Success Stories

The goal of the California Highway Patrol’s missing persons alert programs is to fulfil our duty as the statewide coordinator to the people of California and return victims and missing persons safely and quickly to their loved ones.  Below are some examples of  the successes of each missing persons alert.  Each success highlights the CHP’s commitment to our mission of providing the highest level of safety, service, and security to the communities we serve.


On April 16th, 2020, the Rupert Police Department in Idaho received a call from a mother that her 14-year old cognitively-impaired daughter, who was enticed by two suspects through text messages and social media to leave Idaho and go to California.  The suspects were associated with previous assaults and suspected of human trafficking.  An AMBER Alert was issued in Idaho and in California.  CHP Officers at the Emergency Notification and Tactical Alert Center undertook a massive investigative search and as a result, a cell phone ping located the suspect vehicle at a rest stop in Truckee, California.  Local CHP personnel located the suspect vehicle with one suspect inside.  When they did not initially find the victim, CHP officers on scene searched the surroudnign area and found fresh footprints in the snow leading to a heavily forested area where they found the other suspect and safely recovered the victim. 


On September 17, 2021, an AMBER Alert was requested by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for two brothers, ages nine and five, who were taken from their mother. The suspect had  a propensity toward violence. The CHP worked closely with allied agencies to locate the suspect and victims over 375 miles from where the abduction took place. Through precise coordination of information and resources, the victims were safely recovered and reunited with their mother 

​EMA Alert

On April 2nd, 2022, the Marina Police Department (MPD) requested the CHP for assistance with a missing 6-year-old girl who had limited verbal capabilities due to autism.  Multiple agencies provided personnel and unmanned aerial drones to assist with the search.  The CHP activated an EMA and sent out a Wireless Emergency Alert.  The community galvanized, organizing search parties and passing out flashlights to search through the night for the missing girl.  A member of one of the search parties located the missing girl in a rural area east of the Marina airport and she was returned to her family. 

​Silver Alert

On June 28, 2022, the San Bernardino Police Department contacted the CHP seeking the activation of a Silver Alert for a 78-year-old female that had walked away from a care facility. The missing person’s health conditions and the high temperature put her at extreme risk. A Silver Alert was activated and a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) was utilized to notify the community. A citizen in a neighboring city recognized the missing person from the WEA she had received on her cell phone. The citizen alerted local authorities and the missing person was safely returned to her care facility.



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