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Dear Friend ,

We continue our story of the search for Baby Claire. Your tax deductible donations helped us provide free services for Baby Claire’s family. We are especially grateful for the donations from federal workers through the tax-deductible Combined Federal Campaign.

Baby Claire was kidnapped at the tender age of 3 months by her father Robert during a court-ordered visitation. Her mother Joan had filed a police report and contacted the Polly Klaas Foundation for help in finding her baby. Joan talked with our caseworker and signed a consent form. Faxes of Baby Claire’s missing child poster were widely distributed.

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      (Not actual photo of Baby Claire)

Day 5

12:00 pm
Our caseworker received a call from David in Iowa, a neighboring state. He had seen Baby Claire’s missing child poster with a picture of her father Robert. David was an old friend of Robert’s, but he hadn’t seen him in a long time.

The previous week, David had received a phone message from Robert, saying he was staying in town with another friend, and left the address and phone number. David had not had time to return the phone call. And, he wasn’t certain Robert was still at that address.

David had called the Police Department in Claire’s home town (the phone number was on Claire’s missing child poster.) But he was unable to connect with Detective Dawkin. They didn’t take any information. David then called the Polly Klaas Foundation Hotline (this was also on Claire’s missing child poster,) and left the information with the caseworker.
12:10 pm
Our caseworker immediately faxed the information about Robert Taylor, and the contact information for David to Detective Dawkin. She then called the detective on his direct line to make sure he received the fax. He thanked her for the information.

Detective Dawkin’s first task was to contact the Police Department in the Iowa town where David and Robert were located. He needed to officially arrange for them to interview David, then pick-up Robert, and hopefully recover Baby Claire.

2.00 pm
David once again called our caseworker. Claire’s father had just paged him, leaving the same phone number and indicated he was at the same address. Our caseworker gave David Detective Dawkin’s direct line, and instructed him to call immediately. Our caseworker immediately faxed this information to the Police Department in Illinois.

 2:35 pm
Our caseworker called David to make sure he had been able to speak with Detective Dawkin. David told her that local Iowa police detectives who had been contacted by Detective Dawkin in Illinois were at his home getting briefed. They would shortly be on their way to pick up Robert.

4:45 pm
Robert Taylor was confirmed to be in custody.

Baby Claire was returned to her relieved mother, in excellent health.


About 85% of our cases are resolved. Some cases are resolved quickly. Some take longer. Others take much longer. All cases take cooperation and teamwork involving family, friends, ordinary citizens, the police and the Polly Klaas Foundation.

All of you are involved in our case work as well. Your tax deductible donations fuel these services for families in need, and for children who need to be found. We are encouraged by the thousands of you who have joined our efforts to keep children safe.

The Polly Klaas Foundation continues to be a proud participant in the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign.

Our Charity Code is: 41681

If you are a federal employee, in the military or with the postal service please designate the Polly Klaas Foundation as your charity of choice during this fall’s campaign period. Please do this before the December 31 deadline. Please help children like Baby Claire be reunited with their families.

If friends or members of your family are eligible donors, please forward this email to them.

We are counting on you to support our work. Thousands of parents rely on us to help them find their missing children. We are very grateful we have the support and resources to provide these services.

For information about the CFC, and how to make your tax deductible donation, please click the logo below & proceed to the Donor’s section at the top of the page:

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For the first installment of Baby Claire's story, click here

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