Faces On Grocery Bags Lead To Two Missing Children
OAK HARBOR, Wash. (AP) _ Photos printed on grocery bags helped reunite a missing Tacoma teen-ager with her parents and a day later led to the discovery of a missing 8-year-old girl from Alaska, authorities said.
Officers on Wednesday found 8-year-old Carrie Lee Carter, who had been missing from her home in Anchorage since August 1982 following a custody dispute, Frank Orr, police chief in this Whidbey Island town, said today.
The girl was found living with her father, Larry James Carter, who was taken to the city jail and held on a warrant from Alaska, Orr said. Her mother was on her way from Anchorage today, police added.
Earlier Wednesday, the father of 15-year-old Rebecca Brockett went to Stevensville, Mont., and brought her home to Tacoma, said Linda Barker, director of Families and Friends of Missing Persons and Violent Crime Victims.
The girl disappeared from her Tacoma home Nov. 22 and was found Tuesday by a woman who had seen her picture on a Safeway grocery bag and got in touch with her parents.
An adult friend of the Carter girl also identified her after seeing her picture on a Safeway sack, said Oak Harbor police Sgt. Rick Wallace. Police were contacted, and officers found the girl Wednesday night, he said.
Ms. Brockett was found living in a camper and ″somewhat traumatized,″ and went with her parents went to an undisclosed place, said Ms. Barker, adding that the teen-ager’s parents did not wish to reveal details of her recovery.
″She is only a 15-year-old girl, a nice girl who deserves the best from here on out,″ she said. ″To reveal anything would hamper her recovery.″
Ms. Barker refused to say with whom the girl had been staying but added that there had been no arrests relating to her disappearance.
Safeway began printing photos and information about missing children on grocery bags that go to several states about a month ago. Other companies around the country also print such pictures on sacks, milk cartons and other food packages.
″No one really understands the anguish of the parents and relatives,″ said Safeway public relations manager Cherie Myers. ″We already said it all by printing the pictures on the grocery bags. We have one of the best avenues of advertisements in a grocery bag.″