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Amber Alert Canceled: Father Abducts 2 Children in California

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This is a representation photo showing an iPhone showing an Amber Alert (Photo by Tony Webster via Wikimedia Commons)

A recently-issued amber alert was cancelled by authorities on Sunday as a father reportedly kidnapped two children in California.

The kids were found safe and sound near San Bernardino after an off-duty officer noticed a car that matched the suspect’s property, Fox News said.

Officials identified the victims as Lilianna Acosta, age 6, and Elias Acosta, age 2.

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This is a representation photo showing an Amber Alert highway sign, alerting motorists to a suspected child abduction in Northern California. (Photo by Bob Bobster via WIkimedia Commons)

San Bernardo Sun mentioned that both kids had been kidnapped in Riverside about midnight on Sunday.

CBS News added that Frank Acosta Ortega, the person who is thought to be their father, was brought into prison. 

Reuniting the kids with their mother is expected.

However, officials has yet to release the details regarding how the father abducted the children.

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Amber Alert Canceled: Number of Missing People in United States

USA Today said only a tiny percentage of the hundreds of thousands of kids who are reported missing in the US each year receive an Amber Alert, which broadcasts their information on radio, television, smart phones, and electronic road signs.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reports that 1,127 missing children were found as a result of Amber Alerts between 1996 and December 2022. 131 of those were brought on by the Wireless Emergency Alerts, which have been sent to mobile devices since 2013.

AS, citing National Missing and Unidentified People System of the US Department of Justice, said there are 22,740 missing individuals in the US.

With a few noteworthy exceptions, the most often reported missing persons cases are found in the most populous states. The three states with the most people combined—California (3,213), Texas (2,299), and Florida (1,650)—also have the largest number of missing people. With 1,218 missing people, Alaska comes in fourth, after New York (1,064).

Only regional or state coordinators, who often work for a state police department, and who are following U.S. directives may issue Amber Alerts in practically every state. State statutes and the Justice Department. Usually, the local police make a request for them.

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