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The Birth of the Amber Alert

An Amber Alert is a child abduction alert system which originated in the United States in 1996. It was named after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman. In the afternoon of 13 January, 1996, Amber and her 5-year-old brother, Ricky, were riding their bicycles in Arlington, Texas, when Ricky started to cycle back home. Moments later, as Amber was alone, a mysterious man jumped out of his pickup truck and grabbed Amber. A nearby neighbour and Ricky witnessed the commotion; the neighbour immediately called the police while Ricky sped home to alert his parents.

The neighbour described the kidnapper as being white or Hispanic and described the truck as being dark. It was theorised that the assailant was an opportunist as opposed to somebody who knew Amber. An investigation of the area was unfruitful. However, four days later, the naked body of Amber was discovered at the bottom of a creek bed near where she had been kidnapped. An autopsy determined that Amber had been held captive for a couple of days; she had been sexually assaulted over those few days. The killer then slashed her throat and discarded of her like a piece of trash.

The tragic kidnapping and murder of Amber, which still remains unsolved, went on to inspire the creation of the Amber Alert which has gone on to save hundreds of children. Sadly one of those could not be Amber.

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12-year-old black girl missing, but there’s no amber alert, I just feel like if this was a white person, there would be more alarm about it.

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Help bring Elizabeth Thomas home

Columbia, TN

Elizabeth Thomas, 15, has been missing since Monday (March 13) when her friend dropped her off at a Shoney’s Diner in Columbia, Tennessee.

Thomas, who is considered endangered, is believed to be with Tad Cummins, a 50-year-old ex-teacher, who is accused of abusing his position to groom and lure the girl, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Since then, several AMBER Alerts have been issued in Tennessee and Alabama.

Information obtained by investigators and law enforcement through tips have last placed Cummins in Decatur, Alabama, on Monday. Since then, however, no confirmed sightings have been reported, and investigators haven’t developed any solid leads on finding Thomas and Cummins. Over 100 tips and sightings have been reported and called in, although none credible. 

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Recent photos of Cummins and the car he is believed to be driving

While they cannot release specifics at the time, the TBI’s efforts have revealed a troubling pattern of behavior by Cummins, suggesting the 50-year-old may have been abusing his role as educator to groom this vulnerable young girl for some time in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her. Cummins is wanted on a warrant for sex with Thomas as she is a minor.

Cummins officially was fired by the school system Tuesday. Investigators have said Cummins secured a $4,500 loan for a personal vehicle several days before his disappearance. 

Cummins is believed to be armed with two pistols and driving a silver Nissan Rogue. The vehicle may have Tennessee license plate 976-ZPT. Cummins is a Caucasian male, with brown hair and eyes. He is around 6 feet and weighs about 200 pounds.

Thomas is Caucasian with blonde hair and hazel eyes. She is 5 feet 5 inches and weighs 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings. She also has glasses, although may not be wearing them.

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Anyone with information about Thomas or Cummins should call 1-800-TBI-FIND. If you spot the vehicle and can verify the license plate to be TN 976-ZPT, call 911.

I know to some of you this may seem like “slacktivism”, but sharing these photos and information could legitimately help get the word out, especially in the Alabama/Tennessee/Mississippi region, and it increases the amount of vigilant people. 

Honestly, I can’t understand the utter heartlessness of some people complaining about receiving an amber alert last night. I’m disgusted.

The safety of children is the responsibility of society. If you want to live in a “safe” society the sacrifice of some time, even in the middle of the night, to help a child is a small price to pay for the wellbeing or even life of a child, even if you don’t know them.

When I was four years old, I was dropped off at the wrong bus stop, and left behind by myself. I got lucky because a kind elderly woman found me crying and called the police. Meanwhile, my mother was scared to death because the bus driver denied ever seeing me that day. I could have ended up going with the wrong person, and no one would have ever known. An amber alert would have been my only chance to alert my community that I needed help, that my life was on the line.

So, even if you don’t have children in your life, I’m sure you were a child once. Is your life worth a short interruption? Are you important? Would someone miss you?

If the answer is yes, then no one else’s life is worth less than yours. Unfortunately, I don’t see abduction or murder ending soon. As long as heinous crimes exist, children will need protection. So, either thwart every crime against a child in Canada, or shut up and accept the fact that amber alerts are necessary.

Amber alerts are the price we pay to tell children, especially those who are vulnerable or in danger, that they matter and that we will be looking out for them.

If you’re heartless enough to disagree, I hope you never know the horror of requiring an amber alert, because I guarantee it will change your mind when you’re on the other side of that alarm.

An Amber Alert has been issued for 13 year-old Jayme Closs, who vanished after her parents were shot to death in their Barron, Wisconsin home on October 15th, 2018.

