Past Alerts

July 12, 2013 – Shellsburg, Iowa – Recovered Safe

Shellsburg, IA -- On Friday, July 12, 2013, 11 year old Kiley Seane Shannon was reported missing to the Shellsburg Police Deparment in Benton County.

At approximately 10:15 PM, an AMBER Alert was issued requesting the public's assistance in locationg the young girl. Law enforcement had reason to believe Kiley was taken by her non-custodial father, 37 year old Sean Shannon. The pair were reportedly traveling in a 1998, 4-door, green Chrysler Cirrus with IOWA license plate number 452 WWY.

Just one hour after the AMBER Alert was issued, Cedar Rapids police officer spotted the Chrysler at 42nd Street NE and Center Point Road NE in their city.

Kiley Shannon was returned safely to her home. Mr. Shannon was later charged with 3rd Degree Kidnapping.

June 4, 2013 – Monona County, Iowa – Recovered Safe

Monona County, IA -- On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at approximately 6:35 PM, an AMBER Alert was activated after the reported abduction of two juveniles.

The custodians of 4-year old Parker Labrie and 1-month old Lawson Gualazzi, reported that the two boys had been taken by their biological mother, 30 year old Cari Ann Eich. Family indicated that Eich had a history of drug abuse and they were concerned for the safety of the children. Through the AMBER Alert, citizens were asked to look for Eich traveling in a blue, 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup with license plate number 072HMO.

The AMBER Alert was cancelled at 9:01 PM. The children were quickly returned to their custodians unharmed and Ms.Eich was charged with Child Endangerment Not Resulting in Injury.

February 16, 2012 – Des Moines, Iowa – Recovered Safe

Des Moines, IA -- On Thursday, February 16, 2012 an AMBER Alert was issued for three year old Nicholas Jimmerson.

On Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Des Moines Police received a report from both the Department of Human Services and Jimmerson’s custodial guardian, indicating the child was not returned after a visit with 25 year old Amber Johnson, a friend of Jimmerson’s mother. Based on the fact that Jimmerson’s mother, 22 year old Melanie Stout, was an escapee from the Women’s Correctional Facility and several other factors, Des Moines Police Department requested an AMBER Alert.

At approximately 3:16 AM the AMBER Alert was approved and notifications were sent to the public. Law enforcement sought assistance in finding Nicholas Jimmerson and suspected abductors Amber Johnson and Melanie Stout

At approximately 5:00 AM on February 16, 2012 Broadlawns Medical Center notified police dispatch of a patient seeking treatment in the Emergency Room who fit the description of Johnson. Officers did locate Johnson at Broadlawns. She provided information that lead officers to locate Jimmerson in good condition in Des Moines.

Nicholas Jimmerson was safely recovered and released to the custody of the Department of Human Services.

June 4, 2011 – Greene, Iowa – Recovered Safe

Greene, Iowa -- Late Saturday June 4, 2011 the Butler County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home in Greene, Iowa on report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, Deputies found the female resident deceased. The initial investigation indicated the attacker was likely 34 year old Thomas Petersen. Additionally, Petersen and his 2 year old child, Jacob Petersen, were missing.

At 12:47 AM, Sunday, June 5, 2011 an AMBER Alert was issued for Jacob Petersen.

Through the course of the investigation, Thomas Petersen was tracked to South Dakota, where local authorities attempted to make contact. At roughly 8:00 AM, Petersen struck two law enforcement vehicles with his pickup, before officers deployed a TAZER to disable Petersen and taking him into custody.

Jacob Petersen was recovered safely by South Dakota authorities and transported back to Iowa.

February 19, 2011 – Essex, Iowa – Recovered Safe

Essex, IOWA --- At approximately 3:30 p.m., on Saturday, February 19, 2011, 17 year old Betsy Luna’s foster family reported Luna missing to local law enforcement.  Initial investigative efforts indicated that Betsy Luna may have been abducted by her uncle, and that Luna may be in immediate physical danger.  Based upon this information, request for an AMBER Alert was submitted to the Iowa State Patrol.  All criteria for an AMBER Alert were met and the Alert was issued to the public at 7:49 p.m.

Nearly an hour into the AMBER Alert, Luna’s uncle voluntarily made contact with local law enforcement in Lenox, Iowa claiming he never had contact with Luna.

Additionally, county and city law enforcement made contact with Luna’s purported boyfriend, 19 year old Fidel Ramos in Red Oak, Iowa.  At approximately 9:23 p.m., law enforcement searched the home of Ramos and found Betsy Luna, safe, hiding in the residence.  Both individuals were taken in for questioning.

