National AMBER Alert Awarness Day is Sunday

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Greensboro, NC -- Etan Patz, Adam Walsh, Amber Hagerman are all children who were kidnapped. Etan was never found but Adam and Amber were both found dead.

With Amber's death in 1996, America had had enough and the program we know as AMBER Alert was created.

Now, we can be instantly alerted of a child's disappearance through our TVs, cell phones, computers and electronic billboards.

Sunday was National AMBER Alert Awareness Day and parents say the program gives them a peace of mind.

"My son is my world and always will be," said Tonya McManus, parent. "It's a heartwarming feeling knowing I'm not the only one looking for my son, I have people on my side that want to find him just as bad as me."

"It would be whole lot better, potentially hundreds, thousands of people, looking for my daughter rather than just one or two," explained Forrest Moss, parent.

In North Carolina, police say they have a 100% recovery or locate rate within their Amber Alert Program which began in 2002.

With the kidnapping and murder of Adam Walsh in 1981 came legislation that created the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and a toll-free hotline to receive reports and sightings of missing children.

That hotline and investigative work were all police had to help find missing children until the AMBER Alert system was established.

The program honors Amber Hagerman. AMBER stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response.

By 2005, all 50 states had their own programs and to date, more than 500 children have been recovered or located thanks to Amber Alert.

WFMY News 2

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