After the discovery that three women, who were abducted as teens, were imprisoned for a decade in a Cleveland home, the public is asking why no Amber Alerts were issued, particularly in the case of Gina DeJesus, and why. A look the qualifications for an Amber Alert, Gina’s case and two others that didn’t qualify.
Cases prominent in the media of children reported missing in 2011. Since then some of the children have been recovered safely, some confirmed dead, but many are still missing.
An Amber Alert has been issued for Sidney Nicole Randell, 14, of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, who was last seen on late on March 10, 2013, wearing a brown Aeropostale jacket. The prime suspect in her disappearance was found dead two days later. Police fear for her safety.
California teen Diana Zamora Cardenas, 16, was last seen October 29 at her Hanford home with her month-old daughter, Davina Alcala. Police believe Cardenas, with infant in tow, may be on the run with Nicolas “Nico” Alcala, 19. Alcala, Cardenas’ boyfriend and the father of her baby, is wanted in a Fresno County homicide, police say.
Police have issued and Amber Alert in the case of missing child Jessica Ridgeway, who left her home Friday morning, but never made it to school. A backpack and a water bottle believed to belong to the missing girl, 10, were found by an area neighbor.
Gabrielle Swainson, 16, has been missing since August 18, when her mother came home from an overnight shift to find that her daughter, who had been in her pajamas and asleep, was gone. With no sign of the girl, no forced entry, and no leads, police were unable to issue and Amber Alert for the missing teen. Even now police are still piecing together what happened, and Gabbiee is still missing.
The Amber Alert for missing child Eunice Serrato has been cancelled. The girl was found safe at a border crossing with Mexico. They have the men allegedly connected with Serrato’s abduction, Juan Manuel Salazar and his father Juan Salazar Sr., in custody. These men are also persons of interest in a double homicide.