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Posted at 6:50 PM ET, 02/19/2010

A less-than-informative Amber alert

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Michael DeRose
Arlington

The Feb. 15 article on the Seat Pleasant girl’s abduction said: “Police issued an Amber alert about the incident, breaking into regular television and radio broadcasts and posting a message on state highway signs with a description of the missing girl.”

That surprised me a bit. We did not hear a description of the victim. The alert asked viewers in any of the multiple counties listed (what seemed like the entire Washington viewing area) to be vigilant. Whom were we supposed to be looking for? What type of vehicle? Some might consider that information useful.

I am glad that the child was found, but I’m sure that the alert played no part in the rescue. Let’s hope someone does a better job next time.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | February 19, 2010; 6:50 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, crime  
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