In April 2009, a case manager at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) forwarded a request to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service liaison to assist in the case of a missing 9-year-old boy. In February 2009, the child was abducted from North Carolina by his noncustodial mother. In April, NCMEC created a poster for the child and developed leads that the mother and an associate were living in Tombstone, AZ. NCMEC asked the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to distribute missing child posters to every home and business within the geographic area where the mother was believed to be living.

Upon receipt of the missing child poster, Denultra (Nikki) Camp, Sales/Services Distribution Associate in the Tombstone Post Office, immediately contacted Postmaster James Pantoja, and they quickly distributed the missing child poster throughout their office and advised employees to be on the lookout for the boy.

With the knowledge that the suspect's last known address was on his delivery route, mail carrier Anthony Palma brought copies of the poster with him. He took extra time and spoke with the manager of the recreational vehicle park where the mother was thought to be living and verified that the mother and the missing boy were both living in the park. Palma quickly notified his superiors, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and local law enforcement. Shortly thereafter, the boy was recovered and reunited safely with his father.


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