Olympia – Around 2:00 p.m. today the Nampa Idaho Police Department requested an AMBER alert issued in Idaho on May 19, 2015, be extended into Washington and Oregon. The Nampa Police Department received information that the suspect was seen in Oregon and had indicated to a witness he was on his way to Seattle. Notification was sent to all Washington State Patrol Communications Centers of the impending alert.
Oregon issued the alert and the information was broadcast to the public over a Portland area radio station and a private citizen in Washington heard the Portland radio broadcast. The citizen called 911 at 2:45 p.m. indicating they were following the vehicle on Interstate 5 northbound at mile post 54.
A State Patrol Sergeant and an officer from the Castle Rock Police Department were in the area and were able to stop the vehicle on Interstate 5 near milepost 58. The suspect was placed into custody and the children were recovered safely.
AMBER Alerts have been attributed to the successful recovery of over 730 children in the United States since the system started in 1999. Getting information to the public is crucial in assisting law enforcement recover abducted children. This is another example of the success of the AMBER Alert system and the critical role of the public in locating children in imminent danger.