Amber Alert criteria explained

RED BLUFF, Calif. - Many of you asked us what the criteria is when it comes to using the Amber alert. So we spoke with the Tehama County CHP to get those answers.

The Tehama County CHP said they are the ones that activate a statewide Amber alert but not until the investigating agency meets the following criteria:

  • There has to be confirmation that an abduction has occurred.
  • The child is 17 years of age or younger or an individual with a mental or physical disability.
  • The child is in danger of serious bodily injury or death.
  • Information is available that if publicized could assist in the safe recovery of the child.

"Generally speaking we wouldn't put an amber alert for a missing child, if putting the information out would interfere with the investigation, the child's whereabouts are possibly known or there's a real good lead and putting that information out is gonna scare off the suspect," said Tehama County CHP Officer Matthew Thompson.

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