Public Notification System Helps Police Locate Missing Girl
By Mike Perleberg
(Aurora, Ind.) – Dearborn County’s two-year-old Rapid Notify emergency notification system is credited for helping officers locate a missing five-year-old girl in Aurora Monday.
“You can image how horrified that child was,” says Aurora Chief of Police Josh Daugherty.
According to the police chief, the child’s school bus drops her off at varying locations to meet up with her mother after school each day. The kindergartener got off the bus at her home at an apartment building on the 200 block of Conwell Street. However, she should have gotten off at her aunt’s home on Exporting Street.
When her child didn’t arrive as expected on Exporting Street, the girl’s family notified police at around 3:30 p.m. Aurora PD utilized the Dearborn County Rapid Notify system to alert by phone residents and businesses in the area of the situation.
Daugherty said a number of citizens were quickly outside their homes looking for the youngster.
A neighbor at Conwell Street received the message, according to Daugherty. He called police to tell them that he had a short time earlier seen the girl crying on the front steps of her apartment.
That information allowed police to concentrate their search effort to that section of Conwell Street, where they found the girl being watched in the home of a family friend just after 4:30 p.m. That friend had not received the Rapid Notify message and was unaware of the search, Daugherty said.
“It’s an excellent resource to have available,” Daugherty says of Rapid Notify. “And the response from the community was great.”
Dearborn County introduced Rapid Notify in 2012. Sheriff Mike Kreinhop says the system is commonly used for weather-related notifications to county residents, but it becomes especially useful in the rare occasions of a missing person being sought or to warn citizens of a dangerous person on the loose.
“We’re glad to have it and if it hasn’t earned its keep already it should very soon,” Kreinhop says.
Dearborn County residents and businesses can register their land line or mobile phone for Rapid Notify notifications via phone call or text message at http://dearborncountysheriff.org/Rapidnotify/default.html.
The parent took responsibility when she provided a note with an address. Not taking responsibility would of been not providing a note and letting a child of that age, alone. Schools need to be accountable for our children as we, as parents are. Instead of hashing out who's to blame, lets work to make sure it doesn't happen not only to this child again, but to any child! Who cares how many places one has to be picked up or dropped off. We are a community that should be looking out for one another.
the bus driver screwed up not the school. maybe someone should check the driver out find out why they did
not drop her off at the right place,instead of just letting off a 5 year old child to fend for her self!
This is tiffany marksberry the mother of my 6 year old that was dropped off for the first time ever not various locations n the school still doesnt have the correct address it was fifgh street not exporting and she was not with a friend of the family she knows the lady. This whole story is false to cover the schools but and the bus driver my lawer will find the thruth
While I'm happy the child is okay, why is the child allowed to be dropped at various location? When did we start catering to families in this manner? Maybe a little personal responsibilty for one child by the "parents" would help?
I'm glad that your daughter is safe... period. I've had bus mix ups before and it's a terrifying feeling until your child is safe and home and you're reunited. I'm not sure there is a perfect system for bus changes... because it's a plan made and executed by humans... aka imperfect beings. Thank God this story has a happy ending. If this is a false story by eagle, I hope they get the facts straight and update. People sure are quick to point fingers and lay blame and sometimes it should just be left at, stuff happens, thank God it turned out ok.
The bus driver had both notes they gave my daughters note to my son instead of her this story is false as heck the school is to blame not me they did not do there job and it is out in the open now
Like i said my name is tiffany and my daughter has never before this day evrr been dropped off anywhere but at my house everyday the bius driver had both notes for my son n ddaughter they did not tell my six year old but like i said the school is trying to cover there ass
I would like to thank all of the police in there help and in there quick response! That was amazing . And as for the comments about communication and parents responsibility my daughter called the school and asked that they be dropped off at their aunts house because she couldn't make it home in time for the bus! And that is on fifth street however the bus driver did not tell my granddaughter that so lets get our facts straight ! That's why the schools ask for an emergency drop off or other family member that can pick them up from school so these horrible things don't happen ! It was miscommunication and thank god she is safe! The only place unless home she would get dropped off is her aunts there are no various locations . So don't always start blaming the parent until you know them or the facts! Thanks again to all who helped this is a families nightmare and we appreciate all the help.