The Jimmy Ryce Center

On September 11, 1995, 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce was abducted, raped and murdered at the hands of a sexual predator on his way home from school.

For three months, his parents led a massive search. Little Jimmy was “everyone’s son.”  On December 9, 1995 Juan Carlos Chavez was arrested. The entire community mourned. Jimmy’s funeral on December 30, 1995 was befitting a head of state.

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Our Bloodhounds

The Jimmy Ryce Center provides AKC bloodhounds free to law enforcement to find abducted and lost children.

“A bloodhound has 60 times the scent power of a German Shepherd and is the only dog that can follow a human trail more than a few hours old.  A bloodhound is your best single bet for bringing a child, abducted by a predator, home, alive. We believe that Jimmy would be alive today if a bloodhound had immediately been brought in to search for our son.”Don and Claudine Ryce

Quick Links

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Bloodhounds in the News

The latest news from around the country regarding law enforcement agencies working with bloodhounds.

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Jimmy Ryce Center History

All about Jimmy Ryce and how and why the Jimmy Ryce Center exists today.

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Teach your Kids

Valuable tips parents can teach their kids so they’re prepared for dangerous situations.

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Application for Bloodhounds

If you’re agency is interested in a bloodhound for missing person cases, please fill out this application.

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Donate to The Jimmy Ryce Center

Your donation will help us buy more bloodhounds for law enforcement around the country.

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Amber Alerts

The latest active Amber Alerts and more about the program and how it works.