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JSO releases timeline in search for Cherish Perrywinkle

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Updated: 6/25/2013 8:04 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Newly released records show the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office had an alert out for Cherish Perrywinkle and her abductor's van within 18 minutes of the initial 911 call. Police received the statewide Amber Alert from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement hours later.

11:18 p.m.: Dispatch received a call from Cherish's mother that her daughter was abducted
11:20 p.m.: Call sent to patrol officers
11:28 p.m.: First two officers arrive on scene
11:36 p.m.: A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued for the victim and suspect vehicle
12:05 a.m.: Homicide investigators notified and asked to respond to the scene by dispatch. Homicide sergeant makes contact with patrol supervisor and is advised that the surveillance footage has been reviewed and verified that the victim had left with the suspect in a white van.

[Special coverage: Remembering Charish]

In the minutes before and after midnight, police issued BOLOs to Clay, Nassau and Baker counties.

At 12:27 a.m., police sent an emergency assistance and response services broadcast, known as an EARS, to the news media.

At 2:20 a.m., a homicide sergeant notifies a lieutenant of the need to initiate an Amber Alert.

At 2:31 a.m., a homicide sergeant contacts FDLE and begins dialogue for an Amber Alert.

At 2:40 a.m., Cherish's information is entered into the National Crime Information Center and Florida Crime Information Center as an endangered missing juvenile.

Police identified the suspect as Donald J. Smith, a registered sex offender at 3:30 a.m. Police also learned the suspect's mother owns a white Dodge 1998 van.

Ten minutes later, police showed Smith's picture to Cherish's mother. She identified him as the suspect.

At 3:45 a.m., FDLE reviews the Amber Alert script with a JSO homicide sergeant. The script is updated with new information on the suspect and the vehicle.

Five minutes later, police respond to Smith's home to search for the victim. Shortly after, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contacts JSO dispatch to get information on the incident.

At 4:05 a.m., the final script for the Amber Alert is reviewed.

The Amber Alert is received via NCIC/FCIC at 4:21 a.m.

At 8:34, police received a call from a woman who said she saw a suspicious van at the Highlands Baptist Church at around 7 a.m.

Twenty minutes later, a police officer saw the van on Interstate 95 near the Interstate 10 split.

At 9:05 a.m., police stopped the van on the interstate. Police arrested Smith. Cherish is nowhere to be found.

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At 9:20 a.m., police and K-9 officers find Cherish's body behind a church.

JSO said it had more than 50 detectives, officers, lieutenants and command staff personnel working the case. Police also had help from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, FDLE, Florida Highway Patrol, Jacksonville Fire & Rescue, Atlantic Beach Police, and the city of Jacksonville Emergency Management Division.
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CaptA60 - 6/26/2013 5:26 PM
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This saddens all of us How many more of our Children must we loose before the Laws change to protect them: Sexual Predator or Sexual Offender something needs to be changed: Our Prayers go out to the family Cherish was an angel here now she is one of God's little angels: JSO did all they could, No it should not have happened however the amber alert should be made where it can go out at the moment info received

blinky - 6/26/2013 5:12 PM
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Tragic and sad story.What was a 8 year old out after 11pm anyway ? With or without a parent.

RiverRat - 6/26/2013 7:23 AM
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Regardless of the delay in getting the amber alert and the final tragic outcome, I believe JSO did an outstanding job working this case.

Terri75 - 6/25/2013 11:14 PM
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hollywood and liberals (democrats) are too busy pacifying and glamorizing this kind of behavior for the guy to think he was doing anything wrong sadly!

Realchange - 6/25/2013 9:13 PM
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The mother is probably going out her mind with grief. I am bit hard on her, but this one those monster fairy tales that should stand as warning for child and mother alike don't trust strangers right away.

Realchange - 6/25/2013 8:56 PM
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There is 2 humans that could prevented this from happening. 1: the mother should know better than let her kid be with guy she just met. No matter how much he was helping her she is old enough to know better about people. 2 :The man who did this could realized what monster he was let the child go and turned himself in to spend time in jail. I am usually very critical of JSO. Yet how can I do that when the mother is not smart enough to realize when someone offers to help you keep one eye on your most precious items, in this case her daughter. If she was that down on her luck unless the father was some kind monster let the kid live with him till she got back on her feet somehow. Better than letting some stranger rape and murder your child.
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