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In an editorial in the Fort Myers  News-Press there were these quotes about the decision not to issue an AMBER Alert or Missing Children Alert.

Kristen Perezluha, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, explaining the difference between the two types of alerts.

Perezluha said Missing Child Alerts, which aren’t carried on the EAS, exist for cases that need to be publicized but don’t meet the Amber Alert criteria.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten, was quoted as saying this about the decision not to issue a Missing Child Alert in the disappearance of Adji Desir.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten said her department hasn’t issued a Missing Child Alert because Adji’s case received such wide exposure in local, state and national media. “We felt like the word definitely got out,” Batten said.

Did it? The decision to not issue alerts was reportedly because his disappearance didn’t meet pre-defined criteria for an AMBER Alert and he wasn’t thought to have been abducted but simply “wandered off”.

Unfortunately, most of the mainstream exposure was a brief clip on news channels sans details or on the Internet questioning why an Amber Alert or Missing Child Alert wasn’t issued. The national media didn’t begin to mention his case until days after he was reported missing.

Though his disappearance has been the subject of a fifteen second blurb on America’s Most Wanted and on Nancy Grace’s show, not all Floridians watch either nor where they aired immediately following his disappearance.

Is it really realistic to think these shows or news briefs lacking basic information with no followup airings have the same impact on finding a missing child as an AMBER Alert or Missing Child Alert would?

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