ABOUT AMBER HAGERMAN
In January 1996, nine-year-old Amber Hagerman was riding
her bicycle on a warm Saturday afternoon when a neighbor
heard the girl scream. The neighbor saw a man pull Amber
off her bike, throw her into the front seat of his pickup
truck, and drive away at a high speed.
The neighbor called police and provided a description
of the suspect and his vehicle, but couldnt recall
much else. Arlington Police and the FBI interviewed
other neighbors and searched for the suspect and vehicle.
Local radio and TV stations covered the story in their
Four days later, Ambers body was found in a drainage
ditch four miles away. Her throat had been cut. Her
kidnapping and murder remain unsolved.
A concerned citizen contacted a Dallas area radio station,
suggesting the idea that Dallas radio stations should
repeat news bulletins about abducted children just like
they do severe weather warnings.
The idea was presented to the Association of Radio
Managers (ARM) composed of general managers of the major
radio stations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The general
managers agreed that such a program would provide an
important public service and might help save the life
of a child.
The Dallas Amber Plan was started in July 1997 to help
safely recover missing children that police believe
have been abducted. Since then, the program has successfully
recovered children and expanded to other cities and
IN MEMORY OF ALL ABDUCTED CHILDREN
Although the Amber Plan is named after Amber Hagerman,
this national program is dedicated to all children nationwide
whove been abducted.
How often does it happen? According to the U.S. Department
of Justice, up to 4600 children are abducted by strangers
every year (about 12 children nationwide every day).
The Amber Plans goal is the safe recovery of
every abducted child.
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