliek-rainwalker

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