UPDATE 5 | #FindingDavid Search Has Concluded

Update 0000 Hours PST / 0100 Hours MDT

#FindingDavid

While those celebrated and were about to ring in the New Year, a family painstaking reported their little boy, David Puckett, 6, missing around 1745 hours MDT from his home in the 15700 block and Amherst Place in Aurora, Colorado.

He had been known to wander off a few times before but was always brought back by concerned citizens.

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This time it was different. Very different.

The Aurora Police Department was called out to search for their missing little boy. When Patrols canvassed the area and found nothing, a National Center for Missing and Exploited Center (NCMEC) organization deployed one of their own Bloodhound K9 teams “Jessie” around 2000 Hours.  Along with Bloodhound K9 “Jessie”  from nearby Jefferson County, Aurora PD Patrols, County Deputies and with air support from Dallas PD’s Air One, would search throughout the night with a negative find for David Puckett.

Social Media Blasts

Law Enforcement immediately began releasing Media releases regarding his disappearances and creating a hashtag #FindingDavid.

Highlights from Case

Here are some of the highlights from #FindingDavid ‘s case.

December 31, 2016

  • David is considered as an At-Risk child due to his age, length of time missing and frigid weather conditions.
  • One hour delayed on night missing due to Family looking in all places where has frequented, cannot locate.
  • Aurora PD called.
  • NCMEC Bloodhounds are deployed
  • Officers, County Deputies and SAR personnel search throughout the night

January 1, 2017

  • ERT and SRT units are activated
  • Major Crimes unit, Crimes Against Children Unit gets involved in the case
  • (3) Reverse 911 calls are sent to Aurora’s 27,000 residents, approximately 2.5 miles from David’s home
  • Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association deploys 400 of their Citizens Missing and Abducted Response Team

January 2 2017

  • Marking 3 days of searching by Officers conducting extensive neighborhood canvasses and interviews
  • Looked through parents home several times through Search
  • Police tell the public, residents to STOP voluntary searches as they could interfere with the SAR Dogs (Bloodhounds)
  • Alerts have been previously sent to Aurora Public Schools parents; set-up Counseling for parents, staff and children if needed
  • Witness report says seen missing boy on Saturday
  • AMBER ALERT issued
  • Family is cooperative
  • Arapahoe Rescue Patrol and Officers checked bodies of water in area

January 3, 2017

  • 1st and Final Press release from APD
  • 150 Law Enforcement personnel, 200 citizens have helped with the Search
  • 6 cadaver dogs (trailing/air scent SAR Dogs) deployed on January 2nd & 3rd.
  • 1 SAR Dog has a positive find in a smaller pond in the Olympic Park (PLS near Park)
  • Divers search and locate the body of an unknown child inside the pond and under the ice
  • Police say they are unable to provide a positive ID; tell Family takes a long time for this process
  • Police are treating pond as a crime scene, w/CSI & FBI teams on site
  • Police say there were hundreds of searchers, family, citizens and Officers that checked all bodies of water & no indication of someone falling in or under the ice (searched numerous times)
  • APD states since they are not able to ID the body of the child, they are continuing to look but all Pressers are now terminated, except for Press releases on Social Media (Twitter/Facebook)

Incident Partners

There were many who helped locate David Puckett from the initial call on NYE until the very end.  Here is a listing of those Incident Cooperators.

  • Arapahoe County Sheriff Office
  • Arapahoe Fire Department Technical Rescue Team
  • Arapahoe Rescue Patrol
  • Aurora PD: ERT, SRT, Crimes Against Children Unit, Major Crimes Unit
  • Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association: Citizens Missing & Abducted  Response Team
  • Aurora Public Schools:  Staff and Parents
  • CBI
  • Dallas PD: Air One helo
  • FBI
  • Jefferson County Bloodhound K9 Team
  • Joint Terrorism Task Force
  • Metro Dallas Crime Stoppers
  • NCMEC
  • Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force
  • Search and Rescue Dogs of the US (SARDUS)
  • Westminister Colorado PD

Help for the Rescuer

It does not matter if you are a Volunteer, Police Officer, Firefighter or School Staff Member, it is hard to lose a child or respond to a call dealing with a child.  If you are feeling grief because of this loss, we recommend that you reach out to your local organization such as the Police or Fire Chaplin (or confidentially to @SafeCallNow) or to your local School Counselor.

