Safety officials say a new system of sending AMBER alerts to cell phones was a key factor in this week's recovery of a baby abducted in Minneapolis.
The Wireless Emergency Alert system was activated at the start of the year. Wednesday's case in Minneapolis is believed to be the first in the country in which a phone alert led to the recovery of a missing child.
The AMBER alert issued by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension included a description of the suspect's vehicle. 15-year-old Daisy Buenrostro and her father spotted the car and phoned police. Daisy told KARE-11 "I was kind of freaking out inside because I couldn't believe that I actually found the car."
An official with the Department of Public Safety tells KSTP older model cell phones or those without the necessary software will not receive the automatic alerts.
The new alert system is also being used for weather emergencies. Early in the week, many in the Red River Valley were alerted to the approaching blizzard on their phones.
In fact, blizzard alerts even went out to some folks who live far away from any snow. Like Tuscon, Arizona. Oops. Still a few bugs in that new system, apparently.