Oswego Police Credit Citizen Tips, Notification System in Finding Missing Child
Nov 04, 2015 07:05AM ● Published by Steven Jack
Oswego Police are crediting the use of the department's mass notification system and resident tips in helping to locate a missing child late Tuesday afternoon.
The 11-year-old autistic boy was reported missing to police by School District 308 at about 3:26 p.m. from the area near Treasure Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. According to Police Chief Jeff Burgner, the boy went missing after he got off his bus after school.
"Somehow he got off that bus, and the school district asked us for help," Burgner said. "That's when we got involved."
Contacted Wednesday morning for further information regarding the incident, School District 308 spokesman Brian Graves said privacy laws prohibit the district from discussing individual students.
"This is a police issue, and I know they are conducting an investigation," he said. "However, the safety of students, faculty and staff are always a top priority."
Upon notification from School District 308, officers searched the immediate area, but did not find the boy. Police then established a command center at Oswego East High School and sent out a message via the Everbridge Mass Notification system, which alerts residents by either phone call, text or email.
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Officers from about 20 area agencies, including two emergency helicopters, also were called in to help in the search.
"It was an amazing amount of rescources we were able to get in such a short amount of time," Burgner said. "We have some great community partnerships."
After receiving several tips from Oswego and Aurora residents who had received the notifications, the boy was found in the 2400 block of Wilson Creek Circle in Aurora at about 5:58 p.m.
Police also wished to thank the following agencies involved in helping in Tuesday night's search:
- Kendall County Sheriff’s Office
- Aurora Police
- Plainfield Police
- Cook County Air One
- Oswego Fire Protection District
- Plainfield Fire Protection District
- Bristol-Kendall Fire Protection District
- Big Rock Fire Department
- Little Rock Fox Fire Protection District
- Aurora Township Fire Department
Emergency Management / Search and Rescue
- Kendall County
- Will County
- Hanover Township
- Kane County
- Boone County
- New Lennox