Editor’s Comments:

“Though APD has not officially ID’d this found child, we know their Family is looking for him/her.  We send our sincere and heartfelt prayers and thoughts to the Puckett Family during this difficult time as the continued search for David goes on.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog 

UPDATE 4 | #FindingDavid Puckett

Please SHARE with your Friends, Family, Co-workers, Public Safety Members and on Your Social Media Channels to help bring this Child back to his parents and community.

SEARCHING FOR DAVID PUCKETT

SUMMARY

At -Risk (due to his age) David Puckett, 6, was last seen at his home in Aurora, Colorado on New Year’s Eve at 1745 Hours MST and has not been seen since. 

Criteria used to activate an Amber Alert has been deemed in this case as not having all of the identifiers needed to issue the Alert.  It appears he has simply wandered off and not abducted.

UPDATE | An AMBER ALERT has been issued the by Colorado Bureau Investigation (CBI) due to his young age, gone so long and weather conditions.

DESCRIPTION

David Puckett, 6, is described as a white male, 3’2″, 55#, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt,  orange trim on his black boots and a light Girl’s tan army style jacket.

He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School.

RESOURCES

Over the course of the last three (3) days, hundreds of volunteers, LE personnel and others have partnered together in #FindingDavid launching ground SAR (aka groundpounders) to a Police Helicopters, those who specialize in Missing and Exploited Children, SAR K9s.

If you know anything, please call 9-1-1 or the Tip Line listed in this Post. No detail is considered small and may even help break the case wide open.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Puckett is considered as an At Risk child (due to his young age) and has been reported as gone missing (wandered off) two times before but has always been returned to his parents by concerned citizens.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

SEARCH PARTY

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Police held briefings to plan their day of searching and coordination of volunteers.

On Monday, January 2nd, Police will again send out the bloodhound K9 team.

There is no other need for additional volunteers at this time.

 Aurora PD states within their Search perimeter, all bodies of water have been checked. They had deployed 3 Bloodhound trailing K9 dogs.  This is a Priority case for all Law Enforcement in the area.

CURRENT WEATHER 

Temps are 26*F, with a humidity of 77%, cloudy and winds at 6 mph.

TIP LINES

To relieve pressure from the 9-1-1 Communications Center, three (3) Tip Lines have been set-up @ 303-739-1870, 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can still report any information to Law Enforcement to collect the Reward.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Metro Denver Crimestoppers for any Tips or the location of David Puckett.  You can call them or the Aurora Police Department at 720-913-STOP (7867).

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channels (Twitter, FB) for more updates.

ABOUT BLOODHOUND K9s

When we were back in our SAR Days as volunteers, my hubby had a Bloodhound named Banjo (yes, he even came from midwest) who was a born-natural (okay, aren’t all of them?) Trailing SAR K9.

For those of you that are not familiar with the types of Search Dogs and their capabilities, here is a quick lesson.

Search-And-Rescue Dogs (SAR Dogs) are amazing dogs (all kinds of breeds) that can do amazing things by their amazing Handlers. Did I mention to you how amazing they are?   Here are some of the things these K9s can do:

  • Find a child lost in the wilderness or missing from their home
  • Find a missing person with Alzheimer’s from a nursing home or group home
  • Locate a skier buried under an avalanche
  • Partner with Law Enforcement at Crime Scenes
  • Find Live victims trapped in collapsed buildings
  • Some are also cadaver dogs
  • Locate drowning victims

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) state over 2100 kids go missing every day and 58,000 children annually are taken by someone they don’t know. Not every search has a SAR K9 team to help find them.

