Closing Amber Alert Gaps
Parent Crystal Clark believes reality doesn't set in until the topic hits close to home. "It doesn't really scare me when I see it when it's somebody else's kid but I always think that could be my kid," says Clark.
Since it began in Missouri in 2003, the amber alert program has been 100 percent successful in finding abducted children.
Now, an endangered person advisory program is closing the gaps amber alerts leave.
Amber alerts are for when the victim is facing serious injury or death. The alert needs descriptions of both of the abductor and victimand that victim must be seventeen or younger.
The endangered person alerts cover any age. Typical use will be for missing elderly or disabled people, people missing in severe weather, or those with a potentially dangerous person.
"We have a lot more eyes and ears out there with the media and the public so it's a much more vast area of the possibility of somebody being discovered or seen," says Cpt. Tim Hull of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Now police and families don't have to wonder. Since the program began in January, seven of the nine cases have ended successfully.