Kentucky's Amber Alert System Questioned

The case of the Louisville boy missing then later found dead has raised concerns about Kentucky's Amber Alert System.

Louisville Metro Police tell 27NEWSFIRST they asked for an Amber Alert the day after the boy went missing but it was denied.

Since Kentucky started the Amber Alert system in 2001 there have been 16 alerts issued and there is a 100% retrieval rate so far.
Alerts can not be issued for each and every situation. There is a very specific set of criteria that must be met before an alert is issued.

Officials say for an alert to be issued there must be a known abduction, suspect and vehicle description.

A local agency like Lexington Police Department, for example, has to request an amber alert, but only the Kentucky State Police can actually issue it.

In Cezar "Ivan" Aguilar-Cano, police say they were initially told he wandered off and it was not a known abduction case.

They contacted other police agencies, got photos to the media, and continuously searched for him. Yet state police say while any missing child case is serious, they have to be careful when issuing alerts.

We spoke with Louisville Metro Police and they said they understand why the state wouldn't issue the amber alert and they're not upset with that decision. In fact they say they're very happy with the help the state police provided in the investigation.

Kentucky's Amber Alert system is based on the national system and it too specifies the criteria that must be met before an alert can be issued.

You can go to their website for any current amber alerts and updates at

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