MEDFORD, Ore. — Before Oregon adopted the Amber Alert System in 2002, Dannielle Trotter’s brother Tommy Kelly disappeared. She knows the agony of searching for a loved one.
“I was just at a loss of what to do. All I knew is that my brother was missing. We’re 13 years apart. All I knew was that my brother was missing,” said Danielle Trotter.
Now senior case manager for the Tommy Foundation, Trotter also works closely with Ask Amber, an organization that aims to improve the Amber Alert. 459 children have been safely recovered in the United States because of the Amber Alert System. Often times local law enforcement are the first to be contacted about a missing child.
“Obviously the most important thing about an Amber Alert or any missing child situation is that we get information out to the public as quickly as possible so that we can recover the child,” said Medford Police Sgt. Kerry Curtis.
An Amber Alert can be issued if the child is considered in danger and descriptions of the child and captor or captor’s vehicle are available.
“Identify the proper criteria and we contact the sheriff’s department and OSP then the Amber Alert is issued from there,” said Sgt. Curtis.
Trotter urges the public to pay attention every time an Amber Alert is issued.
“A person missing is a person missing. It is so important, I can’t stress how important it is to pay attention and look,” said Trotter.
Twenty children have been safely recovered in Oregon since the state adopted the Amber Alert System in 2002. Last year, two Amber Alerts were issued and both lead to a safe recovery of the missing child.