California Highway Patrol issued an AMBER Alert last night for the two missing children of a woman whose body was found inside a burned-out house in rural eastern San Diego County.
The sheriff’s department says the home in the town of Boulevard is owned by James DiMaggio, who is believed to have killed Christina Anderson and one child. Police are looking for 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and 8-year-old Ethan Anderson. DiMaggio is said to be driving a blue Nissan Versa with California license plate 6WCU986.
Smartphone users across the state got the alert late last night, as part of the Wireless Emergency Alert program, a smartphone version of the Emergency Alert System. Many were startled by the loud buzzing sound and took their reactions to social media:
I’ve been getting these amber alerts every five minutes. It just makes me worry:(
— Janet Lopez (@JanJan615) August 6, 2013
Again: while the Amber Alerts might be startling, opting out is sad. You get plenty of bells and whistles from your phone all the time.
— Calvin Lam (@calvinqlam) August 6, 2013
@TMZ do u know how many children come up missing? Ill never get any rest. No more Amber Alerts! Besides if it happens often people wont care
— Rosetta Stone (@cocoamamacita) August 6, 2013
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis spoke to Jaime Coffee, spokeswoman for California Highway Patrol, who says the AMBER Alerts work.
But Timothy Griffin, assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Nevada, Reno, has studied AMBER Alerts and questions their effectiveness.