This is an evolving story and CBS19 will update this article as more information becomes available.
OVERTON, Texas—A AMBER alarm originally issued to a young boy who was reportedly abducted in Overton, was canceled after the child was found safe.
Officials tell CBS19 the child was found in Colorado City, Texas, east of Abilene. The deputies are on their way to get the child.
Prior to the localization, the child was last seen on Sunday, November 20 at around 11 a.m. in the 23400 block of FM 838. He wore a gray jumpsuit and black and white tennis shoes.
Details on the suspect, identified as Pamela Medlock, 59, are not available at this time, but CBS19 will update this article once more information becomes available.
The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said the child initially left the home Sunday afternoon with Medlock, who is described as a family friend, so she could get him a toy for his birthday. Since then, the family has not seen the child and Medlock. The SCSO says they were made aware of the missing child around 3 a.m. Monday morning.
The SCSO says Medlock does not have a fixed address, but frequents the Overton and Kilgore areas. She’s also a regular at the Valero convenience store in Overton, the SCSO said. Authorities tell CBS19 that Medlock may have mental health issues and a history of drug use.
Officers were looking for the suspect’s dark green 2007 Jeep Wrangler with a spare tire on the back and Texas license plate: RVZ5847.
According to the SCSO, the child and Medlock were caught on camera Sunday at the Wal-Mart on Troup Hwy. at Tyler. They are seen walking through the front door at 2:41 p.m. A photo of her vehicle was also taken in the same Wal-Mart parking lot.
The jeep was later spotted in Kaufman County around 5 p.m. Sunday, according to police.
The popular response to the 1996 kidnapping and death of Arlington resident Amber Hagerman, 9, prompted local media and law enforcement agencies to establish the nation’s first AMBER Alert program in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
AMBER Alerts inform the public of serious child abductions to disseminate leads and leads for law enforcement.
In memory of Hagerman’s tragic death, the letters of her name can be seen in the title of the programme, AAmericas MIssing: Bsignpost EEmergency RAnswer (AMBER).
In 2002, Gov. Rick Perry established the state’s AMBER Alert network under Executive Order RP-16, which was later codified by legislation in 2003 and became the model for subsequent Silver, Blue, and Vulnerable Missing Persons Alert programs.
The following information represents the AMBER Alert criteria for the government network:
- Is this child 17 years of age or younger, whose whereabouts are unknown and whose disappearance has been determined by law enforcement to be involuntary, posing a credible threat to the safety and health of the child; and if abducted by a parent or legal guardian, was the abduction in the course of attempted murder or murder?
- Is this child 13 years of age or younger who was removed (voluntarily or involuntarily) from the care of a parent or legal guardian without permission by: (A) Someone who is not related and is more than three years older; or (b) another parent or legal guardian who attempted or committed murder at the time of the abduction?
- Is this child in imminent danger of sexual assault, death, or serious physical harm?
- Has a preliminary investigation confirmed the abduction and eliminated alternative explanations for the child’s disappearance?
- Is there enough information that can be released to the public to locate the child, a suspect, or the vehicle used in the kidnapping?
To view other active AMBER alerts, click here.
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