When the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office last week launched an Amber Alert to find a missing North Kitsap infant, the story hit newspaper web sites and aired on TV and radio stations almost immediately.
We hear often about Amber Alerts around the country, and every now and then, they hit close to home, as was the case in a separate story last August involving a 3-year-old Bremerton girl who’d been taken from a local home.
But how did this method come into practice?
According to CodeAmber.org:
The AMBER Plan was created in 1996 as a powerful legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, a bright little girl who was kidnapped and brutally murdered while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas.
In April 2003, President Bush signed into law a national Amber Alert, the web site goes on to say.
FBI Agents in Seattle told me today that the Amber Alert issued for Rebecca Forrester to find her 2-month-old daughter Serenity Withrow didn’t directly lead to her capture last Saturday in Wyoming. But it did provide the tips that led the FBI to her tracks, they said.
How do you think the Amber Alert has been effective? Could it be improved?