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AMBER Alert Success Stories

As of April 2, 2014 AMBER Alerts have helped rescue and safely return 688 children. Read some of the most recent success stories.

July 1, 2013 - Ohio

An 8-year-old boy went missing when his non-custodial father did not bring him home as planned. Because of the abductor's history, law enforcement was concerned for the safety of the child and an AMBER Alert was activated. A group of friends became aware of the AMBER Alert when they all received Wireless Emergency Alerts on their cell phones. A few hours later, the same group was at a diner when one of the friends spotted the vehicle. He and one of the other individuals followed the vehicle and called 911. Law enforcement located the vehicle, the abductor was arrested and the child was safely rescued.

June 4, 2013 - Iowa

An AMBER Alert was issued when a 4-year-old boy and his 1-month-old brother were abducted by their non-custodial mother from a relative's home. The abductor was believed to be under the influence of drugs. A driver heard the AMBER Alert, recognized the vehicle and called 911. Law enforcement was able to locate and stop the vehicle. The abductor was taken into custody and the children were rescued unharmed.

May 31, 2013 - Missouri

An 8-year-old boy was taken from school by his non-custodial father. An AMBER Alert was issued when the abductor did not answer his phone and law enforcement learned of threatening statements made by the abductor. The abductor heard about the AMBER Alert and contacted law enforcement and agreed to release the child. At the arranged location, law enforcement rescued the child and took the abductor into custody.

May 22, 2013 - Georgia

An AMBER Alert was issued when a vehicle was stolen with a 1-year-old girl inside from outside a daycare. A security camera showed a suspect getting into the vehicle and driving away. Police received a call from a citizen who heard the AMBER Alert and realized the vehicle had been parked on a nearby street all night. The child was safely rescued.

May 20, 2013 - Massachusetts

An AMBER Alert was issued when a brother and sister, ages 8 and 10, were forcibly taken from foster care by their non-custodial father. An AMBER Alert was issued. A truck driver heard the broadcast on the radio and then saw the vehicle pass him on the highway. He called law enforcement and was able to see the vehicle exiting the highway. Shortly after, police located the vehicle at a convenience store and rescued the children, who were hidden under blankets and pillows. The abductor was found in the restroom at the store and arrested.

May 5, 2013 - Texas

A 22-year-old man kidnapped a 14-year-old girl, her mother and her sibling at knifepoint. The sibling and mother were released from the vehicle and they notified law enforcement. The abductor was believed to be obsessed with the child. A regional AMBER Alert was issued and the empty vehicle was found crashed on the side of the road. Later, a citizen saw the child and abductor walking near the location of the vehicle crash and contacted law enforcement. The child was rescued and the abductor was arrested.

April 28, 2013 - Montana

A 1-year-old child was abducted from his grandparents' home by his non-custodial parents. A multi-state AMBER Alert was activated in Montana and Washington. Law enforcement received multiple tips from citizens as a result of the AMBER Alert. These tips helped law enforcement develop additional vehicle information and led to the location of the vehicle. The child was rescued and the abductors were taken into custody.

April 26, 2013 - Texas

A 6-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl were taken by their non-custodial mother from school. Due the abductor's mental health history, the children were believed to be in immediate danger. A regional AMBER Alert was issued and shortly after the abductor saw it broadcast on television.  She contacted a social worker and arranged to have another individual bring the children to a relative’s home where they were safely rescued.

March 12, 2013 - Texas

Three children, ages 3, 4 and 5, were taken by their non-custodial father. Law enforcement believed the children were in immediate danger due to the abductor's history and issued an AMBER Alert. Shortly after the AMBER Alert was activated, the abductor heard it broadcast over the radio. He turned himself in at a police department and all 3 children were safely recovered.

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