On Sunday, December 3rd, an AMBER Alert was issued for a 15-year-old boy from Schiedam, The Netherlands. The alert has now been cancelled. The boy was found alive due to a tip generated by the AMBER Alert.
The teenager left his house on December 1st and had been missing since. The boy, who is deaf and autistic, was found alive on December 4th.
A Dutch AMBER Alert is an emergency message, issued by the Dutch police when a child is abducted or missing when the police fears the child’s life or health is in danger. The system enables the police to immediately alert all and ask them to be on the lookout for the child in question. When an AMBER Alert is issued, the picture of the AMBER Alert child is instantly visible everywhere: on TVs, highway signs, billboards, signs in buses, and on thousands of websites. Also, over 2,5 million AMBER Alert messages are sent out via SMS, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and Apps, highly increasing the chances of a positive outcome. AMBER Alert Netherlands, responsible for issuing the alerts, is an official member of AMBER Alert Europe. To check for all members of AMBER Alert Europe, please see: http://www.amberalert.eu/Members.aspx.