Amber Rene HagermanAmber Hagerman

Amber was a beautiful, young 10 year old girl that lived in Arlington, TX. She has a younger brother, along with loving parents and grandparents. While Amber and her family were visiting the grandparents who also lived in Arlington, Amber and her brother wanted to ride their bikes their grandparents kept for them. They were told it was okay but to only go around the block. Amber and her brother rounded a few corners when her brother decided to go back because they were only to go around the block. Amber went on to an empty parking lot. When he went home and was asked where Amber was he said I don’t know and went back out to look for her. He came back and stated he could not find his sister. Amber’s grandfather went looking for her and came to the parking lot where cops were already arriving. A witness told police that Amber had been grabbed by a man and shoved into a black tuck. Her bike was still in the parking lot which her grandfather recognized as the one they kept for Amber. A search was conducted immediately. Four days after Amber was taken her body was found, by a man walking his dog, in a creek bed.  Reports say she was alive for two days before Amber was raped and had her throat cut. Amber’s killer would never be found.
Amber’s story would inspire the creation of the Amber Alert System all over the world. Several children have been safely returned due Amber Alerts.

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Amber Rene Hagerman (November 25, 1986 – January 15, 1996) was a young girl who became a victim of an abduction and murder. On January 13, 1996, she was riding her bike near her grandparents' home in Arlington, Texas, and was kidnapped soon thereafter. Her murder would later inspire the creation of the AMBER Alert system.

 

 AbductionOn January 13, 1996, Amber was visiting her grandparents at their home in Arlington, Texas. Her grandparents kept two bicycles for Amber and her younger brother Ricky. The children asked if they could go for a quick ride, and Amber's mother and grandfather said yes but only to go around the block. Amber and Ricky pedaled around two corners, before Ricky stopped and said "I'm going back because Mama said only to go around the block", and Amber carried on riding to the parking lot of an abandoned grocery store. Neighborhood kids enjoyed riding on a ramp there, so Amber rode round a few times, within the view of Jim Kevil. According to Kevil, a white or Hispanic man in a black pickup truck sprinted up to Amber and dragged her into his truck. When Ricky got home, his grandparents and mother asked where Amber was, and he said he didn't know. They told him to go and look for her, and when he returned, he said "I can't find sissy". When Amber's grandfather drove round to the parking lot looking for Amber, the police had arrived, who told him that Kevil had seen a man kidnapping a young girl. Police rushed to the scene, but all they found was a bicycle. Amber's grandfather said "that's my granddaughter's bicycle". Amber was the second child in her family to have been kidnapped. Her father's two-day-old granddaughter was abducted in 1991 and recovered safely 10 hours later.

Arlington police began searching for Amber immediately. Volunteers searched for Amber Hagerman for several days, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated. Four days after her abduction, a man walking his dog found Amber's corpse in a creek bed. An autopsy revealed that her throat had been cut. She had been alive two whole days before being killed. Although a $75,000 reward was offered for information leading to Amber's killer, he was never found. The task force investigating Amber's murder was dissolved in June 1997.

 Additional investigationOn April 20, 2009, a group of college students with Bauder College's Cold Case Investigative Research Institute began a year-long pursuit to solve the case. The volunteers have also reviewed other high-profile cold-cases such as Chandra Levy.

 LegacyWithin days, Hagerman's mother, Donna Whitson (now Donna Norris), was "calling for tougher laws governing sex offenders". Whitson testified in front of the U.S. Congress in June, asking legislators to create a nationwide registry of sex offenders. Representative Martin Frost, the Congressman who represents Whitson's district, proposed an "Amber Hagerman Child Protection Act." Among the sections of the bill was one that would create a national sex offender registry. Both of Hagerman's parents were present when President Bill Clinton signed into law the bill creating the national sex offender register. Whitson and Richard Hagerman then began collecting signatures in Texas, which they planned to present to then-Governor George W. Bush as a sign that people wanted more stringent laws for sex offenders.

 AMBER AlertMain article: AMBER Alert
The first AMBER Alert trial was run in 1996 at KRLD Radio Studio at the Ball Park in Arlington, Texas. In October 2000, the United States House of Representatives adopted H.R. 605 which encouraged communities nationwide to implement the AMBER Plan. In April 2003, President George W. Bush signed the AMBER Alert legislation, making it a national program.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children assists in the implementation of AMBER Alerts.

In 2006, a TV movie, Amber's Story, was broadcast on Lifetime. It stars Elisabeth Röhm and Sophie Hough.

A comic book entitled Amber Hagerman Deserves Justice: A Night Owl Story was issued by Wham Bang Comics in 2009. It tells the story of Amber and the investigation into her murder.

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