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Amber Alert System Anniversary; Haleigh Cummings Still Not Found

2:53 PM, Apr 13, 2010   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It's been 14 years since Amber Hagerman was abducted and killed in Texas.

Every Jan. 13 since, the Department of Justice remembers her as the inspiration for the nation's Amber Alert system.

Since the system was implemented in Florida in 2000, there have been 149 alerts issued, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said 51 children statewide have been found as a direct result of the Amber Alert system.

The state has a website that lets people sign up to receive Amber Alerts via email or text messages, and so far more than 30,000 people have done so.

"Signing up for Amber Alerts is a small act that has tremendous lifesaving potential," FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey said.  "Time is of the essence in these cases ...Tips from the public often provide the piece of information needed to locate an abducted child."

There is an unsolved Amber Alert in northeast Florida for Haleigh Cummings who disappeared from her Satsuma home in February and has not been found.

First Coast News has complete coverage of the search for Haleigh.

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