A missing Mississippi child was recenlty recovered safely in North Carolina following an Amber Alert activated this weekend. It may be what prompted WITN-7 News in eastern Carolina to recently run a story under this banner headline touting the need for the system.
“Statistics Of Missing Persons Proves The Need For The Amber Alert System”
- “There are only about 115 kids a year who become Adam Walsh-type stories, or stories like Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby, in Missouri”
- According to the NCMEC AMBER Plan Statistics Successful Recoveries… 336
Note: Of the 115 children mentioned above, approximately 40% are murdered or never recovered which is significant. The vast majority of missing children cases never involve the activation of an Amber Alert. Most states will not issue one in cases where the child has runaway or if the parents are involved in a custodial dispute.
The Amber Alert has been available in most States since 2002. There have been on average less than 60 alerts per year nationwide possibly less since one alert may cover multiple children.