|Birth: ||Jun. 23, 1979|
|Death: ||Aug. 26, 1982|
Rachael and her brothers were playing in the city park directly behind their Sunset, Utah home in August of 1982. A man approached the children offering them candy and gum. Rachael followed him to his parked car where he put her in and drove off. She was never seen alive again.
When Utah later launched a child abduction alert in 2002, it originally was called the Rachael Alert in honor of little Rachael. It was the ninth state to have a statewide plan. Today over 40 states have adopted the national program and are now calling it the AMBER Alert. Utah now honors the memory of this young victim with the Rachael Runyan Award. "This award is to be given to citizens who make the call and help find the perpetrator and missing child," says Elaine Runyan-Simmons, Rachael's mother. "This award will allow us to continue honoring the work done in behalf of Rachael for missing children." Rachael's case went cold for many years, and was then reopened in 2007.
"Loving daughter of Jeff and Elaine
brought a nation to its knees."
Washington Heights Memorial Park
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Originally Created by: Always with Love
Record added: Nov 06, 2003
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