Photo/Story Gallery 2008
Florida Missing Children’s Day
Florida Missing Children’s Day is one of the most poignant and powerful events held at the Florida Capitol Building every year. On Oct. 27, 2008, children, law enforcement officers and citizens convened on the steps of the Old Capitol Building in Tallahassee, Fla., to remember Florida’s missing children and those who will never come home again. The purpose: to raise awareness of Florida’s current missing children, to educate the public on child safety and abduction prevention and to recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the missing children issue.
The Florida Highway Patrol participates in this important event every year. The FHP Honor Guard, consisting of Capt. Eileen Powell, Lt. Kelly Hildreth, Sgt. Diane Martinez. Lt. Tammy Binder, Lt. Ron Castleberry, Sgt. Jesse Evans and Trooper Mike Stallworth, escorted families of missing children for their Time of Remembrance during the ceremony.
FHP nominated three troopers for awards because of the integral role they played in finding missing children. Congratulations to Trooper Rafael Streeter from Troop A and Troopers Mike Daniels and Fritz Bottin from Troop G, who received the nominations.
Trooper Streeter was conducting a security check on I-10 and called in suspicious vehicle’s tag. The suspicious vehicle turned out to be involved in an attempted kidnapping in Marion County, Fla. Streeter immediately called for assistance and the suspect was taken into custody. The victim was unharmed.
Trooper Daniels and now retired Trooper Bottin received a Be On the Look Out for a vehicle belonging to a father suspected of kidnapping his child. The vehicle was last seen on I-95, and the troopers spotted the vehicle on I-295 in Jacksonville, Fla. After initiating a traffic stop, the father was booked in the Duval Jail. The child was unharmed.
In addition to FHP, employees from other divisions within the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles also participated in Missing Children’s Day. Members escorted children from area schools who attended the event. Children with the correct documents on hand were able to get identification cards made at the Florida Licensing on Wheels mobile.
Pictured top right: Lt. Ron Castleberry escorts family members of a missing child during Florida Missing Children’s Day held at the state Capitol Oct. 27, 2008.