Facebook Launches New Amber Alert Software as Harrison Teen Remains Missing

CHATTANOOGA,TN, (WDEF)-Izabella Smith was first reported missing from her Harrison home  just before Christmas and investigators report no leads on her whereabouts.

Now Facebook’s new Amber Alert software launched Tuesday aims to spread information about teens like Smith.

Jake Brown, I.T Consultant, Development Office for TORCH,"When someone would go missing previously its really difficult for us to get handle on that and with these alerts its really easy to make a lot of people all simultaneously aware of what they need to be aware of."

Facebook’s Amber Alerts can also geo-target mobile devices for it’s 180 million users in the US.

Jake Brown, I.T Consultant, Development Office for TORCH, "I think it’s extremely important, the FCC mandates that certain wireless carriers distribute what we call WEA alerts to all mobile phones, these can include presidential alerts, amber alerts and emergency alerts issued by state and federal governments."

Knoxville Police Department were one of the first law enforcement agencies in the state to issue amber alerts for missing persons and they have also welcomed the news that Facebook is now involved.

Knoxville PD, Darrell DeBusq,"If a child is going to be located and returned safely, you have about 60 minutes from the time the abduction occurs, once you pass that 60 minute threshold then the chances of finding that child safely diminishes greatly"

The software was created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with the help of Facebook’s trust and safety team.

If you have information regarding Izabella Smith’s location, contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at 423 622-0022.

For more information:https://www.facebook.com/AMBERalert

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