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Amber Alert Criteria

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Amber Alert Criteria:

All Elements 1 through 5 should be satisfied, after considering all the facts and circumstances of the incident , for the incident to qualify as an Amber Alert.

1. The child is under eighteen (18) years of age and is known to be abducted and is not a runaway or thrown away from home.

2. The abducted child is believed to be in danger of death or serious bodily injury.

3. The Amber Alert activation should occur within 4 hours of the event qualifying under the criteria as an Amber Alert unless circumstances or the timeliness of the information warrant otherwise.

4. There must be enough descriptive information available to believe that an Amber Alert activation will assist in the recovery of the child. (Must include as much of the following information as possible)

Where the abduction took place: A specific physical description of the child which can include clothing worn when last seen; height, weight, age, hair and eye color, hair length, or any additional distinguishing physical characteristics.  

A physical description of the abductor which can include approximate height, weight, hair color, length, eye, skin color, clothing or any distinguishing physical characteristics.

Place last seen which can include description of the vehicle such as color, make, model, license number, approximate year (older, newer).

5. The incident must be reported to and investigated by a law enforcement agency.