James Mulligan, Interim Police Chief
477 Haverhill Street
Rowley, MA 01969
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Rowley Police Honor Citizens, Police and Dispatchers Who Assisted In Finding Missing Toddler
ROWLEY – Interim Chief James Mulligan is pleased to announce that the Rowley Police Department recognized the two civilians, two police officers and dispatcher who were involved in locating a missing toddler back in November.
Hours after 2-year-old Lyndon Albers had been reported missing, an Ipswich couple, Thomas and Marguerite Crosby, located the girl on Newbury Road in Rowley while on their way to work. They immediately contacted police. Dispatcher Jeanne McClung received the call and relayed the message to Detective Matthew Ziev and Officer John Raffi, who responded to the scene. An investigation later revealed that Lyndon was abducted from her home by her babysitter.
The five individuals were honored for their efforts and quick actions with letters of recognition during a Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday at 7 p.m.
“Together, this group of civilians and police officers were able to locate, respond to and secure the scene where the missing toddler was located,” Chief Mulligan said. “During this high-stress situation, all five individuals treated the matter with the utmost care and attention to ensure this child was safely returned to her parents. I applaud the work of the officers and dispatcher and thank the Crosbys for stopping when they could have easily continued on their way.”
The toddler’s parents, Tim and Joanie Albers, could not attend the ceremony, but submitted a letter thanking the Crosbys, police and the dispatcher. Chief Mulligan read the note aloud during the meeting:
“While we are unable to join you tonight, we would like to extend a few words of thanks and gratitude to Marge and Tom Crosby and to all of the first responders and dispatchers who helped find our daughter and return her home. We do this knowing that it is impossible to find words that are suitable to match our feelings of thankfulness for everyone being honored here tonight. There is absolutely nothing in this world to be more thankful for than what all of you did. While this has been an incredibly difficult time for us, we are filled with hope and gratitude when we think about all of you and the outpouring of support we have received from family, friends and neighbors. With sincere thanks, Tim and Joanie Albers.”