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.
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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.