Social Media Helps Sheriff Locate Missing Teen
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // November 18, 2013
BCSO, Space Coast Daily Social Media Led to Crucial Tip
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Sheriff Wayne Ivey wrote this statement on Sunday, Nov. 17 regarding role social media, (including Space Coast Daily) played in the safe recovery of Camryn Sutton, a 14-year old girl who went missing on Saturday.
I am very happy to announce that as the direct result of Social Media coupled with thousands of caring citizens, a missing 14-year-old has been reunited with her parents.
Earlier tonight a tip was provided to our agency by a very observant citizen! This citizen was out running errands late this afternoon and recognized the suspect. He then notified Central Florida Crimeline and the Sheriff’s Office as he followed the suspect to a residence in Titusville.
North Precinct Patrol then established a perimeter and were able to secure the suspect and safely recover the child. This was an incredible job over the past 24 hours as members of the East Precinct General Crimes Unit and the GAMEOVER Task Force worked around the clock following-up on leads in search of the two.
I truly believe that the only way we can beat crime is by partnering with our citizens and providing them the information they need to help make our communities safe. This case is a perfect example, with the help of Social Media and the Space Coast Daily, our citizens took the information and used it to help us put a wanted person in Jail and reunite a missing child with her parents. Of significance, our Face Book posts were viewed by 100,000 and shared over 2,500 times throughout the country.
In closing, a family has been reunited tonight because of you! Over the next several days I will be recognizing the individual who was responsible for bringing a very happy ending to this situation.
Thank you for helping us make Brevard a County such a special place to live, work and raise our families!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.
Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft.
That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases.
Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today. The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.
Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.
Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.