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Amber Alerts Expand To Facebook

Today is National Amber Alert Awareness Day.  It is also the 15th anniversary of the kidnapping and murder of Amber Haggerman of Arlington, Texas.  Her abduction is what prompted what is now known as Amber Alert.

"525 children have been recovered as direct result of Amber Alert. It shows it is a program that works," Ernie Allen President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said.

The faster a child is found, the better the chances are they will be alive.  That's why Facebook, the Justice Department and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children teamed up in an effort to get information about missing children to the public as quickly as possible.

Each state has its own Facebook page, you just have to 'like' it to receive alerts in that area. Wichita Falls police Sergeant Joe Snyder said this expansion could save even more kids.

"Not only are we going to provide that information to people who want to receive it, but it creates a kind of viral wave for information about a particular child to spread," Allen said.

If you'd like to sign up for Texas Amber Alerts on Facebook click here.

If you'd like to sign up for Oklahoma Amber Alerts on Facebook click here.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6

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