Imagine how you’d feel. You find your 20-year-old daughter in her apartment. Hidden in a plastic bag. Murdered. Your 18-month-old grandson is nowhere to be found. Panic.

On Saturday November 12th, 2016, a 1.5 year old boy was abducted from Freyung, Southern Germany by his 22-year-old father after he killed the little boy’s mother.

Although Germany has no formal AMBER Alert structure in place, the Bavarian Police urged the public to be on the lookout for the missing child (Öffentlichkeitsfahndung). The abduction met the international criteria for an AMBER Alert. The German NGO Initiative Vermisste Kinder and AMBER Alert Europe informed people in Germany. The boy’s photo was disseminated via social media, German telecom providers, large info screens in train stations, metro stations and warehouses.

The German police had strong indications that the child was taken abroad. An international arrest warrant followed. After an extensive investigation by the German and Spanish Police, the man was arrested on November 19th in Lloret de Mar, Spain. The child was found safe and sound.