Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Idaho State Police Emergency Communications Officer credited with saving missing Idaho teen

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For Immediate Release: 04/29/2020 5:15 p.m.
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Idaho State Police Emergency Communications Officer credited with saving missing Idaho teen

(Meridian) When a young girl was reported missing on Thursday, April 16th, in Southern Idaho, an Idaho State Police Regional Communications Supervisor's (RCS) attention to detail and quick action made the difference. When the notification came into the ISP Emergency Communications Center, it was originally received as an attempt-to-locate for a missing juvenile, possible runaway from Southern Idaho. But instead of just forwarding the information to ISP Troopers and other law enforcement officers, RCS DeLisa Orren dug a little deeper into the information, and what she found helped law enforcement officials issue an AMBER Alert and recover the teen.

Colonel Kedrick Wills said of RCS Orren's actions, "The goal of the Idaho State Police is changing and saving lives, and this is an outstanding example of ISP saving lives. The action DeLisa took that night made the difference between this girl being returned to her family and being abducted by people who could have caused her harm."

Although the information included in the attempt to locate suggested the juvenile had possibly run away, RCS Orren began looking further into the people possibly associated with the missing juvenile. When she found information that linked the suspects to previous assaults and human trafficking, she worked quickly to contact the Rupert P.D. detectives and connect them with the Idaho AMBER Alert System.

Thanks to RCS Orren's efforts, in less than 24 hours after the juvenile was reported missing, she was located by California Highway Patrol troopers near Donner Pass, California. The two men suspected of abducting the girl were arrested and charged with kidnapping. Additional charges for human trafficking are pending further investigation. Three other juveniles, who were with their non-custodial mother and shortly due back in Idaho with the custodial parent, were also located with the Idaho teen.

Rupert P.D. Detective Kuoha said this about RCS Orren's actions, "Working in a small agency, an extra set of eyes from an experienced agency always helps, and in this case helped recover the missing juvenile. Time is critical for recovery in a child abduction, and it may have been too late if not for the work of Ms. Orren".

The action taken by DeLisa is not uncharacteristic for her or any of the people who work in ISP's two emergency communications centers. These people are genuinely dedicated to serving the citizens of Idaho and take the role they play very personally. Because of their work, this young girl was returned safely to her family," said ISP Captain Kevin Haight.

RCS Orren has served with the Idaho State Police for over 15 years and is currently a supervisor at ISP's emergency communications center in Meridian. ISP has 43 emergency communications officers, or regional communications officers, working from two centers, Meridian and Coeur d?Alene, who work 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, and on average, answer 567 calls for service every day.

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