That morning, a 911 call came from the Closs household shortly before 1am. No person actually spoke to the dispatcher, however the dispatcher heard a disturbance and what sounded like a person calling for help. Police officers went to the home and found the bodies of 56 year-old James Closs and 46 year-old Denise Closs. The married couple had been shot to death. Their 13 year-old daughter, Jayme, was nowhere to be found. She was reported as missing shortly thereafter.

Investigators have stated that Jayme is not a suspect in the murder of her parents. They have determined that she was, in fact, inside the residence at the time the shootings occurred and it is now believed that she was abducted by the murderer(s). Investigators believe that Jayme is currently in danger and they are asking the public to be on the look out for her.

At this time, the motive of the murders/kidnapping is unclear. The front door of the Closs’ home had been shot in and James’ body was found right by it. The gun was not found on the scene. Police have stated that they do not have evidence that Jayme had a boyfriend who could’ve been involved. 

Jayme is 5 feet tall, weighs 100 pounds and has green eyes and blond or strawberry blond hair. If you have any information about her/the death of her parents, please call the tip line at 1-855-744-3879.

Over 40 years have passed since 5-year-old Cynthia Lynn Sumpter disappeared without a trace. Nevertheless, her mother, Linda Haynes, has never given up hope that she will be found alive and well. “I pray every day that God will bring her back into my life sometime here on Earth, not just in heaven, that I can hold her one more time, tell her how much I love her,” she said. Following the disappearance, Linda never went on to have any more children out of fear. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her. I’d like to think that maybe I’m a grandma by now,” she said.

Cynthia was described as a boisterous and intelligent little girl who was excelling in school. She loved music and her favourite song was “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” by B.J. Thomas. It was the 27th of April, 1974, when Cynthia was last seen playing outside her San Jose apartment complex at 990 Elm Street near where Interstate 880 goes under The Alameda. She was wearing a red and white striped sleeveless shirt with a blue star on the front and purple pants - she was barefoot. Linda had gone to get sandwiches for lunch from Togo’s and asked a neighbour to stay in her apartment in case Cynthia came home.

When Cynthia didn’t come home, Linda searched the streets for around 30 minutes and called her parents to see if they had seen her. Unsuccessful, Linda called police. A 50 member task force was assembled in a bid to find the young girl. An all-points bulletin was put out for Cynthia and searchers canvassed the neighbourhood. Officers on horseback with sniffer dogs combed the area. Everybody within a two block vicinity of he area was interviewed and re-interviewed. Several neighbours said they saw Cynthia in a blue car with a young man with blonde hair and a moustache.

One suspect was a former friend of Linda, Rene Garcia Torrez, who had pleaded to child molestation charges in October of 1974. These charges were the result of allegations that he had fondled Cynthia less than a month before her disappearance. He had been released from jail the day before Cynthia disappeared. Nevertheless, Torrez provided and alibi and was ultimately dropped as a suspect. Linda was so sure that her ex-friend was guilty that she considered murdering him.

Another suspect in the disappearance was neighbour, Antonio Madrid. Two days after the disappearance, Madrid slit his own throat with a razor. At around the time of the disappearance, Madrid was spotted carrying a stroller box that looked as though something was stuffed inside in. There were bloodstains on a t-shirt found in his home and blonde hairs were found in his car. Despite the coincidences, no solid evidence could ever tie him to the disappearance. His mother was adamant he wasn’t involved in Cynthia’s disappearance and had committed suicide due to relationship problems.

Despite the extensive search and the thousands of missing person fliers distributed, Cynthia was never found. At one point, a $4,000 reward was offered for information that could lead to a solution but no solution ever came. Linda had recurring nightmares about her daughter. “I had one dream that I just couldn’t get rid of. I could always see a bush and I would just see her from the knees down. It was a dream that I kept on seeing over and over. It was the fear that she was dead,” she recalled. The disappearance remains the San Jose Police Department’s oldest missing persons case. The case eventually went cold and the last tip was received in the mid-80s.

6-year-old Brittney Beers from Sturgis, Michigan, lived with her mother, Tina Stetler and her uncle, James Allen Beers in Village Manor Apartments. She attended Fawn River School and loved art and playing outside. Her half-sister, Dixie, described her as being “very shy” and “so scared and skittish about talking to strangers.”

On the evening of the 16th of September, 1997, Brittney was playing outside the apartment. She was wearing a white tank top with a floral print, pink tie-dye shorts and white sneakers. At around 8:30PM, her mother went to run errands, leaving Brittney playing on her bicycle outside. Just 5 minutes later, Brittney’s half-brother spotted her sitting on a bench out the front of the apartments. She appeared to be speaking to a man sitting in a red or brown car. This was the last time anybody ever saw Brittney. She was reported missing at 10:30PM.

Talk of the family started to wend through the streets and neighbours spoke of neglect and abuse in the household. Brittney was often playing outside on her own and once told a neighbour that her mother would lock her out of the house if she was bad. Then in 1998, Brittney’s brother and sister were removed from the home. Their father, Raymond Beers, his brother, and the father of Brittney’s half-brother, Kevin Folsom, were allegedly abusing the children. Folsom would later be charged with molesting Brittany but was released in 2008.

