A child abduction emergency alert is a message distributed by a child abduction alert system to ask the public for help in finding abducted children.
Amber alerts are usually distributed through commercial and public radio stations, Internet radio, satellite radio stations, television stations. In some countries, alerts are also issued by e-mail, electronic traffic signs, commercial electronic signs, via SMS via wireless device, or via Google or Bing maps. The alert was named after Amber Hagerman, a nine-year-old girl abducted and murdered in 1996.
Amber Rene Hagerman was a young girl abducted while riding her bike with her brother in Arlington, Texas. Her younger brother, Ricky, had gone home without her because Amber had wanted to stay in the parking lot for a while. When he returned to go get her, Ricky found her bicycle without her. Amber’s family, called the news media and the FBI. They and their neighbors began searching for Amber.
Four days after her abduction, near midnight, Amber’s body was discovered in a creek behind an apartment complex. The site of her discovery was less than eight kilometers from where she was abducted. Hagerman’s killer has never been caught.