Police: Searching for runaways diverts scarce resources - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Police: Runaway searches divert scarce resources

Posted: Updated:
  • Related LinksMore>>

  • Toledo Police say teen runaway found safe at friend's home

    Toledo Police say teen runaway found safe at friend's home

    Wednesday, March 20 2013 2:37 PM EDT2013-03-20 18:37:46 GMT
    Toledo police are searching for a missing teen. Family members tell police they last saw 14 year old Cammie Smith Monday night. She was last seen at her home. Police say right now they are in the
    Toledo Police say a missing teen has been found safe.  Family members told police they last saw Cammie Smith, 14, Monday afternoon at her home. A police report says she came home from school, changed clothes then went to a friend's house.  Cammie Smith was found Wednesday afternoon at a friend's house. According to Toledo Police, she told officers she "just didn't feel like living at home anymore" so she ran away.

Police say, when they use their immediate resources to search for runaways, it diverts resources away from other cases that need their attention

Cammie Smith was reported missing Monday. She was found safe at a friend's home Wednesday.

Police say Cammie told them she ran away because she didn't like living at home anymore. They say they knew she wasn't in any danger, but they felt pressure to solve the case from social media.

Cammie's photo was shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter. Some posts expressed anger because an Amber Alert wasn't issued.

"We never had any information to indicate she was ever in any immediate danger, and it turns out she wasn't," says Toledo Police Sergeant Joe Heffernan. "It was a situation where she left on her own accord, where she was basically hiding out from her parents."

Sgt. Heffernan says police officers knew from the start they were dealing with a runaway. 

Police say Cammie's parents originally told them Cammie had a history of running away.

While police were using resources to search for Cammie Wednesday, an 8th grader at DeVeaux was propositioned by a stranger.

"This case generated a lot of attention, because the family used their resources out there," says Heffernan. "When that happens, it sometimes takes attention from other places we need to be."

Heffernan says, if your child is ever missing, the first thing you need to do is contact police immediately. Don't wait 24 hours. In a legitimate missing person case time is of the essence.

The second piece of advice is to trust law enforcement.

"We are glad Cammie is home, and she is safe, and hopefully she can get this behind her and move on," says Heffernan. "I do want to make an appeal to the public. If you are harboring someone that is missing, you are subject to criminal charges."

Police say they found Cammie at a friend's home, and the friend's mother first told police that Cammie wasn't there. That woman now faces charges.

Police say the criteria for issuing an Amber Alert include:

  •      Children must be 17 years or younger.
  •      The child must be in immediate danger.
  •      There must be enough information about the child and suspect to issue an alert.
  •      Amber Alerts are not used for runaway children.
  • LocalMore>>

  • TPS delays the start of Head Start

    TPS delays the start of Head Start

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:23:48 GMT
    Today was supposed to be the first day of school for all Toledo Head Start students but hundreds of students had to stay at home. Apparently Toledo Public Schools did not receive all the needed licenses for the head start sites. The Director tells 13 ABC Parents were notified by phone that the start date would be pushed back.Amy Allen tells 13 ABC,"one of the requirements is that we have a license for each location we operate we do have most of those licenses in place but were still waiting ...
    Today was supposed to be the first day of school for all Toledo Head Start students but hundreds of students had to stay at home. Apparently Toledo Public Schools did not receive all the needed licenses for the head start sites. The Director tells 13 ABC Parents were notified by phone that the start date would be pushed back.Amy Allen tells 13 ABC,"one of the requirements is that we have a license for each location we operate we do have most of those licenses in place but were still waiting ...
  • Local pet food bank in dire need of donations

    Local pet food bank in dire need of donations

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:08:51 GMT
    Humane Ohio operates a pet food bank to help those in need, feed their animals, but now the food bank is in need of help.
    Humane Ohio operates a pet food bank to help those in need, feed their animals, but now the food bank is in need of help.
  • Low cost Toledo animal clinic serves up creative way to raise money

    Low cost Toledo animal clinic serves up creative way to raise money

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:06:11 GMT
    Humane Ohio is a low cost spay neuter clinic that fixes thousands of dogs and cats every year. You have a chance to have help raise money for the non-profit organization and get a great meal. The annual "spay-ghetti" dinner is later this month. It is Humane Ohio's biggest fundraiser of the year.Organizers hope to bring in about $15,000 at this year's event. Humane Ohio Development and Marketing Director Kristy Kissoff that money helps them keep prices down at the clinic, "This year we are o...
    Humane Ohio is a low cost spay neuter clinic that fixes thousands of dogs and cats every year. You have a chance to have help raise money for the non-profit organization and get a great meal. The annual "spay-ghetti" dinner is later this month. It is Humane Ohio's biggest fundraiser of the year.Organizers hope to bring in about $15,000 at this year's event. Humane Ohio Development and Marketing Director Kristy Kissoff that money helps them keep prices down at the clinic, "This year we are o...
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • TPS delays the start of Head Start

    TPS delays the start of Head Start

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:23:48 GMT
    Today was supposed to be the first day of school for all Toledo Head Start students but hundreds of students had to stay at home. Apparently Toledo Public Schools did not receive all the needed licenses for the head start sites. The Director tells 13 ABC Parents were notified by phone that the start date would be pushed back.Amy Allen tells 13 ABC,"one of the requirements is that we have a license for each location we operate we do have most of those licenses in place but were still waiting ...
    Today was supposed to be the first day of school for all Toledo Head Start students but hundreds of students had to stay at home. Apparently Toledo Public Schools did not receive all the needed licenses for the head start sites. The Director tells 13 ABC Parents were notified by phone that the start date would be pushed back.Amy Allen tells 13 ABC,"one of the requirements is that we have a license for each location we operate we do have most of those licenses in place but were still waiting ...
  • Cedar Point announces Mantis is out October 19th

    Cedar Point announces Mantis is out October 19th

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:48:20 GMT
    Cedar Point has announced that the Mantis Roller Coaster is shutting down.
    Cedar Point has announced that the Mantis Roller Coaster is shutting down.
  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:46:44 GMT
    An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group. Sotloff, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syrian in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.
    An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group. Sotloff, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syrian in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!