This search has deployed the usage of three Bloodhounds which is very great in #FindingDavid.  These SAR K9s dogs have the natural drive to locate their subject (missing person) and will most likely have their human counterpart wear out first before they do.  So far, they have had zeros or picking up of a scent trail leading to the missing person.

There are two kinds of SAR Dogs. Air scent and Trailing SAR K9s.

All humans constantly emit microscopic particles bearing human scent. By the millions, these particles become airborne and can be carried by the wind for considerable distances. Airborne scent is concentrated near its source, follows the air currents, and becomes more dilute the further it travels.

An air scent SAR dog is especially trained to locate the scent of any human in a specific area and close in on the source of the scent in heavy forested and rural/urban areas.  SAR Dogs work best in the morning and evening, day or night, all types of weather and to give them a higher chance of finding their subject, be called immediately after the missing person has been reported.  These dogs are mostly off-leash and roam freely back and forth to their Handler at large distances.

A trailing SAR dog is one that searches by the scent on the ground.  They are generally trained for scent discrimination.  Each dog is usually worked in a harness, leash and some type of article that belongs to the subject, such as a brush, comb, clothing, shoe, etc. will allow the dog to “breathe in” the scent.  The dog is trained to only follow that scent and no other. At times, the K9 may track, follow the footsteps or hone in on the scent in the home.

Bloodhounds have been known to find a missing person when the scent has been pooling for hours, days, weeks and even several months.  It is also possible for them to find someone who may have left the area in a car if the windows were open allowing the human cells to fall off into the wind. They can also find those in water as well.

To find out more about Search and Rescue Dogs, visit Dogs in Search and Rescue‘s website, http://www.ussartf.org/dogs_search_rescue.htm.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1820 PST / 1920 Hours MST

UPDATE 3 | Searching for 6 YO David Puckett

Please SHARE with your Friends, Family, Co-workers, Public Safety Members and on Your Social Media Channels to help bring this Child back to his parents and community.

SEARCHING FOR DAVID PUCKETT

SUMMARY

At -Risk (due to his age) David Puckett, 6, was last seen at his home in Aurora, Colorado on New Year’s Eve at 1745 Hours MST (New Year’s Eve) and has not been located as of this post. 

Criteria used to activate an Amber Alert has been deemed in this case as not having all of the identifiers needed to issue the Alert.  It appears he has simply wandered off and not abducted.

DESCRIPTION

David Puckett, 6, is described as a white male, 3’2″, 55#, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing green camo pants, black t-shirt,  orange trim on his black boots and a light Girl’s tan army style jacket.

He is a student at Dartmouth Elementary School.

RESOURCES

On December 31st when David was reported missing, a huge presence of Law Enforcement Officers, personnel and volunteers came out in full force representing such units as Major Crimes, Citizens Missing/Abducted Response Team (CMART), Arapahoe County Deputies, Jefferson County K9 Team (1 Bloodhound) and over 400 volunteers from the Aurora Citizens Police Alumni Association and Aurora PD patrols.  Dallas PD’s Air One with a mounted FLIR also assisted from the air.

Resources searched well into the night but still were unable to locate the missing child.

On New Year’s Day, David still had not been found and resources from APD (Aurora)’s ERT, SRT, Crimes Against Children Unit, FBI and hundreds of volunteers put their NYE plans on hold to search for missing David Puckett.

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

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David Puckett is considered as an At Risk child (due to his young age) and has been reported as gone missing (wandered off) two times before but has always been returned to his parents by concerned citizens.

POLICE RESPONSE

Police have sent out three (3) reverse 9-1-1 calls that have expanded to a 2.5 mile radius reaching 27,000 residents within Aurora, Colorado. Police are also providing updates through their Social Media Channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

They are asking all of us to help them get the word out there by RT broadcasts, etc.

SEARCH PARTY

Map

Police held briefings to plan their day of searching and coordination of volunteers.

