PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- A Portsmouth teenager has fortunately been found alive and a suspect in her disappearance is in custody after an Amber Alert was issued Wednesday.
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According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 61,000 children go missing every year.
In order for an Amber Alert to be issued, three items of criteria must be met.
First, law enforcement must confirm that a child has been abducted. Second, the child must be in danger of serious bodily harm or death. Lastly, there must be sufficient descriptive information about the child and the abductor and/or the abductor's vehicle.
In the case of the 13-year-old in Portsmouth, police said a landscaper provided them with ample descriptions of both the victim and the suspect, which allowed for them to first issue an Amber Alert and then successfully track them down.
The Amber Alert system was created 17 years ago in response to a 9-year-old's fatal abduction. As of July 18, 656 children have been successfully recovered nationwide as a result.
Rhode Island adopted the system back in 2002, and incorporated cell phone alerts in 2007.
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