Attorney General Laxalt Makes Missing Children Announcement

December 4, 2015

Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that the nation’s AMBER Alert system has made 10 additional recent recoveries of abducted children, bringing the total recoveries made since the inception of the system to 782 children. The nation’s AMBER Alert system is a cooperative effort comprised of local law enforcement, the nation’s broadcasters, various electronic media and cellular carriers, as well as the Department of Justice, the National Center and the Emergency Alert System.

    Nevada law enforcement and its broadcasters are partners in the AMBER Alert system, along with the Attorney General’s Missing Children’s Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse was established to help reunify families by assisting in the efforts of locating and recovering missing and exploited children. The unit also works to bring awareness to this issue and decrease the risk of child abductions within the state.

      “Nevada has recovered more than 30 children through the AMBER Alert system, and is proud to be a part of this effective response to the national problem of missing children,” said Laxalt. “This system is one of the most important tools in recovering missing, abducted and exploited children, and takes us one step closer to reuniting families. I encourage all parents and caretakers to play a part in recovery efforts afforded by this alert system.”

        Nevada’s parents and caretakers whose child or children have gone missing should conduct a quick search of the immediate area and then notify the police immediately by dialing 911. There is no waiting period to report a missing child. A recent photograph of the child and a description of what he or she was wearing will be helpful in making a recovery. To learn more about the Attorney General’s Missing Children’s Clearinghouse, click here. For more information on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, click here or call the center at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Information on Nevada’s AMBER Alert system may be viewed here. Messages of activations are broadcast by radio and television broadcasters, and by electronic highway signs. Cellular telephone users can sign up to receive alerts when they are broadcast.