On Monday, January 2nd, Police will again send out the bloodhound K9 team.

There is no other need for additional volunteers at this time.

We sent a request to Aurora PD for additional information asking if the Bloodhound K9s are finding scent trails and if there are any bodies of water nearby. Additionally, we have asked the size of their search perimeter to gain a feel of how their Search is set-up.

CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS

It is currently mostly cloudy with temps at 40*F with winds at 16 mph and humidity of 38%. There is a zero chance of any precip today.  Temps are expected to drop later this evening into the 20’s with a chance of snow showers on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

TIP LINES

To relieve pressure from the 9-1-1 Communications Center, three (3) Tip Lines have been set-up @ 303-739-1870, 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can still report any information to Law Enforcement to collect the Reward.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Metro Denver Crimestoppers for any Tips or the location of David Puckett.  You can call them or the Aurora Police Department at 720-913-STOP (7867).

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the hashtag established for this missing child’s case as #FindingDavid. Please follow us on our Social Media channels (Twitter, FB) for more updates.

ABOUT BLOODHOUND K9s

When we were back in our SAR Days as volunteers, my hubby had a Bloodhound named Banjo (yes, he even came from midwest) who was a born-natural (okay, aren’t all of them?).

For those of you that are not familiar with the types of Search Dogs and their capabilities, here is a quick lesson.

Search-And-Rescue Dogs (SAR Dogs) are amazing dogs (all kinds of breeds) that can do amazing things by their amazing Handlers. Did I mention to you how amazing they are?   Here are some of the things these K9s can do:

  • Find a child lost in the wilderness or missing from their home
  • Find a missing person with Alzheimer’s from a nursing home or group home
  • Locate a skier buried under an avalanche
  • Partner with Law Enforcement at Crime Scenes
  • Find Live victims trapped in collapsed buildings
  • Some are also cadaver dogs
  • Locate drowning victims

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) state over 2100 kids go missing every day and 58,000 children annually are taken by someone they don’t know. Not every search has a SAR K9 team to help find them.

This search has deployed the usage of three Bloodhounds which is very great in #FindingDavid.  These SAR K9s dogs have the natural drive to locate their subject (missing person) and will most likely have their human counterpart wear out first before they do.

There are two kinds of SAR Dogs. Air scent and Trailing SAR K9s.

All humans constantly emit microscopic particles bearing human scent. By the millions, these particles become airborne and can be carried by the wind for considerable distances. Airborne scent is concentrated near its source, follows the air currents, and becomes more dilute the further it travels.

An air scent SAR dog is especially trained to locate the scent of any human in a specific area and close in on the source of the scent in heavy forested and rural/urban areas.  SAR Dogs work best in the morning and evening, day or night, all types of weather and to give them a higher chance of finding their subject, be called immediately after the missing person has been reported.  These dogs are mostly off-leash and roam freely back and forth to their Handler at large distances.

A trailing dog is one that searches by the scent on the ground.  They are generally trained for scent discrimination.  Each dog is usually worked in a harness, leash and some type of article that belongs to the subject, such as a brush, comb, clothing, shoe, etc. will allow the dog to “breathe in” the scent.  The dog is trained to only follow that scent and no other. At times, the K9 may track, follow the footsteps or hone in on the scent in the home.

Editor’s Comments:  “We had to be careful with our Bloodhound because once he got on a scent trail, his behavior became so animated nearly pulling my hubby’s arm out of the socket or causing him to lose his footing.” 

Bloodhounds have been known to find a missing person when the scent has been pooling for hours, days, weeks and even several months.  It is also possible for them to find someone who may have left the area in a car if the windows were open allowing the human cells to fall off into the wind. They can also find those in water as well.

To find out more about Search and Rescue Dogs, visit Dogs in Search and Rescue‘s website, http://www.ussartf.org/dogs_search_rescue.htm.

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1233 PST / 1333 Hours MST