If you received an AMBER Alert on your cell phone a few minutes ago, you can relax a bit. The alert has been cancelled.
The alert was for a 7-month-old girl who police say was taken by a man fleeing police during a traffic stop.
According to the emergency alert, law enforcers were looking for a silver 2013 Chevrolet Malibu with license plate AV65043.
State police issued the alert at around 2 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018) seeking the public’s help in finding Kylee Jones, a 7-month-old black girl with brown eyes and black hair who weighs about 23 pounds and was last seen in a pink jacket and gray jogging suit.
The alert was cancelled at around 2:25 p.m. Media sources say the child was later located in Chicago with a family member. The incident is still under investigation, and no suspect is in custody.
According to the alert, the female driver of the Malibu had picked up a 32-year-old male, black passenger nicknamed “Boopa” this morning and were driving to Madison, WI.
Police detained the Malibu for a traffic stop on westbound Interstate 190 milepost 21.25. The 32-year-old refused to exit the car, jumped into the driver’s seat and fled with Kylee still in the car, police said.
“Boopa does not have any rights to the child,” the alert said. “Troopers were unable to locate the vehicle.”
In the future, if you receive an AMBER Alert message on your phone, you can find details at http://www.missingkids.org/Amber.html.
About the AMBER Alert Program
The AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child.
AMBER Alerts are broadcast through radio, television, road signs and all available technology referred to as the AMBER Alert Secondary Distribution Program. These broadcasts let law enforcement use the eyes and ears of the public to help quickly locate an abducted child. The U.S. Department of Justice coordinates the AMBER Alert program on a national basis.
The AMBER Alert Program was named in honor of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman who was abducted while riding her bicycle in Arlington, TX, and was later found murdered. The program is used in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Learn more about AMBER Alerts at www.amberalert.gov.
Follow your state’s AMBER Alert page on Facebook and receive alerts in your news feed.