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Mon January 3, 2005
Anniversary for State's Amber Alert System
Laramie, Wy – The state Division of Criminal
Investigation says the first year of Wyoming's Amber Alert system resulted in two activations.
On January 27th, D-C-I received a request from Utah to initiate an alert after a noncustodial parent reportedly abducted his five-year-old daughter.
The man and the girl were located near Rawlins early the next morning and the girl was safely recovered.
And on September 15th, an alert was issued upon a request from Kansas.
In that case, a five-year-old girl was found unharmed after her father apparently killed her mother, abducted her and shot himself to death near Laramie.
According to D-C-I Deputy Director Kebin Haller, four criteria must be met before the state issues an Amber Alert.
Those criteria include: confirmation by law enforcement that a child has been abducted; the victim is 17 or younger; the child appears to be in danger of serious bodily harm or death; and
sufficient information exists about the child, the abductor and the suspect's vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help.
Haller says that so far, Amber Alerts have helped recover 176 children nationwide.
The program is named after Amber Hagerman, a nine-year-old girl who was abducted in Arlington, Texas, and later found murdered.