The AMBER Alert was cancelled at 9:35 p.m.

February 22, 2010 – Pottawattamie County, Iowa – Recovered Safe

Pottawattamie County, Iowa --- The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office called the Iowa State Patrol on February 22, 2010 to request activation of the Iowa AMBER Alert System for 14 year old Janakaye Marie Lee. Lee was reportedly with her 19 year old boyfriend Steven Hecker. Hecker had outstanding arrest warrants in Illinois and Iowa for sexual abuse and had left behind a suicide note before absconding with Lee. Law enforcement believed Hecker was traveling in a two door, black, 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse. The AMBER Alert was issued at 1:39 PM on February 22nd.

As the investigation evolved, law enforcement discovered that Lee and Hecker were no longer in Iowa. Extended family in Illinois had contact with the pair and indicated they were not threatening harm to themselves or each other, but intended to run away. At approximately 7:10 PM, February 22, 2010, the AMBER Alert was cancelled and the case was reclassified as a Missing Juvenile incident.

On February 28, 2010, both Hecker and Lee were safely located and taken into custody by Illinois law enforcement.

January 5, 2009 – Lucas, Iowa – Recovered Unharmed

Lucas, IOWA--- The Iowa State Patrol issued an AMBER Alert at 1:10 PM on Monday, January 05, 2009, when 17 year old Aziza Tambrianna Wirth was observed being taken from a residence in Lucas, Iowa by 20 year old Joseph Vivone. Law enforcement, media and the public were asked to be on the lookout for a blue 1990 Ford Taurus, possibly headed for Galt, Missouri.

After becoming aware of the AMBER Alert through the media, Vivone and Wirth went to the Lucas County Courthouse where Vivone was taken into custody. Vivone was arrested on a domestic assault warrant stemming from an incident on December 31, 2008, where he is accused of assaulting Wirth. Aziza Wirth, who was nine months pregnant at the time, appeared to be unharmed when she made contact with the Lucas County Sheriff’s office.

The AMBER Alert was cancelled at 1:27 PM.

September 25, 2007 - Montgomery County, Iowa - Recovered Safe

An AMBER Alert was issued on Tuesday, September 25, 2007, when the mother of 1 year-old Brandon A. Austin reported to Mongomery County Officials that the non-custodial father, Ricky Jason Ewart, 27 year-old white male, removed the child by force from the mother's residence in Red Oak, Iowa. An AMBER Alert was issued at 2:18 a.m.

Brandon A. Austin - 1 year-old was recovered by Law Enforcement Officials and the suspect Ricky Jason Ewart is in the custody of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department. The AMBER Alert was cancelled at 2:36 a.m.

August 13, 2007 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa - Recovered Unharmed

An AMBER Alert was issued on Monday, August 13, 2007, when the father of 8 year-old Rae Ann Meyer and 10 year-old Cameron A. Meyer reported to Pottawattamie County Officials that his children had reportedly been abducted by their non-custodial, biological mother and her boyfriend. An AMBER Alert was issued at 11:53 p.m., as the mother's boyfriend has physically assaulted Cameron A. Meyer in the past.

Rae Ann Meyer - 8 years old and Cameron Meyer - 10 years old were recovered unharmed by Law Enforcement Officials in the State of Maine earlier this evening (August 14, 2007). The suspects Brandi Harris and Vincent Hatch are in custody.

June 18, 2006 - Le Mars, IA - Recovered Safe

An AMBER Alert was issued on Sunday, June 18, 2006, when two girls from Le Mars, IA left their home in what appeared to be a runaway situation. It was determined the girls were in the company of a man who had just been released on bond for a sexual abuse and had 3 Felony warrants for his arrest. An alert Sheriff's Deputy spotted the car near Sioux City, IA where the suspect was taken into custody. Both girls were in the vehicle and appeared to be unharmed.

October 9, 2005 Davenport, IA - Recovered Safe

The Davenport, IA Police Department requested an AMBER Alert be issued when 1 year old Arisbeth Alexandra Tapia Martinez was abducted from 412 N. Myrtle Street, Davenport, IA by Juan Tapia. Tapia is known to be armed and dangerous. The child was located.

October 7, 2005 - Ottumwa, IA - Recovered Safe

The Ottumwa, IA, Police Department requested an AMBER Alert be issued when 9 year old Gloria Bonilla Lopez was abducted between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. from the Ottumwa Elementary School located at 209 West 6th Street, Ottumwa, IA, by a non-relative. Child and suspect were located on 10/07/2005 in Van Buren County, IA.

