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1996 Amber Alert

1996 Amber Alert

Nine-year-old Amber Hagerman is abducted while riding her bike not far from her Texas home. She is later found brutally murdered. The outcry over her death prompts creation of the AMBER Alert system.

AMBER stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response. In 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft designates OJP's Assistant Attorney General as National AMBER Alert Coordinator. As of March 2018, 924 abducted children have been rescued and returned thanks to the AMBER Alert warning system.

Learn More: AMBER Alerts Save Lives

Date Created: February 14, 2020