AMBER Alert Awareness Day

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- January 13 is AMBER Alert Awareness Day.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is marking the day Sunday. It's to remember Amber Hagerman who went missing in Texas and was found dead five days later in 1996. That year, the AMBER Alert system started.

Colorado didn't start using the system until 2002. Since then, 94 alerts in Colorado have been issued.

As of December 2018, 941 abducted children have been recovered because of the AMBER Alert program across the nation.

CBI says the Department of Justice has certain criteria for using sending an AMBER Alert. Those include, the abducted child must be 17 years old or younger, the child must be in immediate danger and there must be enough information available to believe a broadcast will help find them.