EUGENE, Ore. — Monday is Amber Alert Awareness Day. The system is the most significant child recovery network in the history of our country, rescuing more than 672 children.
The anniversary of the Amber Alert program sadly remembers the abduction and death of a girl in Texas 18 years ago. The system has since been adopted across the nation. Since its Oregon debut in 2003, the state has had a 100 percent recovery rate.
Oregon activated an Amber Alert 22 times for cases originating here and from other states and 24 children were safely recovered. The busiest year was in 2004 with six alerts and the second busiest year was just last year with four alerts.
The highest profile cases include the Gresham 2 year old abducted on August 7 and the abduction of a 5 year old boy from The Dalles on January 23. Both children were safely recovered.
Oregon State Police credits the 100 percent recovery rate to the public for being so responsive when an alert is activated. Alerts come through phone, emails and text messages.