Amber Alerts now available on cell phones - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Amber Alerts now available on cell phones

It is the only Amber Alert case open in Tennessee right now: two-year old Analyce Guerra, last seen at her apartment about a month ago, in Smyrna.

Authorities now want to use your cell phone to help children like Analyce.  If you sign up, you'll get a text message on your phone whenever an Amber Alert goes out.

"The idea is to reach as many people as you possibly can as quickly as you possibly can to utilize their eyes and ears in the event of an abduction in the community," said Sgt. Len Edwards with the Commission of Missing and Exploited Children.

"To sign up for the alerts, all you have to do is call your cell phone company, go to the TN Bureau of Investigation's website. Click on the wireless Amber Alert link, and enter your ten-digit phone number.

In Memphis and Shelby County alone, about 4,000 children run away every year.  98% of them are home within two to three days.  Children are abducted far less often.  Here in the Mid-South, between three and five times a year, but those cases are generally far more dangerous.

"75% of these children that are abducted are severely injured or killed within the first three hours," Edwards said.
    
With the push of a button, now millions of more people can help battle time.

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