Response Teams Spring Into Action

Royse City Officer Short interviews "a frantic mother", Melissa Short near her Royse City home. Image by Jim Satterwhite for Hunt County News.
Royse City Officer Short interviews “a frantic mother”, Melissa Short near her Royse City home. Image by Jim Satterwhite for Hunt County News.

Hunt County News covered the Child Abduction Response Team (CART) exercise in Royse City this morning.  Please be aware that this was an emergency response team evaluation Exercise only.  Exercise details are in italic print.

“Melisa” Robison and her son “Bradley” Johnston live in the Hidden Creek Estate Subdivision of Royse City.  Early this morning she awoke and could not find her son, “Bradley”.  She looked all over the house and even looked in the Porta-Potty that construction workers used across Hidden Creek Drive.

This telephone call went out to the Royse City Police Department and Officer K. Short was dispatched to get as much information as possible to find Bradley.  The call was an exercise put on by a four county Child Abduction Response Team comprised of Hunt, Rockwall, Collin and Kaufman Counties as well as the Greenville Police Department, Royse City Police, Rockwall Police and Fate DPS.  The exercise was evaluated by state and national observers.

Rain was cascading down in sheets at 8 AM this morning when Bradley disappeared.  She told Officer Short that the ten year old liked to go down to the creek and lake in the subdivision. Bradley was last seen wearing tan shorts and an orange and gray hoodie.  Officer Short got a recent image of “Bradley” from the mother’s camera phone.  A passing motorist stopped by and said “that she saw a man with a ten year old child walking hand in hand towards FM 1777”.

This was the catalyst that slammed the Response Team in Gear.  A Greenville and Rockwall Command Post was quickly deployed and a call went out for searchers from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) made up of volunteers.  Slickers were indeed in order as the rain took on a monsoon quality.  Evaporators carefully place items in strategic locations to provide clues for the response teams.

A Command Center was set up at the Neighborhood club house.  Within “two hours” full teams from as far away as Dallas and Plano arrived and began to comb the woods.  Canine units were ranging back and forth along the creek looking for the child.

The exercise observers and evaporators had two possible endings to the exercise.  “Bradley” was following an animal down the creek and was found muddied from the rising water.  The other ending is a parent’s worst nightmare.  “Bradley” was found deceased in a home under construction.

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