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AMBER Alerts were issued 11/23/2009 for a missing child in South Carolina and a missing child in Texas.

The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Angela Rodriguez. Police are looking for Joaquin Garcia in connection with her abduction. The suspect is driving the listed vehicle. The suspect was last heard from in Shepherd, TX. Law enforcement officials believe this child to be in grave or immediate danger.

If you have information, please contact San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, 936-653-4367.

Authorities in South Carolina have issued an AMBER Alert for Angel Miguel Perez. The child was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue pants, white shoes, and a blue hat.

If you have information, please contact North Charleston Police Department, 843-822-1128.

Update: North Charleston Police Find Missing Baby and Make Arrest

Update: The AMBER Alert for Angela Rodriguez has been canceled. No details are available. She is still listed as “Endangered Missing“.

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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 activated in Denver City, Tx  for 3 years old Mitchell Romer. He is alleged to have been abducted by Mario Romero  , 205lbs., black hair, and brown eyes.

Mario Romero

The suspect, 33-year-old Mario Romero, who is wanted in connection with a murder, was last seen driving a maroon 2004 GMC Yukon with Texas License plate 43WFX6. Mario Romero is accused of killing 29-year-old Veronica Esquivel Romero inside a home on East 10th Street on Friday.

The suspect was last heard from in Denver City, TX. Law enforcement officials believe this child to be in grave or immediate danger.

If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Denver City Police Department at 806-592-3516.

Update 10-20-09: The AMBER Alert has been canceled. Mitchell remains missing.

Update 11-06-09: Denver City Police Dept. News Release
November 6, 2009

Denver City, Texas – Mitchell Romero, 3 years of age, was killed Wednesday, November 4, 2009 when the vehicle he was in overturned. The accident occurred south of Ojinaga, mesico. The vehicle was driven by family members. No other information is available on the accident or occupants.

Mario Romero, father, is still being sought on murder charges. He is believed to be in Mexico.

Services for Mitchell Romero are pending with Ratliff Funeral Home in Denver City.

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Am AMBER Alert has been issued in Texas for Karla Victoria Yrigoyen-Rivas.

The Laredo Police Department is searching for Karla Victoria Yrigoyen-Rivas, Hispanic female, 12 years old, 8/28/1997, 5’0, 100 lbs, black hair, brown eyes, and white blouse, blue jeans, and black sandals.

Police are looking for Jose Angel Cruz, AKA Giovanni, Hispanic, male, 28 years old, 5’6, 200, bald, brown, and last seen wearing blue muscle shirt, blue jeans, and yellow boots, devil head skull on right arm and Medusa on right leg in her abduction.

Law enforcement officials believe this child to be in grave or immediate danger. If you have information, please contact Laredo Police Department, 956-795-2800

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An AMBER Alert has been activated for four San Antonio, Tx. children.

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Sunday night, authorities called on the public to help find Briana Harris, 13; Dantae Lamar Harris, 5; Kenneth Dominic Harris, 6; and Nichelle Denise Harris, 9.

Alphonse Harris, 53, is believed to have taken his daughter and three grandchildren after driving to Texas from Michigan, this according to the San Antonio Express-News citing Bexar County authorities.

Harris is believed to have come because of the death of the legal guardian of the children, who was the mother of Briana and the grandmother of the other three. He did not have permission to take the children.

Alphonse Harris is said to be driving a 1999 Dodge Caravan. It is tan in color with Texas license plate number 52PGX5.

Harris has a warrant out on a family violence charge. He may be driving north back to Michigan, according to the sheriff’s office.

If you have information on the whereabouts of the children and Alphonse Harris, call (210) 335-4630 or (210) 336-4603.

 

 

Update 08-18-09: Four Amber Alert children from San Antonio found in Michigan

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