AMBER Advocate – Fall 2017

FALL 2017

In This Issue:

The latest issue of The AMBER Advocate is now out featuring the case of Ashlynne Mike. Meet two more outstanding AMBER Alert Coordinators, plus, a Florida AMBER Alert tracks down a suspect caught in the act

Justice for Ashlynne: Native American Girl's Death May Save Countless Lives

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All eleven-year-old Ashlynne Mike and her nine-year-old brother Ian did was accept a ride home from their school’s bus stop in Lower Fruitlands, Arizona. When it was over, Ashlynne had been raped and murdered and her brother Ian was left wandering in the desert...


Stacey Pearson has been with the Louisiana State Police for 18 years and works out of Lafayette. She has been the manager of the Louisiana Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children (LACMEC) since 2012 and the state AMBER Alert Coordinator since January 2015.


Jennifer Viets has been the Montana AMBER Alert Coordinator since 2012. She has been the state’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse Manager since 2009. Viets started as a training officer for Montana’s Criminal Justice Information Network in 1994. She also worked as a 911 public safety dispatcher and supervisor for five years.

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...

Highlights from AMBER Alert trainings around the country and world, including Puerto Rico, Mexico and Awesome Otto the K9 who's helping child abuse victims...

AMBER Alert International

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...

AMBER Alert in Indian Country

The AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program added two new online training opportunities to its array of eLearning courses in September 2017. These two one-hour trainings are uniquely designed for tribal law enforcement and others working in child protection efforts in tribal communities.

AMBER Alert Briefs

Stories in the AMBER Alert Briefs section cover Human Trafficking, the state of Georgia honoring Levi Frady, a, Idaho car dealership offering Child ID kits and more...