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AMBER HAGERMAN: 9-year-old kidnapped and murdered in Arlington, TX - 13 Jan 1996

Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by fran, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Police seek new tips in Amber Hagerman cold case

    ARLINGTON, Texas - Arlington police are looking for new leads in the cold case that led to the creation of the Amber Alert system.

    Wednesday marks 20 years since 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was kidnapped. She was abducted while riding her bike in a grocery store parking lot near E. Abrams Street and Browning Drive on Jan. 13, 1996.

    One witness reported seeing a man in a black truck grab her off her bike and drive away. A man walking his dog found her body in a drainage ditch in north Arlington four days late


    read more .......... http://www.fox4news.com/news/73324907-story
  2. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    The unsolved murder of the girl who inspired Amber Alerts: Police renew vow to find slasher who kidnapped and murdered Amber Hagerman 20 years ago
    • Amber Hagerman, 9, was kidnapped and murdered in Arlington in 1996
    • Twenty years later her family and police are still hunting for justice
    • Amber's death led to creation of Amber Alerts for child abduction cases
    • Since its launch the alerts have saved more than 700 kidnapped children

    Family of Amber Hagerman (pictured in 1996) are
    still hunting for justice 20 years after her murder

    Amber was just nine years old when she was kidnapped while riding her bike in Arlington exactly 20 years ago this week. Her body was later discovered in a ditch.

    The tragedy led to the creation of the Amber Alert system which automatically notifies those closely to a child abduction.

    While the alerts have helped police save hundreds of children and track down their kidnappers, detectives have never been able to solve Amber's murder.

    'My main thing is for everyone to remember Amber, and remember the sacrifice that she had to endure,' said her mom, Donna Williams, who pledge to continue to fight for justice for her daughter.

    Amber and her younger brother had been riding together in a parking lot near their home on January 13, 1996 when she was dragged off her bike and hauled into a black pick up truck.

    That was the last time she was seen alive.

    Four days later police recovered her body from a ditch. Her throat had been slit.

    In the emotional press conference on Tuesday, Amber's brother Ricky Hagerman said he had been in shock after the incident.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...mber-Hagerman-20-years-ago.html#ixzz3x5qITSA7
  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for posting this, fran! Saw some articles earlier this evening.
    So hoping that someone comes forward. Amber's family deserves answers.
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  4. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Amber Hagerman Case Updates

    The Tarrant County Observer is a sister site of The Ellis County Observer, a news Web site/newspaper that has documented and investigated the various connections to the 1996 murder of Amber Hagerman (“Amber Alerts”), specifically that of suspect Bill N. Fry. In the midst of a child pornography and child abuse trafficking network that originated in Ennis, Texas on Feb. 8, 2011, clues to Hagerman’s murder came to light, and led us to Chino Valley, Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona.See more information below:

    read more ............. https://tarrantcountyo.wordpress.com/amber-hagerman-case-updates/

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    One Child's Legacy
    The 19th Anniversary of the First Successful AMBER Alert

    Tragically, her life was abruptly ended, but the legacy she left has saved the lives of hundreds of other children.

    In 1996, 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted while riding her bike in Arlington, Texas and was later found brutally murdered. The AMBER Alert System was established in 1996 and was created as a legacy to Amber Hagerman. AMBER stands for “America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response” and today it is utilized in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    This November, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children celebrates the 19th anniversary of the very first successful AMBER Alert.

    The AMBER Alert Program has continued to be an invaluable resource when it comes to recovering critically missing children.

    “AMBER Alerts are one of the most successful and useful tools that are utilized when it comes to searching for a critically missing child,” says Robert Lowery, vice president of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Missing Children Division. “This technology allows law enforcement to issue an immediate call to action to the public in cases of missing children.”

    As of Oct. 24, 2017, the AMBER Alert Program is credited with the successful recovery of 897 children.

    897 children who were given a second chance, all because of the legacy that one child inspired.