Over the forthcoming years, police investigated over a thousand leads. Nevertheless, Brittney has never been seen or heard from since.

usatoday.com
Where are they? Outrage over perceived increase in missing black, Latina girls in D.C.
Black lawmakers are calling on the FBI to investigate whether there is an increase in cases of missing black children and teens in the nation's capital.

Unfortunately there isn’t an increase in missing girls of color (which means this is NORMAL!) And missing black girls are usually classified as runaways which means no Amber Alert! Anyone else seeing an issue here???

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Can we just acknowledge how both Cryus AND BUFFY were BOTH crying?! Like, they were both so emotional. I find it so moving that Buffy was just as much emotional as a Cyrus, making him feel like he isn’t alone. She was so happy for him. He was so happy for himSELF. She cut him off, saying he is going to be fine. She was just DONT WORRY, ILL PROTECT MY CUTE CHILD. It was great.

“We had a big discussion whether to raise him in Africa or move to the states.  We both grew up in Ghana.  But I got my PhD in West Virginia, so moving to America was an option.  The job opportunities would certainly be better there.  Both of us are professors, and you’d probably laugh if you knew what we got paid here.  Healthcare would be better too.  You don’t hear of people dying in America because they can’t find an open hospital bed.  But despite these things, we decided to raise our son here.  Because he’d never have to think about the color of his skin.  We never have to explain what it means to be black.  Or the rules of being black.  One day in West Virginia I got an Amber Alert on my phone.  All it said was: ‘tall black male.’  I was the only one in sight so I nearly panicked.  Then another day I was walking back to my dormitory.  I’d just finished teaching a course.  Someone drove by in a red truck, threw a hamburger at my head, and called me the ‘N Word.’  It was 3 o’clock in the afternoon.  I don’t want to explain that stuff to my child.  It’s exhausting to be conscious of your skin all the time.  You either become militant or you become defeated.  And I understand why it happens, but extremes of anything aren’t good.”  
(Accra, Ghana)

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Posting this because some people annoy me.

Heres the story: last night. an amber alert went off all across Canada for a missing young girl. Sadly, it ended in tragedy, Her own father murdered her. It’s was her 11th birthday.

A family has been ripped apart and people are calling 911 to complain because they amber alert woke em up. This world is getting to be more sad by the day. God for bid if this was to happen to one y’alls kids, y’all would be singing a different tune. People complain when there is no amber alert issued, people complain when there is one.

RIP little angel. 🖤

🚨🚨🚨🚨AMBER ALERT 🚨🚨🚨🚨

Amber Alert for Alabama, Tennessee, and surrounding states!

Elizabeth Thomas(15) last seen March 13, 2017 wearing flannel shirt and black leggings is believed to be with suspect
Tad Cummins, Elizabeth is 5 feet 5 inches and has blonde hair and hazel eyes, suspect Cummins(50) is 6 feet and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Believed to be traveling in a Nissan Rouge, silver. Tennessee license plate number is #976ZPT.

If you have any information regarding this please call 800-824-3463 (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

If you are in any of the near states to Tennessee and Alabama, please please reblog this! Let’s bring this girl home safe.

It has been six days since Jayme Closs’s parents were murdered in their house. It has been six days with no answers about where Jayme is. They believe Jayme was home at the time that her parents were murdered and believe she is in danger. Please keep reblogging her photo and her case. Do not stop until she has been found. Jayme’s family and her community deserve to know what happened to her and her family. 


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Authorities say they have received over a thousand tips, and have thoroughly investigated more than 800 of them, in the desperate search for 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who is believed to be in danger.

“We are using every resource available and have conducted hundreds of interviews, multiple searches, and are using the technical and forensic expertise of our state and federal resources to locate the person or persons who committed this offense and to locate Jayme,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a statement Saturday, which marks the sixth day since Jayme vanished.

Investigators believe Jayme was abducted early Monday morning after her parents, James and Denise Closs, were shot dead in their home in Barron, Wisconsin.

Someone called 911 from Denise Closs’ cellphone that morning just before 1 a.m. local time, and the 911 dispatcher heard “a lot of yelling,” according to records from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department obtained by ABC News. The dispatcher called the number back but was unable to leave a voicemail.More attempts were made, and the phone went unanswered. Authorities also tried calling the home’s landline but it was disconnected, records show.When authorities responded to the home minutes later, they found the front door kicked in and the couple had been shot to death.Their daughter, Jayme, was believed to be home when they were killed but had been abducted by the time authorities arrived.“An entire state has been racked with Jayme’s disappearance, and the death of her parents,” Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a statement Thursday.

An Amber Alert has been issued for Jayme. Anyone with information is asked to call the tip line at 1-855-744-3879.

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