Earlier this month, Zachary Wolfe-Wagner was allegedly murdered by his father, who then killed himself. His mother, Missy Horky, wonders why an Amber Alert was never issued.
“….I just want something to be changed so this doesn’t happen to somebody else,” said Horky.The sheriff said non-custodial parent kidnappings are common. This case started out like any other.In Wisconsin, you have to wait 12 hours before it’s a crime. Horky thinks that, and the AMBER Alert criteria should be changed….”
- Child must be 17 years of age or younger
- Child must be in danger of serious bodily harm or death.
- Initiating agency must have enough descriptive information about the child, the suspect(s) and/or the suspect vehicle(s) to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help locate the child.
Amber Alert is not to be used for runaways or family abductions unless the child’s life is in danger.
The Amber Alert plan is for the safe recovery of missing children that a law enforcement agency believes have been abducted and are in danger of serious bodily harm or death. Strict adherence to the criteria is essential in order to prevent the Amber Alert plan from losing credibility and possibly becoming less effective.