How Amber Alerts work in Wisconsin

CREATED Nov 7, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Many of our viewers have asked us why an Amber Alert was not issued in the case of 15-year-old Kathryn Stalbaum, the Waukesha County teen who has been missing since Tuesday morning. 

The short answer is that several criteria have to be met before an Amber Alert is issued. You can read more on this topic by checking out the Amber Alert Wisconsin website.

There are several steps law enforcement must go through before posting an Amber Alert, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • The abduction must be confirmed by law enforcement
  • The child has to be at risk of "serious injury or death"
  • There must be at least a basic description of the child or captor.
  • The child must be under 18 years old.

Since it's not confirmed that Kathryn was abducted, an Amber Alert was not issued in this case.