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Newaygo County toddler found safe

Amber Rose Smith was reported missing from her home in Paris, Michigan on Tuesday, October 8.

Amber Rose Smith was reported missing from her home in Paris, Michigan on Tuesday, October 8.

An Amber Alert that was issued Tuesday for a 2-1/2 year-old Newaygo County girl resulted in over 100 police and volunteers combing woods, swamps and fields for 24 hours to find the toddler, who was finally found safe on Wednesday, about 1-3/4 miles southeast of her home.

According to the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office, Amber Rose Smith was reported missing from her home at 8227 E. 13 Mile Road, in Paris, about 2 p.m. October 8.

Her father, Dale Smith, reported that he had gone into a different room in the residence and when he returned, Amber was gone. He and his wife, Diane Smith, searched the residence and immediate area for about a half hour and could not locate her, so they called 911. Officers arrived on scene and immediately began searching the area with police canines and an MSP helicopter. Search parties were formed with dozens of volunteers.

Reportedly close to 100 people searched overnight for the girl, but did not find her until Wednesday afternoon. DNR Conservation Officer Mike Wells, who was assisting with the search for Amber, located her on the edge of a two-track near 12 Mile Road and Cedar Avenue, approximately 1-3/4 miles south east of the residence she left from.  Amber was standing and alert. She was transported to Spectrum Health Hospital in Big Rapids.

The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, FBI, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Forestry Service jointly investigated her disappearance.


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Four-month old girl still missing

Police, family, friends and concerned residents are still searching for a missing 4-month old Ludington girl.

Sean Phillips

Katherine Shelbie Elizabeth Phillips was taken Wednesday afternoon, June 29, by her father, Sean Phillips, 21. Phillips, a non-custodial parent, was picked up a few hours later at his parents’ home, but the baby was nowhere to be found, and he refuses to tell police where she is. He has only said that she is alive.

Police and concerned citizens have turned out to scour the Ludington area. Police found her clothes in an undisclosed area over the weekend.

If you have any information, or think you may have seen the baby, please call 231-843-3425 or 911.

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Police seek man who took baby

James Anton

James Dean Anton is wanted on an assault charge

UPDATE July 2, 2011

On Friday, July 1, police were notified of Anton’s whereabouts in Newaygo County. He is now lodged in the Kent County Jail.


Police are still searching for the man who caused an Amber Alert to go out early Monday when he took his 7-month old daughter from her home.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they were called to the 4600 block of Grosvenor, in Solon Township, on Sunday, June 26, at 11:41 p.m. on a report of felonious assault. An amber alert was later issued for a 7-month-old child taken by James Dean Anton, 27. He later returned the child at about 5:30 a.m. Monday, June 27.
The Kent County Prosecutor’s office issued a warrant for felonious assault, and police are trying to locate Anton because of his mental state and outstanding charges. His family is worried he may harm himself. If you have any information, please call the Sheriff Department at 616-336-3113 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or toll free 866-774-2345. You can also text Silent Observer a tip. Text “Tip138” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). The keyword TIP138 must appear on the first line of your text message in order to reach Silent Observer.

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Missing three-year-old found

A three-year-old Montcalm County girl was missing for three hours Monday before being found by police.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steven DeWitt, the Howard City Police Department was dispatched to an area in the 11,000 block of North Federal Hwy, in Reynolds Township on Monday, March 21, on a report of a 3-year-old missing girl, in a heavily wooded area. The child had wandered away from a guardian while going for a walk in the woods near the residence, and had been missing for about an hour.

A telephone alert system was used to automatically notify persons in the surrounding area of the missing child, and an Amber alert was issued to alert the general public.

The Michigan State Police, Montcalm County Sheriff Department and the Mecosta Co. Sheriff Department assisted Howard City Police. Over a dozen police officers were at the scene assisting in the search.

At one point, helicopters from the Michigan State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard were requested for assistance, as well as K-9 “Rock” tracking unit from the Michigan State Police Ionia Post, and tracking dogs from the Mid Michigan Working dogs volunteer organization.

The child was located by utilizing a K9 unit and searchers calling out her name. The child responded and was found behind a distant tree.

She was found about one mile from the residence, after wandering through a heavily wooded, swampy area. The child appeared to have crossed a stream at one point and was found soaking wet.

The victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for exposure by  Montcalm County Ambulance. The victim appeared otherwise ok and told searchers that she “was lost” and “looking for home.”

The case remains open pending investigation.

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Ray Winnie
Kent County Credit Union


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