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Officials change AMBER Alert criteria

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Many people questioned why an AMBER Alert was not issued in the Evansdale case of Lyric and Elizabeth. Many people questioned why an AMBER Alert was not issued in the Evansdale case of Lyric and Elizabeth.
EVANSDALE (KWWL) -

Officials have slightly modified the criteria needed to issue an AMBER Alert in the state of Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says the change comes after recent AMBER Alert activations within the state prompted a review of the alert criteria.

Authorities cite the "two high-profile kidnapping and murder investigations," the abduction and murder of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins in Evansdale last summer and the abduction and murder of Kathlynn Shepard in Dayton this year.

In the last month, the AMBER Alert Criteria Group met and reviewed the existing four criteria to issue an alert.

After the review, they removed the word "and" from the fourth criteria: "There is enough descriptive information about the child, abductor, and/or suspect's vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help."

Here is the resulting four criteria, which must completely be met to issue an AMBER Alert.

1. Law enforcement confirms a child has been abducted and entry has been made into the IOWA/NCIC Systems identifying the child as missing.

2. The child is under the age of 18.

3. Law enforcement believes the circumstances surrounding the abduction indicate that the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death.

4. There is enough descriptive information about the child, abductor, or suspect's vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help.

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