Twenty years ago today  9-year old Amber Hagerman got on her bicycle in Arlington, Texas like any other 9-year old would.  The difference was Amber never made it home. Her body was found a few days later some three miles away in a creek with her throat slashed. The killer has never been found. If anything good can come from a death of a 9 year old this one did. The death of Amber Hagerman has led to the development of what we now know as the Amber Alert System. It is a system whereby the police, the media and transportation departments of states across this country now can be notified instantly of the disappearance of a young child. Police will tell you that the quicker that information gets out the better the chances of finding the missing person.

Amber never got to see her 10th birthday but many children fortunately have thanks to the system named after her.