Fort Worth Police To Review Amber Alert Process

Alan Scaia
May 22, 2019 - 9:45 am
Fort Worth Police Department

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FORT WORTH (KRLD) - Fort Worth police say they will review the way they respond to kidnappings as a result of the case in Ryan Place last weekend.​ The girl was found safe about eight hours after she was abducted, and the suspect was arrested.

Fort Worth police the first call about the kidnapping was received at 6:37 p.m. Saturday. They say the department's Major Case Unit emailed the Amber Alert notification to DPS in Austin at 9:14; DPS then sends the information to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Joint Crime Information Center.

DPS was seeking additional information. Fort Worth police say DPS would broadcast the Amber Alert at 6 a.m. with whatever information was available.

The girl was found about 2:30 Sunday morning when a church pastor spotted the suspect's car and called police.

Fort Worth police also must fax information to local media outlets. They say detectives at the command post were having trouble with the fax machine available at the scene, and that fax was never sent.

They say they will now email information to the police department's communications division which has the equipment to send faxes.

Fort Worth police say they will also recommend changes to bring the notification system up to "modern standards."

"The Fort Worth Police Department is committed to the safety and well-being of our citizens. We are extremely thankful for the successful recovery of the missing child and the apprehension of the suspect who kidnapped her. Going forward, we will be reviewing the overall response to this incident to ensure we have the best policies in place for a successful outcome in the future," the department wrote in a statement.