How instrumental was the Amber Alert in finding the abducted 13-year-old last Friday in Parrish, Florida?
Amber Alerts can be a very effective tool to heighten awareness of a missing or abducted child. In this case it appears it was activated according to the Bradenton Herald within 1 1/2 hours after his abduction. While quicker then some, witnesses allegedly reported seeing him being kidnapped at gunpoint and hearing him say he didn’t know his abductor. Was it quick enough?
The Herald Tribune reported Clay Moore was eventually able to escape after being tied to a tree. His abductor was identified by Elias Beltran, his Uncle, after being shown a composite of him. Even the neighbors had no idea of his involvement.
Tim McCree, Kidnap Suspect’s Neighbor:
“They opened the garage and rolled the truck back and the truck had been there the whole time, two doors down. I could have passed him going out to look as he was coming back to his house. If he is out of state, I just pray they catch him. To find out that the person lived two doors down from us, it’s just so ironic. We’re in shock. We can’t believe it.”
There are many cases where an Amber Alert directly resulted in the safe recovery of a child. Based on the Florida criteria it should have been issued and it may assist in the capture of Vicente Ignacio Beltran-Moreno. He is believed to have left the country whuch poses a different question. It is approximately 1360 miles from Parrish, Fl to Laredo, Tx (the closest border crossing point).
Why did authorities delay in releasing his picture?