Amber Alert frequently asked questions

Amber Alert frequently asked questions

LORAIN, OH (WOIO) - Police say a 2-year-old is in stable condition after being found alive nearly five hours after she went missing in Lorain. Lana Lowther was found in the snow in somebody's front yard at least 10 blocks away from her home.

In the wake of Lana's disappearance Wednesday night, many people have asked why wasn't an Amber Alert issued? So we dug deeper to get you answers.

When is an Amber Alert issued?

The following criteria must be met to initiate an Amber Alert:

  • Law enforcement confirms the child is under 18 years of age.
  • Law enforcement believes the abduction poses a credible threat of immediate danger or serious bodily harm or death to the child.
  • There is sufficient descriptive information about the child, the suspect, and/or the circumstances surrounding the abduction to believe that activation of the alert will help locate the child.
  • A law enforcement agency determines the child is not a runaway and has not been abducted as a result of a family abduction, unless the investigation determines the child is in immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death.

Why wasn't an Amber Alert issued for the missing Lorain toddler?

An Amber Alert was never issued because the child was not abducted or believed to be abducted.

Why aren't Amber Alerts issued for all missing children?

Amber Alerts are only used in the most serious cases that meet the Amber criteria. Overuse of Amber Alert could result in the public becoming desensitized to Alerts when they are issued.

What can you do if your child goes missing?

If your child goes missing you should immediately contact your local law enforcement agency. After you have reported your child missing to law enforcement, call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

For additional information on Amber Alerts click here.

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