The abduction and killing of children made the government think of a way to find them. Nine-year-old Amber Hagerman’s death in 1996 was the main impetus.
That’s when the AMBER alert system was first introduced. The acronym also stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response. Messages with information about the victim and the suspect are sent via e-mail, TV stations, radio stations, and on people’s phones.
Many ignore these messages, but others have provided key information for detecting cases.
A war veteran Steve Adams received a message on his phone that he never thought would help.
The child that got kidnapped was 2-year-old Brooklynne Enix. Her father, Tyler Enix took the child and fled the scene after killing the girl’s mother and his ex-wife Kimberly.
“Bring Brooklynne to someone safe. Take her to someone safe. Take her to a hospital, take her to a fire hall, drop her off with someone safe,” said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch according to WMC5.
This worried him a lot because he knew that he could not do anything for the little child. When he suddenly raised his head from the car in front of him, he saw a small hand on the window.
Steven picked up the phone again and saw that the girl was the same as the one described in the message. The person giving the car looked like Brooklyn’s father and the license plate was Tennessee.
He decided to follow the car even though he wasn’t 100% sure that it was Amber, but he didn’t want to risk losing this opportunity.
He called 911 hoping that the event would have a happy ending. The police located the car and stopped it and took the girl to a safe place.
The police thanked Steven for giving them the information to locate the car. “He kept level-headed, followed it, gave us everything we needed”, County Sheriff Steven R. Brenneman said.
We need more people like him who care about the well-being of others.