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Iowa Amber Alert system has been active for 8 years

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Iowa became the 36th state in the nation to have an Amber Alert system March 13, 2003.

The system alerts the public to the abduction of children under the age of 18.  More than a dozen Amber Alerts have been issued in Iowa since it went online.

The most recent Iowa Amber Alert happened in February.  A missing teenager from Essex who authorities thought had been abducted was later found safe with her boyfriend in Red Oak.

Iowa's Amber Alert system was temporarily offline for a short time in late 2010.  Authorities said that a hacker from a foreign site was able to break in and send out an old alert.  The alert was cancelled within minutes.

The only Iowa child not recovered after an Amber Alert was issued was Jetseta Gage.  Roger Bentley is serving a life sentence for her kidnapping and murder.

Amber Alerts are named after Amber Hagerman, a nine-year-old girl who was abducted in Texas in 1996 and later found murdered.

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