AMBER Alert may only be activated by the Michigan State Police and must be requested by a Michigan Law Enforcement Agency which is actively investigating a case where a child less than 17 years of age, is a victim of abduction, and/or is missing and considered at imminent risk of great bodily harm or death. Imminent risk of great bodily harm or death can only be determined by a trained investigating officer(s) during the course of the preliminary investigation into the missing child incident. A child is considered to be at imminent risk of great bodily harm or death if:
- The child suffers from a severe mental or physical disability that greatly impairs the child's ability to care for his or herself.
- The child is a victim of stranger or acquaintance kidnapping. (MCL 750.349) Stranger kidnapping is defined as a child being taken against his/her will by a stranger. Acquaintance kidnapping is defined as a child being taken against his/her will by an acquaintance of the child or the child's family.
- The child is in the company of a person who has a confirmed criminal history of child abuse/neglect, sexual assault, domestic assault or a crime involving the victimization of children; has made statements of intent to harm the missing child; or is suicidal.
- The child has been abducted by a non-custodial parent whose parental rights have been terminated by the court.
AMBER Alert cannot be activated for a runaway child or a child who is a victim of a parental abduction involved in a civil dispute.
- The average age of a child involved in an AMBER Alert is 7-years-old.
- On average there are 29 AMBER Alerts issued in the state of Michigan every year.
- 40 percent of missing children whose pictures are shown on television are safely recovered.
- 95 percent of drivers listen to the radio while driving. This means hundreds of thousands of eyes and ears will be immediately alerted of a child involved in an active AMBER Alert and can be on the look out in just minutes of the alert being issued.
For more information and statistics about Michigan's missing and abducted children here are some helpful links: