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Amber Alert canceled for San Antonio 6-year-old

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SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Sheriff's Office has ended their search for a missing 6-year-old girl.

The 6-year-old was last seen around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday in east San Antonio with her father, Deandre Harrington. An Amber Alert was issued around two hours later.

BCSO says before they made contact with the girl's family, it was reported that Harrington was "experiencing a crisis."

Around 11:30 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety said she was safely dropped off with family. Harrington left the residence before law enforcement arrived.

Amber Alerts in Texas 

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's latest data points to the most Amber Alerts being issued in Texas.
Between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023, 185 Amber Alerts were issued across 36 states. Data from the 2023 Annual Amber Alert Report shows that 26%, or 49 of those alerts, were issued in Texas. North Carolina had the second-most alerts issued — 17 — and Ohio came in third with 13 alerts issued.

The history of the Amber Alert  

The first Amber Alert was issued January 13, 1996 after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was reported missing. The body of the little girl who lived in Arlington, Texas was found four days later in a creek. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shares the story of a woman in the community who called for a public Emergency Alert System. Diane Simone wanted community members to be alerted when there's a child missing so they could help in the search. She requested it be named after Amber Hagerman and hence, Amber's Plan was created in her memory.

RELATED: 28 years later, Arlington Police Department remains dedicated to finding Amber Hagerman's killer    

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