ARLINGTON, Texas (AP/KXAN) — The 1996 slaying of a North Texas girl that led to the Amber Alert notification system to find missing children remains unsolved.
Arlington police on Tuesday repeated their request for tips in finding the killer of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman. Amber’s mother, Donna Williams, also appealed for justice for her daughter.
Wednesday is the 20th anniversary since Amber was abducted while riding her bicycle in Arlington. Her body was found four days later in a drainage ditch. The child’s throat had been cut.
Radio and TV stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area joined forces to broadcast alerts to help find Amber. That led to creation of a voluntary child abduction advisory system nationwide known simply as the Amber Alert.
In order for an Amber Alert to be issued, the child must be in immediate danger, or facing a credible threat. You must be 17-years-old or younger to qualify for an Amber Alert. However, an alert can be issued for a child 13-years-old or younger if the child was taken without consent from a parent or legal guardian.
To prepare for the worst, it is advised that parents have good pictures and as much information as possible to give to police if the unthinkable happens to their child.
Wednesday is National Amber Alert Awareness Day.