AMBER Alert in Action



  On the Front Lines

AMBER Alert on the Front Lines:

Citizen makes fateful call after multiple state AMBER Alert partners work together to recover missing Tennessee children
Authorities honor Good Samaritan who had a “gut feeling” about the children she saw on a California beach

AMBER Alert on the Front Lines: Washington

Two semi-trucks are now rolling down Washington roadways with images and information about a four-year-old girl who disappeared nearly two decades ago. The Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Unidentified Missing Persons Unit teamed up with Kam-Way Transportation to place age-progressed photos of Sofia Juarez on two of its trucks. The trucks are part of the […]

AMBER Alert on the Front Lines: Missouri

Three men burst into a St. Joseph, Missouri, home and took a two-year-old girl at gunpoint and then fled with the child. Police say the non-custodial father had a physical confrontation with the mother before leaving. The alleged abduction took place on March 15, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. Authorities received the call about the kidnapping […]

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AMBER Alert on the Front Lines: Minnesota

The premise of the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds” is that cars can be stolen in a minute or less. Unfortunately, that short time frame was the real-life situation after a mother left her one-year-old son in the back of her vehicle to grab something from their Minneapolis, Minnesota, home before leaving. At 12:21 p.m. […]

Breesha Spratley is reunited with her daughter, Amila Spratley-Apke

AMBER Alert on the Front Lines: Utah

It took only moments for ten-month-old Amila Spratley-Apkey to vanish. Amila’s mother Breesha Spratley left her car running in the driveway with her daughter in the backseat in Ogden, Utah, at 10:45 a.m. on November 4, 2020. The mother ran into her home to use the bathroom and her friend who was in the car […]

A large painted mural adorns a memorial for Amber Hagerman, the little girl who was abducted on her bike and later found dead in Arlington, Texas in 1996.(Tom Fox / Staff Photographer)

25 years after the abduction of Amber Hagerman, hope and hard work continue

From the Dallas Morning News: “For the first time, police said they have DNA evidence that someday — with new technology that has solved other high-profile cold cases — could be the key to finding her killer.” A hallmark of surviving families is their strength and resilience in keeping hope – active and intentional – […]

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On the Front Lines: Houston

Thanksgiving weekend is usually the time for family reunions, but for one Houston family it involved a frantic search for a two-year-old child. During the evening of November 24, 2018, Jatavia Bookman called the Houston Police Department (HPD) to report Prentis Curtis had taken her son Jeremiah Lambert and the family’s blue Dodge Nitro without […]

On the Front Lines: Ohio

Six-year-old Brooklyn Vance was staying with her aunt in Ashtabula, Ohio, while her mother was out of town. Connie Nelson, the girl’s grandmother from Las Vegas, was also staying at the home and decided to take the child. At 9:30 a.m. on June 12, 2018, the aunt woke up and discovered the girl and her […]

On the Front Lines: Fall 2018

Emergency 9-1-1 telecommunicators in Saguache County, Colorado, received a call from a father who was concerned because his twelve-year-old son had been missing for three hours. It was Saturday, June 23, 2018, and the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office gathered information and sent a message about the boy to other local law enforcement officers in case […]

On the Front Lines: Summer 2018

Washington AMBER Alert Coordinator Carri Gordon was in the middle of a Child Abduction Response Team (CART) training when she received an email requesting an AMBER Alert for a case involving a five-year-old boy and custodial interference. The email was sent by the Lake Forest Police Department at 12:03 p.m. on March 28, 2018. Gordon […]

On the Front Lines: Idaho

A booby-trapped home, a burning truck and an armed, suicidal father high on methamphetamines sparked Idaho to issue an AMBER Alert and initiate a massive search in Idaho and Nevada. Joshua Dundon picked up his six- and seven-year-old daughters from school on the morning of May 10, 2017 and then disappeared. The following day hikers […]

Brazos Valley CART Exercise

CART Exercise in Brazos Valley Unites 26 Agencies

Content courtesy: Amber Alert Network Brazos Valley | On Tuesday December 5, 2017 Officers with the Navasota Police Department responded to a report of an abducted child as part of a planned field exercise in conjunction with the Brazos Valley Child Abduction Response Team (BVCART). Throughout the day over 70 responders from 26 different […]

On the Front Lines: Florida

In the early morning hours of September 3, 2017, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida received a call about an abduction. A convicted felon kidnapped an 11-year-old female relative and then dragged her into the woods. The child’s grandmother woke in the middle of the night and discovered the girl’s room was locked. She […]

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AMBER Alert Resolved Quickly in Iowa

