Amber Alert canceled in Carroll County



Hello, I’m Elena Russo. Public information for the Maryland State Police. It is a very proud moment for Maryland law enforcement today with us. Let me introduce you to several people. We have Major Dan Pickett behind the commander of Maryland State Police Special Operations Command. We have Captain Diane Hansen who is the central troop commander. Lt. Rebecca Bosley, Commander Westminster Barrett of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Mark Deborde and to my left Col. Adrian Baker of the Natural Resources Police. I’ll spell it out once we’re done with today’s press conference, I’d like to introduce you to the Commander of the Maryland State Police Special Operations Command. Major Dan Pickett, who will give you the details of what happened to this successful operation this morning. Hello everyone. Yesterday, around 1:30 p.m., Westminster Barrack. Maryland State Police have opened a missing persons investigation. The mother of a 12-year-old called Hampstead Police Department to report her child missing. After he failed to show up for school yesterday morning, the mother informed the police that his father had picked him up from school last Friday, April 8, and was due to bring him to school yesterday . Monday, April 11. The whereabouts of the father at this time was also unknown due to information received during the investigation and serious concerns for the safety of the child and a permanent alert was issued by the police soldiers of the of Maryland at Westminster Barracks. We have been informed that the father identified as Christopher Geiger allegedly drove a black 2021 Jeep Wrangler. He was last seen leaving school last Friday in this jeep with his child. Shortly before 5:30 p.m. yesterday, Maryland State Police located this unoccupied Wrangler jeep parked in a farm field and the 100 block of Kate Wagner Rude. In Westminster Maryland, an immediate perimeter has been established to safely contain the scene near the abandoned vehicle where the body was found. A later search of the wooded area. It was coordinated by Maryland State Police and local and allied law enforcement at the scene. Nearly 100 people carrying out a coordinated and thorough search of the grid on foot and also using a television. The search continued throughout the night, covering approximately 1.5 miles of ground. Maryland State Police Aviation Command also responded and conducted an aerial search At approximately 8:45 a.m. this morning, we located the father and son with the dog inside a hangar approximately 800 meters from the abandoned jeep. Moments later, negotiators from the Maryland State Police Crisis Negotiation Team responded and made contact with the father. A little before 10:40 a.m. this morning. They were taken into custody without incident, no civilian or law enforcement injuries were reported. Father and son were taking a terrible Carroll County hospital for evaluation. Criminal charges are pending the results of the investigation and after further consultation with the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office. A significant amount of resources have been deployed for this search and rescue mission. Nearly 100 people from local and federal law enforcement agencies again conducted an extensive search of the grid on the 1.5 square mile ground. The 3 p.m. search was conducted by personnel from the Maryland State Police, Natural Resources Police, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Maryland Department of Transportation Police, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Westminster Volunteer Fire Company and Chest Talks Search and Rescue. I am happy to answer questions this time. Please remember that this is an ongoing investigation and we are trying to be sensitive to the family at this time. Yes, madam, why everything. It’s again, it’s still under investigation and we know we haven’t determined why they ended up in the farm field area. Again, we are working with the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office to establish the charges. The investigation is still ongoing and we are currently speaking with the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office as this meeting unfolds here. How long? I don’t know at the moment. Again, this is going to be in relation to the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office. After examining the facts. We’ll go from there. I won’t speak for the mother, but I’m sure she is very grateful and happy to see her child like any mother would be. Yes. Yes. Not to our knowledge, no. Thank you. Well, we don’t know how long they’ve been in the shed. Um, we searched the area overnight. We did not find in the wooded area. Um so I don’t want to make assumptions. Um But we searched all night in the wooded area. We did not locate them in the wooded area. Yes. The boy and the family dog. I cannot comment on this set at this time. Very well. Again, this investigation is ongoing and I will make no statement about it at this time. Yes. OK. Yes. The orange alert is essential for us to get the children back quickly and again I’m very happy as everyone is here today that we got a child back safely no one was injured ‘was injured. It’s a good day. It’s a beautiful day. Oh that’s the key. This is the key. Everyone, every department here is key. Everyone played a vital role, a coordinated effort is key to the recovery and resolution of all criminal cases. A good coordinated effort with law enforcement agencies. And we have that here across the state and in Carroll County. Thank you.

Amber Alert canceled in Carroll County

UPDATE – April 12 (1 p.m.): A 12-year-old Carroll County boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert issued on Monday was found safe and sound on Tuesday morning, police said. Maryland State Police provided an update Tuesday afternoon, just hours after the “This is a very proud moment for law enforcement in Maryland today,” the police said. Maryland State Police spokeswoman Elena Russo. missing child after not showing up at school. The boy’s father, Christopher Geiger, picked up the child on Friday and was due to take him to school on Monday. Police said Geiger and the boy were last seen leaving school on Friday in a Jeep Wrangler. in a farm field in Westminster on Monday. Nearly 100 law enforcement officers searched the wooded area, covering 1 1/2 miles of ground. At around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, authorities found Geiger and his son in a hangar about half a mile from the Jeep. The crisis negotiation team made contact with Geiger and arrested the couple and the family dog ​​shortly before 10:30 a.m. without incident. Geiger and her son were taken to Carroll Hospital Center for evaluation. UPDATE – April 12 (11 a.m.): The Amber Alert has been canceled for the 12-year-old boy from Carroll County. The boy and his father were found safe and sound, Maryland State Police said. According to Maryland State Police, the father was taken into custody for a medical evaluation. Charges are pending in that case after consulting with the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office. This report will be updated.

UPDATE — April 12 (1 p.m.): A 12-year-old Carroll County boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert issued on Monday was found safe and sound on Tuesday morning, police said.

Maryland State Police provided an update Tuesday afternoon, just hours after the boy was found.

“It’s a very proud moment for Maryland law enforcement today,” Maryland State Police spokeswoman Elena Russo said.

Maryland State Police Maj. Dan Pickett, commander of special operations, said the boy’s mother called Hampstead police to report the child missing after he failed to show up at school. The boy’s father, Christopher Geiger, picked up the child on Friday and was due to take him to school on Monday.

Police said Geiger and the boy were last seen leaving school on Friday in a Jeep Wrangler.

Police said troopers later found the Jeep unoccupied in a farm field in Westminster on Monday.

Nearly 100 law enforcement officers searched the wooded area, covering 1 1/2 miles of ground. At around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, authorities found Geiger and his son in a hangar about half a mile from the Jeep.

The crisis negotiation team made contact with Geiger and took the couple and the family dog ​​into custody shortly before 10:30 a.m. without incident. Geiger and her son were taken to Carroll Hospital Center for an evaluation.

UPDATE — April 12 (11 a.m.): The Amber Alert has been canceled for the 12-year-old boy from Carroll County. The boy and his father were found safe and sound, Maryland State Police said.

According to Maryland State Police, the father was taken into custody for a medical evaluation. Charges are pending in that case after consulting with the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office.

This report will be updated.