Although there was no certainty for a proven abduction, the French authorities decided to launch an Alerte Enlèvement (AMBER Alert) for a 7-year old girl on April 23rd, 2015. She was cycling on a square nearby her house in Sancy, France, when her mother lost sight on her for a moment. As soon as her mother noticed her daughter was missing, she started searching with her neighbours, but only found the girls’ bike. She immediately called the police.
A few hours after the launch of the AMBER Alert, the 7-year old was found a hundred kilometers from Sancy. The girl knocked on the door of a doctor. “Following the release of the Alerte Enlèvement the doctor immediately recognised the child”, says Yves Le Clair, Prosecutor of Briey.
“I just made tea before I was going to sleep, when I heard someone knocking on my door”, says Marie-Alix Lambert, who found the girl. “The little girl told me that a man told her to call her mother. On the phone, her parents broke down, but they were obvioulsy relieved to hear her voice.”
It appeared that the girl was abducted by an unknown man. Le Clair: “The Alerte Enlèvement could have been the reason the abductor released the child”
The French AMBER Alert was not only spread in France. Information was also disseminated to the neighbouring countries Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. “For us, the border does not exist”, says Le Clair.