Why didn't officials issue an AMBER alert in their search for Ronald Williams?

Ronald Williams

Many of you have been asking why an AMBER alert has not been issued for Ronald Williams, the 9-year-old boy who is missing from his Salina home.

The U.S. Department of Justice has clear guidelines to follow before issuing an AMBER alert.

First of all, it has to be a confirmed abduction. In the case of Ronald Williams, there is no evidence yet that he has been taken, but investigators are looking at all possibilities right now, including looking at the security camera footage from local businesses.

There also has to be a risk of â??serious bodily injury or deathâ??. This risk has to be clear before an alert can be issued. Again, there is no evidence yet that Ronald Williams is at risk of serious bodily injury or death.

If the investigation turns up further evidence, the call on whether or not to issue an AMBER alert will be up to the lead investigator, and is considered the â??best judgmentâ?? approach.

The idea is not to overuse the AMBER alert system, and to only issue one when the evidence supports abduction or the risk of serious bodily harm or death.

Read more about AMBER alert here.