Endangered Missing Advisories

What is an Endangered Missing Advisory?

An Endangered Missing Advisory (EMA) is a tool available to law enforcement agencies investigating the suspicious disappearance of at-risk missing children or other endangered persons. EMAs provide immediate information to the public to aid in the swift recovery of at-risk persons. EMAs fulfil the federally mandated requirement of the Ashanti Alert Act of 2019.

EMA Activation

There are guidelines for EMA activation; however, not all the following need to be met:

  • Do the circumstances fail to meet other alert criteria?

  • Is the person missing under unexplained or suspicious circumstances?

  • Is the person believed to be in danger because of age, health, mental or physical disability, or the environment or weather conditions; is he or she in the company of a potentially dangerous person; or, is there any other factor that may put the person in peril?

  • Is there information that, if disseminated to the public, could assist the public in the safe recovery of the missing person?

What Should the Public Do?

If you locate a person who has been identified as missing, call 911 immediately to report their location. Be sure to make note of their location, direction of travel, and make, model, color, and license plate number (if possible) of any vehicle involved.


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