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There’s no Amber Alert

Submitted by admin on April 13, 2010 – 3:04 pm4 Comments

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – No Amber Alert has been issued for a missing girl in the Riverton area. This message comes from the Riverton Police Department in response to a barrage of calls coming in to the dispatch center.

Det. Sgt. Julie Etter of the Riverton police force said the callers are reporting they’ve received a text message Amber Alert for a missing girl. These are not valid. She said official Amber Alerts will only be issued by an official source, like from a police or sheriff’s office.

Once issued, an Amber Alert then goes into a computerized system that notifies law enforcement and media outlets across the country. She said an official Amber Alert is not issued through text messaging.

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4 Comments

Comment by FCLady
2010-04-13 19:07:07

Actually, the Wyoming Amber Alert Plan run by the State of Wyoming DCI has a text message Amber Alert System. Also the Wyoming Road Reports Text Alert System now sends out Amber Alerts.

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Comment by alys75
2010-04-14 03:04:40

I live in Utah and when there is a missing child here a mass text is sent out with the childs age what they were wearing, the plate number and discription of the car they were seen in (if availble), there have been many children saved that way, Riverton needs to keep up with the times and get on the ball.
the Amber Alerts are put out over the radio and T.V. as well.

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Comment by eagleboy
2010-04-14 09:24:31

Maybe the fact that local law enforcement does not seem to understand the system has a lot to do with why it is never used.

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Comment by sofaspud
2010-04-14 11:54:11

Or perhaps the general public doesn’t understand the system. A little research on the subject might me in order. This is from the website:

Summary of Department of Justice Recommended Criteria
•There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred.
•The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
•There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child.
•The abduction is of a child aged 17 years or younger.
•The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.

A little research on the subject might me in order.

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