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2009 AMBER Alert Report: Analysis of AMBER Alert Cases in 2009

NCJ Number
234209
Date Published
Author(s)
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Annotation
This document from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children presents an analysis of AMBER-Alert cases for 2009.
Abstract
Major findings from this report are: 1) 207 AMBER-Alert cases involving 263 children were issued in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2009; 2) of the 207 alerts issued, 166 cases resulted in recovery with 45 of those successfully resolved as a direct of the alert, 9 children were recovered deceased, and 3 cases remained active at the time this report was generated; 3) 45 percent of the alerts were issued state- or territory-wide, 46 percent were regional, and 2 percent were local issues; 4) Michigan issued the most AMBER-Alerts (n=27), followed by Texas (n=26) and California (n=18); and 5) 65 percent of the alerts were for family abductions (FA), 25 percent for non-family abductions (NFA), 8 percent were lost, injured, or missing (LIM), and 1 percent were endangered runaway (ERU). This report presents data on AMBER-Alerts issued law enforcement agencies during calendar year 2009. The report analyzes alert cases according to the case type for which the AMBER Alert was issued, not by case type at the time the child is recovered. Based on new information at the time of recovery, law enforcement officials may determine that a case should be re-categorized, for example from an NFA to an ERU. The AMBER-Alert program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and transportation agencies to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child. Figures and tables
Date Created: December 3, 2019