ALEXANDRIA, VA (WUSA9) – “The criteria for an AMBER Alert is rarely met,” Troy Turner read aloud a letter he received from the Maryland State Police Superintendent.
The letter explains why the state police did not issue an AMBER Alert for his missing son and daughter, Jacob and Sarah Hoggle.
“What I feel whenever I read that is just anger again,” Turner said.
The outraged father flashes back to late September 2014 when he made a public plea.
“If there’s not people who can work through that gray area, then I’m going to request that Governor [Martin] O’Malley do it. I’m going to ask him to do it for me,” said Turner, three years ago.
He wanted the governor to do what he was not able to accomplish — get the state police to issue an AMBER Alert to bring his missing children home.
“A big part of the frustration was the confusion,” Turner said.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children‘s Robert Lowery said that criteria is key to how the AMBER Alert system works.
“One, it has to be an abduction of a child under the age of 18. Second is that child’s life must be in imminent danger of physical injury or death. And the third criteria: there has to be enough information to share with the public to aid in the recovery, the safe recovery of that child,” Lowery said.
Additionally, information like a description of the abductor, the vehicle and license plate number, are all benchmarks that must meet strict AMBER Alert guidelines.
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Turner was bewildered because he believed the children’s mother, Catherine Hoggle, drove the children away in a vehicle that did meet the standard.