Originally Posted by Lorie D.
Last night the 15 year-old-daughter of one of my friends and another girl didn't come home after going out of town with a group of friends. This morning an Amber Alert was issued for the girls, which had everyone at work really worried and thinking something really bad might have happened. I don't know any of the details, but several hours after the Amber Alert was issued, the girls were found and are now safely back at home, and I'm sure their parents are extremely relieved.
I wanted to get some comments and opinions on Amber Alerts.
I think it's a very good thing. I still remember that not long after it began in California, a state worker spotted the license plate of the man who had abducted those two teenage girls from a 'lover's lane', right before he pulled off the road into an isolated area where the police suspect he was planning to murder them. I think it's a vast improvement over the longstanding attitude by many that if an older child disappears, and the parent(s) cannot locate them, that they probably just ran away.
If people recall the murder of Danielle Van Damm in Southern California last year -she was an eight year old taken from her bedroom during the night, for which a neighbor named David Westerfield was ultimately convicted, there was an amazing moment during her trial regarding the Amber Alert. His lawyer had been asking for the jury to be sequestered, and on the day those 2 teens were abducted and the Amber Alert was issued, the lawyer got up and started decrying the alert, saying that the jurors would somehow be influenced by the attempt to find these 2 young girls as they drove to the courthouse, further biasing them against his client. While he was of course doing his due diligence to defend his client and establish a record for the eventual appeal, I was shocked that he chose that as an example.