Earlier this week a 12 year-old was reported missing in Stockton, Ca. She was doing laundry in a detached garage seemingly vanishing without a trace. She was eventually found and returned home but her story prompted more questions then answers.
Stockton is currently the 13th largest city in California with a population of over 260,000. There are approximately 112 sex offenders in the zip-code were she resides.
The Fifth-grader said she was feeling “stress” when she decided to take a walk that turned into a 35-hour odyssey this week. She said she kept thinking she could find her own way home but walked at least 20 miles over nearly two days through Stockton neighborhoods before she found help.
As she wandered the streets of Stockton, she stated she had sought help from others but was refused assistance until a woman recognized her from news reports and notified police.
She stated she was unaware that 911 calls could be placed free from pay phones.
What would your children do if they were lost or wandered off in an unfamiliar area? Would they know to call 911? Where to seek help? Who to ask for assistance?
Check out some of Alyssa Dver’s Child Safety Tips on this site. Take the time to assess how prepared your children are should they become lost.