Public helps find lost child with Down syndrome

2012-11-09T11:15:00Z 2012-11-09T23:50:36Z Public helps find lost child with Down syndromeRegister staff Napa Valley Register
November 09, 2012 11:15 am  • 

Law enforcement’s Nixle alert system helped find a 13-year-old boy with Down syndrome who had became lost after visiting the Oxbow Public Market with his family Thursday afternoon.

The family was visiting from Benicia when the boy somehow became separated from them, Napa police said. Police, coordinating with Napa Sheriff’s deputies, began searching at about 4:30 p.m.

A Nixle alert — a notification service for law enforcement — was sent to local residents, which resulted in calls placing the boy near the downtown area.

A Sheriff’s deputy located the boy at Third and Coombs streets shortly after 5 p.m. At that point, the boy had been missing for about 45 minutes.

He was safely returned to his family.

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(4) Comments

  1. napa1957
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    napa1957 - November 09, 2012 11:13 pm
    Whew! I had no idea this existed, but what a wonderful system. Congrats Napa Law Enforcement.
  2. snowmom2
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    snowmom2 - November 10, 2012 7:27 am
    I have NIXLE, and it's the best thing. It makes Napa safe! I highly encourage everyone to download it and messages will be sent to you on your cell phone and computer. Everything from missing persons to road closures. Thank you again Napa for a great way to communicate in this town!
  3. Lynn W
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    Lynn W - November 10, 2012 7:56 am
    I am so sorry for the parents who had to have just experienced the longest 45 minutes of their lives. Glad the young man is safe and thanks to those who care enough to be aware and helpful.
  4. LocalYocal
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    LocalYocal - November 10, 2012 2:01 pm
    Napa IS NOT safe. Nixle is a great notification system, but doesn't make this overcrowded town safer.
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