from our local Charlotte Observer:
Police search for missing 15-year-old girl
By Lindsay Ruebens
Posted: Wednesday, Jul. 08, 2009
Police are looking for a 15-year-old girl who has been missing since last Thursday.
Tyra Porter was last seen leaving 1602 Dendy Lane in Charlotte around 1:30 p.m.
Police say she is 5-foot-2 and 95 pounds. Her family is concerned about her safety because of health issues.
Anyone with information can reach Detective A.L. Hart at 704-336-4196. Police ask anyone who has seen Porter or knows of her whereabouts to call 911.
From our local Charlotte Observer
Child abducted in eastern NC
NewsChannel 36 Staff
Posted: Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2009
The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing child who they believe was abducted.
The missing child is 4-year-old Marlon Ramon Torres. Police say he is approximately 3 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 28 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with red flashing lights and green shorts.
The suspect in this case is Jose Ramon Torres. Police say he is described as being 31 years old, 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a beige t-shirt with cartoons on the front and Paco blue jeans.
The child was allegedly taken from his home in Autryville. The suspect is reportedly driving a dark blue 1998 Ford Mustang GT with NC license plate number YTJ-9175.
If you have information regarding this case, you’re asked to call the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-592-1151 or 911.
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Below are some alarming statistics from the Center to Prevent Lost Children, based out of Boston. http://www.preventinglostchildren.org/
- Over 2000 U.S. kids get lost every day.1
- Less than 10% are reported to any authority.2
- Approximately 100 U.S. kids are stereotypically kidnapped by strangers each year.1
- 90% of families will experience losing a child in a public place.
- 20% have lost a child more than once.2
- 7 out of 10 kids get lost at least once in their lives.2
- 95% will forever remember the trauma of getting lost.2
- Parents rank losing a child 5 times more concerning to them than terrorism and 3 times more concerning than abduction.2
- Kids get lost most often in malls and stores (45%)2
- 27% of families that visit an amusement park lose a child while they are there.3
- Only 9% of parents put some form of safe ID on their children.2
- 76% of parents want to know what to do to prevent a child from getting lost.2
1: Source = NISMART2: National Incident Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrownaway Children. U.S. Department of Justice. October 2002.
2: Source = Wander Wear Inc. parent survey, September 2006.
3: Source = IntiMetrix study, 2002.
For the 76% of parents who want to know what to do to prevent their child from getting lost I say look no further than the sentryGPSid personal location device! It’s the smallest, most intelligent, and most cost effective GPS tracking device and web portal combination on the market today. With the sentryGPSid you can know before your loved one wanders!
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By NewsChannel 36 Staff
Posted: Sunday, Jun. 21, 2009
There’s an Amber Alert this weekend out of Moore County, North Carolina to help find a 14-year-old girl. Southern Pines police are looking for Gabriela Velazquez. Officers say she is 5-feet 4-inches talll and weighs 120 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.
Police think 20-year-old Ciro Salina may have taken her from the National Guard Armory. He is described as being 5-feet 6-inches tall and also has black hair and brown eyes.
Police don’t know which direction they could be traveling in. If you see them or recognize their names being used for any purchases, call 9-1-1.
I just read the below article in the local Charlotte newspaper, the Charlotte Observer, and I just can’t imagine the reason a toddler would be wandering the streets by herself at 4:30 in the morning. Better yet, why were her parents not frantic as to where she was unless they were sound asleep and she somehow managed to get outside of the house by herself. Maybe they need a sentryGPSid to alert them when their daughter wanders from home…
Toddler found in Pineville roadway at 4:30 a.m.
Police say a toddler found wandering in the middle of a busy Pineville roadway early this morning has been reunited with her parents.
The girl, thought to be 2 or 3 years old, was spotted about 4:30 a.m. in the middle of Johnston Road in Pineville.
The girl was found in the 10200 block of Johnston Road, a short distance north of McMullen Creek Parkway. That is north of Pineville-Matthews Road.
Police say the motorist who found the girl took her to a nearby gas station and called police. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police joined with Pineville police to try and determine where the girl lives.
Authorities began calling phone numbers at residences within a half-mile radius of the Johnston Road area. Shortly before 11 a.m., CMPD Officer Robert Fey said police were able to find the girl’s parents.
The girl was not injured, police say.
How fast is one mile per minute? Well the obvious answer is 60 miles per hour, but let’s look at a graphical representation of exactly how fast 1 mile per minute really is:
A Missing Child Can Disappear At 1 Mile Per Minute
Click on the image for a larger version and you will see 12 concentric circles based around Lincoln, Nebraska. The inner most circle represents just how far a missing child can disappear in 1 hour. Each additional circle represents an additional hour, with the outer most circle representing only 12 hours. That’s 720 miles.
Even 1 mile is well out of the range of any RFID based child location system on the market today, in fact most of them do not even have a range of more than 600 feet – that’s just 2 football fields. At 1 mile (5280 feet) a minute (60 seconds), a missing child could be out of range of any of these RFID based child location systems in just 8.8 seconds (5280 feet / 60 seconds). So within 10 seconds of your child going missing he or she could be well outside of the range of any RFID based child location system. Just 10 seconds. And that means there’s not even an indication of which direction to start searching.
That’s why a GPS child locator is so much more effective in locating a missing child than an RFID based system. The sentryGPSid child locator is not a locally based system with a limited range. It has the ability to locate a missing child anywhere in the world, through any internet connected computer. As long as the sentryGPSid can pick up a cellular signal in order to broadcast it’s location back up to our webportal.
Additionally, not only does the sentryGPSid allow you to locate your device anywhere a cellular signal can be obtained, our geofencing technology also lets you know BEFORE your child goes missing by sending you customized alerts as soon as your child leaves their predefined safe zones. You can also send a text message to your device at any time and it will respond back it’s exact location as well as a link to a map which will show you it’s exact position.