The Amber Alert

The Amber Alert is named after Amber Hagerman.

Amber Alert Plans may vary slightly from state to state. Visit
to find criteria for your area.

In order to activate the Houston Regional Amber Plan, all five criteria points must be met:

1. The child is 17 years of age or younger.
2. The law enforcement agency believes the missing child has been abducted (unwillingly taken from their environment without permission from the child’s parent or legal guardian or taken by a parent or guardian during an act of murder or attempted murder).
3. The law enforcement agency believes the missing child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death.
4. The law enforcement agency has conducted an investigation that has verified the abduction or ruled out alternative explanations.
5. Sufficient information is available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the child, suspect, or suspect’s vehicle.

Based on the above criteria, the following situations do NOT qualify for Amber Plan activation:

1. Missing child believed to have run away from home
2. Missing child taken by a non-custodial relative in a child custody case
3. Missing adult (age 18 or older)