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The U.S. Department of Justice is hosting the National Amber Alert Training Symposium in Tampa, Florida. Some of the discussions are concerning the success of the AMBER Alert system. But, is the AMBER Alert criteria too strict thus not used often enough?

Earlier this year in Florida, A 6-year-old boy,  Adji Desir, went missing in Immokalee, Fl. An AMBER Alert was not issued because authorities believe he is missing and not abducted.

IMMOKALEE — It is every parent’s worst nightmare.

As the search for 6-year-old Adji Desir entered its 24th hour Sunday, more information about the boy emerged, though officials continue to regard the boy to be missing and not abducted. For that reason, said Collier County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten, an Amber Alert has not been issued for the boy.

“We did not put out an Amber Alert because it’s not a confirmed abduction,” said Batten. “He’s missing. He walked out of his house. Nobody saw anyone take him. Nobody saw him get into a car, that we know of.”

Adji, who was described as 3 feet tall, 45 pounds, with short black hair and dark eyes, is developmentally disabled, according to his family. He understands Creole, his family’s dialect, but is nonverbal and has the intellect of a toddler.

Last week, in Orange Park, Florida an AMBER Alert was issued for Somer Thompson whose body was later found in a Georgia landfill. The alert was activated the day after she was reported missing. Ironically, like Adji, Nobody saw anyone take her. Nobody saw her get into a car, that we know of. She was last seen running ahead of her siblings on her way home from school.

Amber Alert’s record shows it can make a crucial difference

In Texas, leaders there credit a network of regional communications for its 100 percent success rate. Since 2002, 42 Amber Alerts have been issued; they have all resulted in happy endings, said Al Lowe, a regional Amber Alert coordinator in Texas.

Similarly, in New York since 2000, children in all 25 Amber Alert cases were reunited with their families.

Florida, meanwhile, has issued 147 Amber Alerts since 2000. Investigators successfully resolved 142 of those cases. Hodges took a closer look at the cases and discovered that in 45 of them, people indicated that the system played a direct role in the child’s recovery.

Last week an AMBER Alert was activated and cancelled for Mitchell Romero in Denver City, Texas. There has been no happy ending for him yet.

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Amber Alert for a missing Denver City toddler has been canceled.

The Texas Department of Public Safety issued an Amber Alert for 3-year-old Mitchell Romero on Friday. The search was discontinued about 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. Officials have not yet located the child.

Though most people would agree the AMBER Alert can be an instrumental tool in finding missing children, there still is much debate as to whether the criteria to activate them is too strict. There are 342 missing children listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for Florida,202 for Texas and 112 for New York. Most of them did not meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert to be activated.

According to a Washington State, 2006 Child Abduction Murder Study, time is of the essence when a child goes missing.

In 76 percent of the missing children homicide cases studied, the child was dead within three hours of the abduction–and in 88.5 percent of the cases the child was dead within 24 hours.

It would be interesting to know the average time it takes for law enforcement to activate an AMBER Alert.

Related Post: AMBER Alert time between missing and recovery


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An Amber Alert has been issued after authorities say three children were abducted by their father in Detroit.

(WXYZ) – Detroit Police have issued an Amber Alert for three children who are missing and considered to be in extreme danger.

Police say Alannah Adams is two-years-old, two feet tall and weighs 35 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes and is wearing a diamond stud earing. She was last seen at a home on Pierson Road in Detroit.

The other children involved are five-year-old Ajani Adams and seven-year-old Amari Adams. Ajani is three-feet-tall and weighs 65 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Amari is four feet five inches tall and weighs 80 pounds. He also has black hair and brown eyes.

Authorities say they believe the children were abducted by their father who is armed with a gun and has fired shots.

Anthony Adams is 29-years-old, five feet four inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He has several tattoos on his arms. He was driving a Chevrolet Cobalt BLK with a New York license plate with the number DHX7549.

If you’ve seen them call 911 or the Detroit Police Department at 313-596-5600

According to WXYZ, the alert was issued at 12:58 a.m. however as of 6:00 a.m., they aren’t listed as an active AMBER Alert at the NCMEC.

AMBER Alert Detroit

Update: Three Detroit Children Safe after Amber Alert

(WXYZ) – Detroit Police have cancelled an Amber Alert issued for three children who were missing and considered to be in extreme danger.

Michigan State Police say the children were found safe in Fort Wayne, Indiana along with their father 29 year-old Anthony Adams, who is accused of kidnapping them.

State Police say Adams was arrested. He lives in Cheektowaga, New York, a suburb of Buffalo.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has activated an AMBER Alert for 2-year-old Miami boy Donald Arauz.

was last wearing a white shirt and blue shorts. He was last seen in the area of the 400 block of SW 14th Avenue in Miami. The child may be in the company of Antonia Acuna, a white/hispanic female, 37 years old, 5 feet tall, 130 pounds, blonde hair, and brown eyes, who was last seen wearing a white tank top and blue jeans. The two may be travelling in a burgundy truck driven by a Hispanic male.

Anyone with information should contact the Miami Police Department at 305-579-6630 or 911.

If you visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, (NCMEC) to view active alerts, it currently displays an under construction page.

Under construction

Note: After being down at least five hours, the NCMEC website apparently has been restored and the link for Donald’s information is working. According to them, Antonia Acuna is his mother.

The AMBER Alert has been canceled. No further details are available.

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Police in Texas have issued an AMBER Alert in Texas for a missing 11-year-old but it isn’t clear if she is still missing. The NCMEC has no active alerts nor is she listed as a missing child in Texas. There are two missing children listed missing from Tyler, Tx. One is an Endangered Runaway while the other is the victim on a Non-Family Abduction.

Update 1-27-09: Iridian Julissa Rodriguez has now been added at the NCMEC as a missing child but not as an AMBER Alert activation.


Melissa Campos
Missing Since: 1/23/06
Age Now: 16
Missing from: TYLER, TX

Megan Elizabeth Garner
Missing Since: 3/27/91
Age Now: 21
Missing from: TYLER, TX



Should you be aware that Texas activates their AMBER Alerts via  Beyond Missing, then you would know Iridian Julissa Rodriguez is missing.

Amber Alert: Authorities Search For Iridian Julissa Rodriguez

State authorities issued an Amber Alert late Sunday evening for 11-year-old Iridian Julissa Rodriguez of Tyler. Police are concerned for her safety because Rodriguez left a note stating she could no longer live at home, and she would rather be dead, or be in Mexico.

Authorities suspect she is with 23-year-old Enrique Vasquez. Police say Rodriguez has been sneaking out of her home at night to see Vasquez. The two could be riding in a blue, 1999 Pontiac Firebird with Texas License place T31-NJW. The car is missing the passenger side door mirror.

Update 01-27-09: Kidnapping Warrant Issued for Man Believed to Be With Missing 11-year-old

The warrant — for a charge of kidnapping, a third degree felony — was issued by Judge Jack Skeen of the 241st District Court in Smith County, Texas. Bond has been set at $500,000.



If you see either Rodriguez or Vasquez, you’re urged to call the Tyler Police Department at (903) 531-1000.

Update 01-29-09   Police seek missing Tyler girl in Irving

The search for an 11-year-old Tyler girl missing since Saturday has turned to Irving.

Investigators from Tyler were headed to Irving on Wednesday after officers there reported a multivehicle wreck involving a car associated with the missing girl.

Update 01-31-09

DALLAS (AP) — Advocates for missing children want Texas’ Department of Public Safety to reconsider its policy for issuing Amber Alerts after the agency refused to send one out for a missing 11-year-old girl believed to have run off with a convicted felon.

Police in Tyler, about 100 miles east of Dallas, requested the alert after the girl’s mother reported her missing. She was last seen Jan. 24.

The girl’s mother, Maira Macias, was at police headquarters late Friday when her daughter called her and told her she was in Mexico, police said. They believe the girl is with 23-year-old Enrique Vasquez, who was convicted of burglary in 2006.

Update 02-01-09:

TYLER, TX. (KSLA)- A Tyler, Texas teen that had been missing for a week, has now been found.

Iridian “Julissa” Rodriguez was located in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico Saturday and is now safe with relatives, according to the Tyler Police Dept.


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Tyler Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Enrique Vasquez, the man believed to be accompanying Iridian Julissa Rodriguez, an 11-year-old Tyler girl who left home late Saturday and has not been seen since, according to Tyler Police Public Information Officer Donald Martin.

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If there are no costs to operating an AMBER Alert then why would a 28-year-old man in Vermont be held in jail after being charged with making a false report about an abducted child. Maybe it is because Officers from at least five agencies scoured a section of Burlington late Saturday and went door to door looking for information after receiving the report of the possible abduction.

The Amber Alert system is more effective as theater than as a way
Boston Globe, United States – Jul 19, 2008

“It doesn’t cost anybody anything,” argues Tyler Cox, operations manager for radio station WBAP, chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Amber Plan Task Force, and one of the people who helped create the original Amber Alert. “There’s no expense to operating an Amber Alert system if you’re doing it the right way.”

There is a tremendous amount of resources required and various levels of approval necessary to activate an AMBER Alert. Perhaps it doesn’t cost the station anything to air an alert but there is expense in operating the system.

Note:  He could be sentenced to up to two years in prison.

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The cost of an Amber Alert

Filing False reports

Taken or traveling from Tennessee

Another False Amber Alert

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The parents of missing Madeleine McCann  argue that a European Union wide alert might have allowed authorities to find her in the initial hours of her disappearance. However, the rest of Europe seems to disagree.

“We shouldn’t send out a European alert when a child has been gone for just a few hours,” said German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries. “The great majority of children return home after two or three days.”

When a child goes missing in the U.S., an AMBER Alert may be activated in neighboring states but rarely would one be issued nationwide nationwide. Does it have to be all or nothing or is there an effective compromise.

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