When the AMBER Alert went out more a missing Missouri teen and her suspected abductor, it included the licence plate number and vehicle description. It appears the car may have already been impounded by Omaha Police days earlier prior to the alert. Authorities often defend why an AMBER Alert is not issued when circumstances don’t meet the alert criteria suggesting missing child alerts or in this case a missing juvenile alert is as effective. A juvenile alert was issued in this case so why weren’t authorities in Missouri informed of the impounded car?
Following some Friday night football excitement in Lathrop, Missouri, 14-year-old Christina Alley and 16-year-old Levi Carlson disappear.
The next day an Omaha police officer finds their car in Omaha’s Old Market. The license plate matched the AWOL Avalon reported missing by the Clinton County Missouri Sheriff’s Office.
“The officer had that information at the time that these were missing juveniles out of Missouri. However the vehicle was not reported stolen until the 19th, and there wasn’t an Amber Alert attached to this until the 21st,” said Lt. Darci Tierney of the Omaha Police.
Officers found the Toyota parked illegally in front of a driveway on October 18th, a day after the teens went missing. Nobody in Missouri said they knew about the car until a week later, when the two teens were found under the 35th Avenue bridge in Council Bluffs.