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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    22 years later, Amber Hagerman’s legacy lives on through AMBER Alert

    "I'd just like people to remember why it started, what her legacy is and what kind of person and child she was because she'll always be 9," then-Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said in 2016, the 20-year anniversary of her death. "It's a tough thing we live with, but I'm proud to say something will live on, and she'll always be remembered in some way, shape, or form."

  7. spike

    spike Bronze Member

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    22 years after Amber's death, alert system reminds us to be ever vigilant for our children

    Nearly everyone in America knows what an Amber Alert, also known as a Child Abduction Emergency, is. They stop our hearts — and remind us we must all be vigilant — each time we see or hear one on our cellphones, TVs, radios, digital road signs or social media.

    But too few Americans know that the Amber Alert system was named for Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old Arlington girl abducted on Jan. 13, 1996, while riding bikes with her 5-year-old brother.

    The sole witness to Amber’s abduction, 78-year-old retiree Jim Kevil, promptly reported it to police, saying he saw her being forced, screaming, into a black pickup by an adult male.

    Neighbors, friends and more than 50 police officers and federal agents spent the next four days searching for Amber. On the fifth day, near midnight, her lifeless body was found in a creek 4 miles from the parking lot where she had been abducted. Her throat had been cut. Her family and the entire Dallas-Fort Worth community were heartbroken.

    Amber’s murder remains unsolved. But the grief that overwhelmed our community 22 years ago was channeled in a positive direction. After the slaying, a Dallas mother named Diana Simone suggested to a local radio station that a program be put in place using the Emergency Alert System to notify the public when a child is abducted. If Americans across the country could get early warnings for tornadoes and floods, why not for child kidnappings?

    Today, the Amber Alert system is used in all 50 states, U.S. territories and 22 other countries. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, as of March, 924 children had been successfully recovered through Amber Alerts.

    So, while we give thanks for all those saved in her name, we also hold out hope for a breakthrough in the investigation of Amber Hagerman’s brutal and senseless murder. As we reported two years ago, on the 20th anniversary of her abduction, while the Amber Alert system “may ensure her name won’t be forgotten, like so many other missing or murdered children, her case continues to weigh heavily on detectives and her family.”

    Her mother, Donna Williams, said it best at a January 2016 news conference:

    “Amber desperately needs justice."

  9. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    897!!! WOW!!! Ambers Sacrifice made Her a Guardian Angel. Same with "Adam Walsh" that made " John Walsh" a "Crime Crusader" and saved an UNKNOWN NUMBER of Lives, and Victims, Victims Families. Proof that Something BEAUTIFUL can come from the MOST UGLY, EVIL, DARK places.
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  10. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    This is what happened within hours of implementing the Amber Alert in the State of California.

    Amber Alert Gets Public Involved in the Manhunt

    A system to alert the public about abducted children was used statewide for the first time Thursday, generating emergency broadcasts and messages on 500 electronic freeway signs about the car being driven by the kidnapper of two Antelope Valley teenagers.

    Within hours, the California Child Safety Amber Network was being praised for helping authorities rescue the two girls from Roy Ratliff, the suspected kidnapper who was shot dead by police.

    "I've never seen this much information put out this quickly and broadly about a kidnapping case," said Spike Helmick, commissioner of the California Highway Patrol. "That's what Amber is all about."

    The system piggybacks on an existing emergency alert system for warning the public about storms, power outages and other disasters.

    At about 7 a.m. Thursday, California Department of Transportation message boards on freeways across the state were displaying the license plate number of the suspect's stolen Ford Bronco and a toll-free CHP number for the public to call with information.


    Girl: We Tried to Kill Kidnapper

    The girls are recovering after being rescued from the wanted rapist who held them captive for hours Thursday and was apparently planning to kill them when police moved in.

    Marris added that she and the other captive girl planned their attack on ex-convict Roy Ratliff as he slept, after they noticed a knife and a whiskey bottle in the car.

    Marris said she tried to stab Ratliff in the throat with the knife while the other girl hit him in the head with a whiskey bottle. But he woke up, was able to grab his gun, and regained control of the situatio

    read more ............. https://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=91403&page=1

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