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New Boston police join missing person network

The New Boston Police Department announced Tuesday they have become a participating member of the A Child is Missing Alert Program.

The program is similar to what the state has in the Amber Alerts, but the A Child is Missing Alert Program places actual calls to local citizens — more than 1,000 calls within 60 seconds. The alert message will include the age of the missing person, a description of the person, their clothing description, and the last known time and location of where the person was seen. The alert covers under persons under the age of 21 and disabled and elderly persons, often with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“Once an officer takes a missing person report that falls under the guidelines of his program, we will place a immediate call to the A Child is Missing Alert Program operators who then will input the information into their automatic data system and a recorded message will be sent out to all local telephone numbers in the New Boston and Scioto County areas, informing our local citizens of the alert,” said New Boston Police Capt. Steve Goins.

The standard Alert Program utilizes computer mapping and enhanced satellite imagery to select an appropriate calling area, and will call between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., unless significant extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise. Police departments also have access to 24-hour alert calls. Unlisted phone numbers and cell phone numbers can also be entered into the database at to receive alert calls.

According to the program, a child is reported missing in the United States every 40 seconds.

Goins said getting missing persons information out to the general public in a quick and timely manner is a major factor in helping find the missing child or elderly person before they are hurt. The more people in our area that can assist the police in going out in their neighborhood and helping to look for the person, the more likely the outcome will be successful in finding the person.

“This program will most definitely benefit the department in how we search and look for missing persons. The program is also a free service to all law enforcement agencies,” Goins said.

Source: Portsmouth Daily Times

Amber Swartz’s Story


School Photo of Amber Swartz

Amber Swartz was just a couple months away from her eighth birthday when she was kidnapped around 4:15pm  on June 3, 1988 while playing in her front yard, she has not been seen or heard from since.

Kim Swartz, Amber’s mother, wouldn’t normally let Amber play alone but let it slide, knowing there next-door-neighbors were going to be home soon. Kim would check outside every 15-20 minutes and when she went to check on her, a little past 4pm, she noticed Amber wasn’t in eyesight and began looking for her.  She opened the door and called out for her and got no reply, that’s when she went out and noticed the jump-rope Amber was skipping on was also missing. After realizing her daughter wasn’t around, Kim became frantic and called Pinole Police Department, who came shortly after.

Amber’s story quickly received national attention due to the rarity of stranger abductions, especially in her town located in Pinole, California

Pinole Police along with the community came together to help search for the little girl. Police made stops to every house in the neighborhood, asking if anyone happen to see the missing girl. Amber’s face along with details of her disappearance were plastered on every pool in Pinole. People couldn’t get the image of the missing child out of their head and parents were fearful, paying extra close attention to their children and refused to let them play outside or walk to school by themselves.

On June 4th, one day after Amber disappeared, PPD located a pair of pink socks near the Swartz home. The Socks were found on A baseball diamond by the creek that flows behind Amber’s home. According to Investigators, this particular place had already been searched and it is believed that they were left after the initial search. Kim believes the socks may have belonged to her daughter, but wasn’t positive at the time. The same day, a witness claimed she seen someone matching the young girl’s description at Alvarado Park around 5o’clock PM being roughly handled by an adult white male being thrown into a car near the park’s entrance. The witness described the unknown man, saying he looked around 40 years of age, between 5’7” and 5’8”, and weighing approximately 160-170 pounds. He was driving an older model four-door general motors car, tan in color. Police were never able to identify the man and aren’t sure if the young girl was infact Amber.

For many years, Timothy Bindner was one of the main suspect’s in Amber Swartz abduction and possible murder.  Bidner was also a suspect in several other missing/murdered cases, including the disappearance of Michaela Garecht, Ilene Misheloff, Tara Cossey and Amanda Campbell.  But, over two decades later, police  were able to link DNA to the real culprit in Amber’s abduction. Curtis Dean Anderson.

Curtis Dean Anderson

Left; Amber Swartz, photo taking shortly before her disappearance Right; Curtis Dean Anderson, Amber’s kidnapper and killer

Police link Curtis Dean Anderson to the murder of Amber Swartz-Garcia

If you would like more detailed information regarding the kidnapping of Amber Swartz-Garcia, click: Charley Project: Amber Swartz

The Amber Foundation for Missing Children – Providing assistance to the families of children who have been abducted by a stranger.