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For immediate release:  
May 15, 2015  

Iowa DPS Forms Multidisciplinary Child Abduction Response Team (CART)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In response to the recent tragic abductions and murders of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey in Evansdale, Iowa, and the abduction and murder of Kathlynn Shepard in Dayton, Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) has formed a Child Abduction Response Team (CART) that will be better trained and better equipped to respond to child abduction cases in the future across the state. 

For the past several months, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has been working closely with AMBER Alert, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the U.S. Department of Justice, and nationally established CART programs across the county to identify the best ways to investigate these types of incidents.  The Iowa CART program’s sole mission and main goal is recovering and returning abducted children to their caregivers

The purpose of the CART program and the goal of the DPS is to have readily trained experts in the field of child abduction investigations able to respond to the abduction immediately, assist the local law enforcement agencies for the duration of the event, and bring additional resources to the region to aid in the recovery effort. 

CART programs are multidisciplinary teams made up of state, county and local law enforcement investigators, forensic experts, AMBER Alert Coordinators, search and rescue professionals, prosecutors, criminal intelligence analysts, sex offender investigators, mental health professionals, emergency managers and victim service providers. 

The DPS has and will continue to provide technical training to CART members throughout the state, including sheriffs and police chiefs in order to have regional CART members who will train and deploy with CART in the event of a child abduction.

CART deployment can be used for all missing children cases and is not dependent of an Amber Alert being issued.  Local law enforcement is encouraged to request DPS assistance immediately in cases of suspected child abductions. CART CAN ONLY respond to these incidents when local agencies, such as police departments or sheriff’s offices, request the IOWA CART be deployed. Citizens are encouraged to contact their local police department or sheriff’s office if they wish to have CART respond to an incident.

There is no greater duty than the protection and safety of our children.

Media Availability/Photo Op:

Who:                CART Coordinator, Iowa DCI SAC Michael Motsinger
                        Other CART Members

What:               Unveiling of new CART Trailer/Equipment

Where:             Holiday Inn, 4800 Merle Hay Road, Urbandale, Iowa, 50322

When:              10:00AM; Monday, May 18, 2015

***All media requests/interviews will be handled on Monday at this event.***

Media contact: DCI Special Agent In Charge, Michael Motsinger, (515) 729-3706 or Alex Murphy, Iowa DCI Public Information Officer, at (515) 443-3014.


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