The mother whose son was allegedly abducted from Michigan last week is now questioning the effectiveness of the AMBER Alert that was issued. It isn’t the first time the system has been questioned. Many confuse a national system, where each state has an AMBER Alert system in place, with a nationwide one where an alert is automatically activated across the nation when a child is abducted. So next time you hear someone in the national media say “a nationwide AMBER Alert has been activated for…” there is a good chance you won’t hear nor see anything locally about the abducted child.
Plymouth Township teen’s mom slams Amber Alert system
Woman whose son was missing for 4 days before return intends to lobby for better search program.
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — The mother of one of two teens who went missing for four days this week before returning on their own is questioning the effectiveness of the nationwide Amber Alert network.
“Not once under the Amber Alert did anyone catch these kids or stop the car,” Theresa Wainwright said Friday, a day after her 15-year-old son Justin Wainright and his 18-year-old friend Joshua Zohr returned on their own.
They had driven nearly to Georgia and back between Tuesday and Thursday. Police questioned the two but have yet to explain the trip.
National Amber Alert Awareness Day 2008