November 20, 2017*: An AMBER Alert for a missing 12-year-old girl has been canceled after she and her alleged abductor were found safe in Des Moines following a traffic stop on I-235. Beyonce Carrasco was reported missing around 3:00am from her home in Denison. Police believed she was with 13-year-old Rodolfo Penaflor, Jr. traveling in […]

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On the Front Lines: Maryland

A mother was carrying groceries into her home when a teenager jumped into her white SUV and sped off. The vehicle was running, the keys were still in the ignition and her 11-month son was still strapped in his car seat. The Baltimore, Maryland, Police Department got the call at 1:30 p.m. on October 26, […]

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On the Front Lines: Tennessee & Georgia

On June 6, 2017, a 14-year-old girl with a history of suicide attempts and other mental health problems went missing in Georgia. The Gordon County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office received a call at 11 a.m. from the girl’s mother and reported she saw her daughter the night before, but she was gone when she went to […]

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On the Front Lines: South Dakota

On August 8, 2016, detectives in King County, Washington, learned of the alleged abduction of 2 boys by a suspect on his way to Chicago. Paul Brown allegedly took his 3-year-old son Chance and 1-year-old son Hunter and told their mother he would not return. The children had been taken 3 days earlier, with Chance […]

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On the Front Lines: Utah

It started with a scuffle at the Utah Division of Child and Family Services on May 5, 2016. Christopher Montoya and Monica Martinez were “combative, threatening and agitated” because they could no longer see their two daughters. The courts had taken away the couple’s custody rights and witnesses said they appeared to be under the […]

  AMBER Alert International

AMBER Alert International – Issue I 2019

The Republic of Srpska joined AMBER Alert Europe and can now issue child abduction alerts. Also known as the Serb Republic, the country launched its system on September 5, 2018. “We look forward to working with the Republic’s law enforcement experts towards our mission to reach zero missing children in Europe,” said Frank Hoen, founder […]

AMBER Alert International – Issue IV 2018

Ecuador says it has become the first South American country to have an alert for children who have been abducted or are believed to be in immediate danger. The Alert Emilia is named after a nine-year-old girl who was abducted and murdered in 2017 by human traffickers. “In Ecuador the AMBER Alert will be called […]

AMBER Alert International – Fall 2018

The Bahamas started a pilot child abduction alert program in July 2018, similar to the U.S. AMBER Alert. The country is calling the notifications “Marco’s Alert,” after 11-year-old Marco Archer who disappeared and was later found dead in 2011. The public has to opt-in to receive the alert but police can decide if the situation […]

AMBER Alert International – Summer 2018

Peru has launched an AMBER Alert system to help find missing and abducted children immediately after police are notified of their disappearance. Under the previous law, police had to wait 24 hours before they began looking for a missing child. Peru Minister Board President César Villanueva said he will also increase the number of emergency […]

The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children

Since 2007, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) has served as an international point-of-contact, providing technical assistant to countries for the development of Rapid Emergency Child Alert Systems. Since 2016, ICMEC has partnered with Facebook to assist in spreading AMBER Alerts on its social media platform. As of May 2018, the following […]

AMBER Alert International – Spring 2018

AMBER Alert Europe launched a task force on January 29, 2018, with a mission for saving missing children. The task force includes experts from the Czech Republic, Malta, Poland and the Netherlands. The task force provides a way to share information and best practices, network with colleagues across Europe and learn how to enhance their […]

AMBER Alert International – Fall 2017

Forty police officers as well as politicians from ten European countries met for an AMBER Alert training on October 24, 2017. Charlie Hedges, AMBER Alert Europe’s Police Network Coordinator, shared best practices on handling missing children cases at the meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania. “A quick risk assessment is crucial to identify the correct response to […]

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AMBER Alert International – Spring 2017

A British Columbia social worker is hoping Canada will create a new alert for missing at-risk children that do not fit the criteria for an AMBER Alert. Patricia McDonald says an “Alex Alert” is needed to prevent what happened to Alexandra Radita 4 years ago. The 15-year-old boy weighed only 37 pounds and was covered […]

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Representatives from the U.S., Canada and Mexico are working to make sure the AMBER Alert systems in their countries and bordering areas work seamlessly when cross-border child abduction cases occur. The 2017 AMBER Alert Symposium included a panel discussion about what is being done to return abducted children who are taken across a national border. […]

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AMBER Alert International – Winter 2017

Nine European countries have signed an agreement to work closely together to help find missing children taken across national borders. The joint declaration was signed in November 2016 by Ministers of Interior Affairs from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. “When a child goes missing, quick and effective cross-border […]

Janet Turnbull in Mexico

Faces of the AMBER Alert Network: Mexico

Janet Turnbull is doing her best to make sure borders never get in the way of finding an abducted child. Since 2013 she has been working in Mexico City, Mexico, as a legal advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development and Training (OPDAT). Her focus is on human […]