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Changes coming to Michigan's Amber Alert system


Starting today, Michigan’s Amber Alert will only be issued for cases of child abductions.

Det/Sgt Sarah Krebs is the Amber Alert coordinator. She says the change is intended to stress the urgency of the alert.

“Unfortunately, when you have a broad set of criteria, you’re going to be putting out more Amber Alerts,” says Krebs. “That’s why we want to reserve it for those really crucial cases, those being children abducted by strangers.”

Missing person cases that don’t meet the revised AMBER Alert criteria will be eligible for a new notification called an Endangered Missing Advisory.    

Those notices will be sent to broadcast and print media in the geographic area where the missing individual with severe mental or physical disabilities may have wandered away and are unable to care for themselves.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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