Alerts related to Missing Person

Amber Alert:

What are the criteria for issuing an AMBER Alert?

The approval and activation requirements for an AMBER Alert include:

  • Law enforcement believes a child under 18 has been abducted and is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death. 
  • There is sufficient information available to disseminate to the general public which could assist with the safe recovery of the child and/or the apprehension of the suspect.

Endangered Missing Advisory (EMA)

What are the criteria for issuing an EMA?

An EMA can be issued when:

  • The circumstances of the endangered missing person DO NOT meet the AMBER Alert criteria, but the person is missing under suspicious unexplained circumstances or the missing person is believed to be in danger because of age, health, mental or physical disability, environment, weather conditions, or in the company of a potentially dangerous person or some other factor that may expose the person to serious harm or injury.
  • Public information is available that could assist in the safe recovery of the missing person.

Mozelle Senior or Vulnerable Adult Medical Alert

What are the criteria for issuing a Mozelle Senior or Vulnerable Adult Medical Alert?

“Missing senior or vulnerable adult” means a resident of this state who is one of the following:

  • At least 60 years of age and is believed to be incapable of returning to his or her residence without assistance and is reported missing by a person familiar with that individual.
  • A vulnerable adult, as that term is defined in section 145m of the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.145m, who is reported missing by a person familiar with that individual.
  • A person who is missing and suffering from senility or a physical or mental condition that subjects the person or others to personal and immediate danger.

NAMUSNational Missing and Unidentified Person System

Based on the particular circumstances of the incident being reported there are times when the missing person may be entered into the NamUs website.

Core Services of NamUs

  • Nationwide information clearinghouse offering free, secure, easy-to-use, online technology to help expedite case associations and resolutions.
  • Free-of-charge forensic services including forensic odontology and fingerprint examination, as well as forensic anthropology and DNA analyses through the UNT Center for Human Identification laboratories.
  • Investigative support from seasoned staff who provide case consultations and support criminal justice efforts to drive missing and unidentified person case resolutions.
  • Training and outreach from NamUs subject matter experts, including assistance with planning and facilitating Missing Person Day events across the country.



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