Attorney General Jim Petro Teams Up with Truckers to Find Ohio's Missing Children
January 16 , 2004


COLUMBUS - Attorney General Jim Petro's Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse takes a new approach to finding missing children through the eyes of hundreds of truckers that cross Ohio's roadways each day.

"This initiative will help link the eyes and ears of truckers to law enforcement to help bring missing children home," said Attorney General Jim Petro.

"Truckers Helping to Recover Ohio's Missing Children" is an initiative that will provide the ability to go beyond the normal protocol when searching for children. This initiative will provide an alert that can be issued simultaneously with an AMBER alert or when an AMBER alert may not be issued but the missing child meets the truckers' alert criteria. Through the cooperation of Ohio's trucking industry, law enforcement will have additional means of searching for children who have been abducted by a stranger or a family member, locate runaways who are believed to be endangered, or to locate a child who is lost or has gone missing.

"Historically, truck drivers have been known for the aid they provide to stranded motorists and accident victims, and this partnership with the Ohio Attorney General's Office to help locate missing children will further that cause," said Ohio Trucking Association President Larry A. Davis.  "Truckers Helping To Recover Ohio's Missing Children will put many more eyes and ears on our highways to assist law enforcement in returning loved ones to their families.  It is a perfect fit, and our industry stands ready to assist in any way we can."

How it works:

  • A child goes missing and is reported to law enforcement.
  • Law enforcement determines a call to "Truckers Helping To Recover Ohio's Missing Children" is warranted and contacts the Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse to issue the alert.
  • The Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse will broadcast fax/e-mail the child's information to all of the participating trucking companies within the local or regional area that the law enforcement designates.
  • The receiving trucking companies will post the information in their drivers' lounges and dispatch offices, as well as include the information with the driver s' dispatches.
  • When a child is found, a notice will go out to the trucking companies that the child has been recovered.

The Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police helped develop the criteria law enforcement will follow to make a call to "Truckers Helping To Recover Ohio's Missing Children."

"We certainly appreciate the efforts of the associations allowing their drivers to put extra eyes on the roads, highways and rest areas of the state to assist in locating missing children throughout Ohio," said Robert Cornwell, Executive Director, Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association.

"A missing child is the most horrific ordeal for any parent to experience. The safe return of a missing child is the most critical of all public awareness campaigns undertaken today. The trucking industry and its thousands of members who travel our roadways daily will provide valuable assistance as a resource to the community," said Chief Dwight A. Holcomb, Upper Arlington Division of Police, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Board Member. "A mobile and wide reaching network of professional truck drivers that will help bring a successful and timely conclusion for anguishing parents in the safe return home of their missing child."

The Ohio Trucking Association is the first on board with this initiative, but many organizations and companies have since signed up for the launch, including: Mid-States Meat Association, Midwest Dairy Foods Association, Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association, Ohio Coal Association, Ohio Grocers Association, Ohio Lumbermen's Association, Ohio Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Ohio Soft Drink Association, and the Wholesale Beer and Wine Association of Ohio.

Attorney General Jim Petro brings law enforcement and truckers together to help find Ohio's missing children.

Pictured left to right are: Kimberly McConville, Ohio Soft Drink Association; Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldmen, Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association president; Chief Dwight Holcomb, Upper Arlington Police; John Benson, Ohio Lumbermenís Association; Tom Jackson, Ohio Grocers Association; Kristin Mullins, Ohio Grocers Association, Mid-State Meat Association and Midwest Dairy Foods Assoc; Attorney General Jim Petro; Larry Davis, Ohio Trucking Association; and Pat Jacomet, Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association.
For Additional Information on this Press Release:

CONTACT: Michelle Gatchell, Attorney General Jim Petro's Office, 614-466-3840 .                

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