Three days after going missing from her house, 14-year-old Kaytlynn Cargill’s body was found in a garbage landfill in Texas on Thursday, and police believed she was murdered. Cargill’s parents reported her missing soon after she disappeared, reports said.
At the time however, the police did not issue an Amber Alert for Cargill as they believed she was in no danger and there was no reason to suspect foul play in her disappearance. Police said they made that decision based on interviews with Cargill’s friends.
Many however still asked why an alert was not issued for the girl following her disappearance.
“That was my first thought, ‘Why haven’t they issued an Amber Alert? Why hasn’t my phone gone off?'” said Summer Weaver, a Bedford mother of four children. Weaver argued if her kids went missing, she would want every resource available. “Every parent of a missing child and every missing child deserves that kind of exposure,” Weaver added.
Although Bedford Police Chief Jeff Gibson defended the department’s decision of not issuing an Amber Alert for Cargill by saying her case did not meet the requirements for an Amber Alert, social media users are expressing their dissatisfaction over the decision of authorities.
Even on the Facebook post of the Bedford Police Department where its press release confirmed the murder of Cargill, people commented asking the department why it did not issue an Amber Alert for the missing teen.
There have been multiple instances in the U.S. where a child went missing but law enforcement officials did not issue an Amber Alert due to the case meeting the requirements. There were also others in which an alert was issued, but not instantly, reports said.
In January, a six-year-old boy went missing, after having walked away from his home in south Aurora. However, an Amber Alert was not issued for the next 48 hours as there was no evidence he…