Facebook users will soon be able to sign up and receive AMBER Alerts issued in their area via Facebook. The social-networking site is teaming up with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) for the initiative. More details will be provided at a Wednesday press conference in Virginia, which will also commemorate the 15th anniversary of the abduction and murder of Amber Hagerman.
On January 13, 1996, 9-year-old Hagerman was riding her bike in her Arlington, Texas neighborhood. A neighbor heard her scream and saw a man pull her off her bike, throw her into the front seat of his pickup truck, and drive away. Four days later, her body was found in a drainage ditch four miles away. The case remains unsolved.
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