Nevada Child Seekers Newsletter 

Protecting children is what we do.                     February 2009
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In This Issue
Destiny Etchenberren Goes Missing
High Risk Runaways Get Help
Spotlight on Steve Wolfson
Cox Funds radKIDS
Upcoming Events
Emergency Volunteer Search Force Training
Feb. 19, 2009
6-8 pm
4750 W. Oakey
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Fingerprint/Safety Event for Preschoolers
March 3, 2009
Silver Mesa Rec Center
(Not open to the public)) 

  Missing Child 

Destiny Etchenberren
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Destiny Etchenberren
4 ft 11 in 
Weight:  95 lbs
Eyes:  Brown
Hair:  Dyed blonde 
Race:  Caucasian
Age:  14
Date Missing: 9/8/2008
Destiny was last seen at Westcare, 5659 Duncan Drive.  She may be in the company of her 17 year old sister, Shannon Mathewson, also a reported runaway. 
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Height:  5' 4"
Weight:  160 lbs
Eyes:  Brown
Hair:  Red
Race:  Caucasian
Age:  17
Shannon and her two year old son, Aryan McCowan, left Westcare on 10/25/2009.  She has "Aryan" tattooed on her neck.
If you have information  on their whereabouts,  call Nevada Child Seekers at (702) 458-7009 or LV Metro Police Dept. - Crimes Against Youth and Family (702) 828-LOST (5678.)
3rd Saturday of the Month
2880 E. Flamingo Road
Suite D
Las Vegas, NV 89121
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Child ID Cards
We print child ID cards in our office every Thursday afternoon between 1 and 3 pm.  All you need to bring is your child, his or her birth certificate and your driver's license or some other form of identification for you.  The card will display a picture of the child and his or her emergency information.  This card is not government sanctioned and cannot be used when a government sanctioned card is required.

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The District

Nevada Child Seekers is pleased to announce our 15th annual 5K Dash & 1 Mile Stroll to be held on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at The District at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson.

Runners and walkers can compete individually or in teams. Registration is $25 per person* and participants are encouraged to raise funds to benefit Nevada Child Seekers.  Fundraising is easy with our on-line tools!
We are giving FREE baseball caps to the first 50 people who register.
In addition to the men and women overall and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in age categories, there are the following awards:
  • Largest team award
  • Largest donation award team
  • Spirit award

Enjoy games and entertainment at the free "Party in the Park" during or after the race and fun walk.  There will be something for everyone.


Register here
*Registration fee good until April 14, 2009.  Beginning April 15, 2009 fee goes to $35. 
Metro's High Risk Runaway Program aids juvenile runaways

There are over 8,000 children reported missing each year in Nevada, and well over 60% of the reports originate in Clark County. The majority of reported missing youth are believed to have voluntarily run away.  In 2008, several children who were reported as runaways did not make it home alive.  Some are still missing.  While many runaways stay with friends, surfing from couch to couch, others are literally out on the streets seeking basic human needs.  It is these children who are at risk of being abused or exploited by predators.

Our partners at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's (LVMPD) Missing Persons Unit have enhanced their services by engaging new strategies to help recover these high risk youth.  The High Risk Runaway (HRR) Detail is modeled after a similar program in Dallas, Texas and formally launched in Las Vegas in October of 2008.  "We have seen in many cases children are not running to something, but rather running from something," said Captain Vincent Cannito, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Crimes Against Youth and Families.

spotlitesSpotlight on our Board

Councilman Steve Wolfson

Steve Wolfson

Councilman Steve Wolfson was elected to the Las Vegas City Council in June 2004.  He represents Ward 2 which encompasses the westernmost portions of the city.  He has worked for the Clark County District Attorney's Office and the United States Attorney's Office.  He has also been active with the State Bar of Nevada, the Judicial Ethics and Campaign Election Practices Committee and other bar-related committees.  Additionally, he was chairman of the State Bar of Nevada Ethics 2000 Committee.
Born in Los Angeles, he received a bachelor's degree from San Diego State and a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law.  When asked why he became involved with our organization he stated,  "As a member of the Local Law Enforcement Advisory committee, I was very impressed by the grant request presentations made by Executive Director Stephanie Parker.  The mission of Nevada Child Seekers, coupled with the professionalism and integrity of the staff and board of directors, compelled me to become more involved in this excellent organization.  I am honored to be part of such an important cause."
Councilman Wolfson has been married for more than 20 years to District Court Judge Jackie Glass.  They have two daughters, Rachel and Rebecca.
We are honored to have Councilman Wolfson on our Board of Directors to help protect our children.
Cox Communications donates $32,000 for radKIDS education

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Greg Jackson, Steve Schorr, Lee Haney, Stephanie Parker, and Mark Gangeness display $32,000 check presented to Nevada Child Seekers by Cox Communications. 
Cox Communications proudly announces they will sponsor the RADKIDS TM program in Southern Nevada in 2009.  Their donation of $32,000 will go a long way in training facilitators and supplying equipment for us to teach the abduction prevention safety program to children K-12.  Through this program, children become empowered, learning to replace the fear, confusion, and panic of dangerous situations with confidence, personal safety skills and self-esteem.  If you would like more information about this program call Robin at 458-7009 or e-mail


2880 E. Flamingo Road
Suite D
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(702) 458-7009 phone
(702) 735-2812 fax
2005 Silverado Blvd.
Suite #250
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 352-8090 x122 phone
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