April 22, 2005 Iowa City , IA

The Iowa City, IA Police Department requested an AMBER Alert be issued when 3 year old Colin Flynn was reported missing from his mothers' home. Colin had gone to Coral Ridge Mall with Joshua Moore, the boyfriend of his mother, the previous day. It was determined the boy was in danger and the County Attorney issued an Arrest Warrant for 3rd Degree Kidnapping. Less than one hour after the AMBER Alert was issued, a citizen heard the alert and called into Iowa City PD. The child was found unharmed and was returned to his mother.

March 24, 2005 Cedar Rapids, IA

Jetseta Gage, age 10, was abducted from her mothers’ home in Cedar Rapids by a family acquaintance. Subsequent investigation by the Cedar Rapids Police Department determined Jetseta Gage was in danger, resulting in an AMBER Alert being issued. As a result of the AMBER Alert, a citizen contacted the Johnson County Sheriff with information that lead police to the abductor who was located at an abandoned mobile home in rural Johnson County. A subsequent search of the trailer resulted in the discovery of Jetseta Gages' body. Roger Bentley is currently serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and murder of Jetseta.

March 19, 2005 Bettendorf, IA

Bettendorf Police Department requested an AMBER Alert issued at 11:20 PM. on 03/19/2005. Child: Arnold, Nicholas Austin, DOB/1999-0106, was abducted by a non-relative. Child and suspect were located at 12:30 AM. on 03/20/2005 in Rock Island, IL.

July 18, 2004 Ottumwa, Iowa

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office requested an AMBER Alert be issued when 2 year old Wyatt Michael Peters was abducted from the mother's residence by his non-custodial father, Scott David Peters. Scott Peters assaulted the child's mother before he, and his mother, Donna Peters, took the child from the mother's residence and left. The child was believed to be in danger. The AMBER Alert was cancelled when the suspect and child were located in Ottumwa, Iowa.

December 10, 2003 Spencer, Iowa

Spencer Police Department requested an AMBER Alert be issued when Keith and Samantha Pardue abducted their three children, Starla, age 12, Ryan, age 10, and Skyla, age 6, from their grandparent's home (a court order stating that the children were in imminent danger was on file). Temperatures were below freezing and the children were taken with no coats, shoes or socks. The parents and children were located in Georgia - the children were returned to the custodial grandparents.

September 22, 2003 Glenwood, Iowa

Tucker Franklin Hecht was reported to be abducted from Glenwood, Iowa by his mother. An AMBER Alert was requested due to circumstances which led the law enforcement agency to believe that the child was in danger. The child and his mother were found in Bloomington, Minnesota, safe and well.

September 21, 2003 Northwood, Iowa

Steven L. Pennington was in the custody of his grandparents when he was abducted by his non-custodial parents from Fallgatters Grocery Store in Northwood, Iowa. The child was believed to be in danger. The child was located in Mason City, Iowa and returned to the custody of the grandparents.

August 5, 2003 Des Moines, Iowa

Iowa's first AMBER Alert was issued August 5, 2003 from Des Moines, Iowa. The mother of six month old Hessona Bolen reported that he was abducted from 1606 Washington Street, Des Moines, Iowa at 1:50 pm. by Hesson Mock. The mother stated that the child was in danger. The child was safely located at a relative's home.

12/11/2002 8:16 am ne AMBER Alert - Recovered Safe

On December 11, 2002 at 8:16 am the state of Nebraska issued their first AMBER Alert regarding 9 month old Brodjinique Dunn. A white Jeep Cherokee with Nebraska plates was stolen from a gas station in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The theft occurred when the driver, Brodjinique's grandmother, went to pay for gas. In the back seat of the vehicle was the victim, a 9 month old baby in a car seat. The state of Nebraska issued their first AMBER Alert since the mother, an Omaha resident, had driven across the state line to buy gas at a Council Bluffs gas station.

Since Iowa's Amber Alert was not yet in place, members of the Iowa Department of Public Safety partnered with authorities in Nebraska to notify Iowa Broadcasters of the Nebraska Amber Alert .

Word was received that the vehicle had been abandoned in an alley in Omaha, Nebraska. The child was found unhurt in the back of the vehicle just before 11 am. It was unknown whether the individual who stole the vehicle was influenced by the AMBER Alert, but authorities said it helped.

Commissioner Techau of the Iowa Department of Public Safety states "the fact that authorities in both Nebraska and Iowa worked together shows when citizens and law enforcement join forces we produce positive results.”