Amber Alert Breakdown - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

02.07.07

Amber Alert Breakdown

Two state agencies still have not come together to avoid repeating an Amber Alert failure in the future.
  

We first uncovered the Amber Alert breakdown immediately after the abduction off Texhoma ten-year-old Marissa Graham.

The Amber Alert from Texhoma was issued by law enforcement ...but local media never received the official notification, even though Texhoma is in the viewing area Newschannel10 serves.

We have been looking into the situation ever since.

Today, NewsChannel 10's Julia Bagg spoke with the FBI about the situation, they say the bureau can't speculate on whether Marissa could have been found faster if the digital message signs in our area had been activated.

But  Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Lisa Block says that if local signs had been alerting Amarillo area drivers there is a chance authorities could have found her sooner. 

 "Yes, I mean the signs on the side of the highway are fantastic tools because they notify the public immediately and it could have made a difference in that case, we just don't know for sure."

Block adds both DPS agencies in Texas and Oklahoma have talked about ways to streamline communication to prevent Amber Alert failures in the future.
  

Right now there's just one digital sign capable of flashing Amber Alerts on 287 between Amarillo and Texhoma, but the Texas Department of Transportation has plans for another  near Rivercrest road. 

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