An Amber Alert wasn't issued for Autumn Pasquale when she went missing, and this has some people scratching their heads. Of course anytime a child goes missing and an alert of this nature isn't issued it has people asking why, but it must be stated that special criteria must be met before an Amber Alert can be issued in the case of a missing person. In the case of Autumn's disappearance and murder; she clearly didn't reach the required criteria.
This source is among some of the news sources asking why an Amber Alert wasn't issued for the slain 12-year-old New Jersey girl, and like any good news source it shares that Autumn's case simply didn't quality for usage of the system.
The state of New Jersey has a pretty lengthy process for determining whether or not a missing child is eligible for an Amber Alert, and the amount of time used to make a decision like this could also lend to negative outcomes. That is why another alert system should be put in place as a way to push awareness of missing kids to the public where they belong.
Would any type of alert have stopped the brutal murder of Autumn Pasquale? Probably not, because she was allegedly lured to the home of the two teen brothers who are accused of killing her. She wasn't snatched off the street, nor was she witnessed as a victim in a home invasion or any other obvious criminal act. By the time she was even known to be missing, she was dead and disposed of in a recycling bin. An alert would have proven useless in this case.
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