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Alerts & Missing Persons

Missing & Unidentified
Persons Unit

The Missing & Unidentified Persons Unit (MUPU) assists law enforcement agencies and parents in locating missing persons. The following services and resources are provided by the Washington State Patrol MUPU:

A toll-free, 24-hour number to report missing persons:

If you have reported a missing child and need assistance in locating the child, contact MUPU at 1-800-543-5678 or MPU@wsp.wa.gov

Please Note – Local law enforcement must be notified before MUPU can become involved.

Poster distribution and/or research for law enforcement and family members of missing persons:

The Washington State Patrol Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit can assist with poster distribution or research to both law enforcement and family members of missing persons. If you would like our assistance please fill out the Missing Persons Packet with as much information about the missing person as possible and email the form along with a digital photo of the missing person to MPU@wsp.wa.gov and a case manager will contact you for follow up.

Active Alerts 

AMBER Alerts 

  • Overview

    AMBER Alert Plans became a nationwide initiative after the 1996 abduction of Amber Hagerman in Arlington Texas. At the time of her abduction a description of her abductor and the vehicle she was taken in was available and quickly disseminated to law enforcement, however, a systematic process to involve and advise the public was not in place. The letters in Amber’s name are used as the acronym “America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response” in order to never forget Amber and our pledge to bring all abducted children home safely.

    The Washington State AMBER Alert Plan was authorized by RCW in 2003 with the Washington State Patrol designated as the lead agency. The Chief of the Washington State Patrol is the State AMBER Alert Manager and has final decision making authority over all aspects of the Statewide Plan. The AMBER Alert Advisory Committee is composed of multiple stakeholder groups that include: Washington Department of Transportation, Washington Association of Broadcasters, Washington State Association of Sheriffs and Police Chief’s and the Washington State Department of Emergency Management. The Chair of the Committee is the Washington State AMBER Alert Coordinator who is a representative of the State Patrol and the Chief. All final decisions regarding the State Plan are made by the Advisory Committee.

  • Criteria

    1. Children 17 and under who are known to have been abducted and not a runaway or throw away.

    2. In danger of serious bodily injury or death.

    3. Activation should occur within 4 hours of the event unless not reported to law enforcement within that time frame.

    4. Enough descriptive information available to give to the public to assist in the recovery of the child.

    5. Reported to and investigated by law enforcement

  • Distribution

    • Email through subscriber list

    • Fax – contact AMBER Alert Coordinator to subscribe

    • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) – cell phone alerts ONLY if vehicle information available

    • Emergency Alert System (EAS) – interruption of television and radio – handled by WA State Department of Emergency Management

    • Department of Transportation Highway Signs – ONLY if there is vehicle information available

    • WSP Twitter and Facebook Pages

Endangered Missing Persons Advisory

  • Overview

    The Washington State Endangered Missing Persons Advisory (EMPA) Plan was incorporated into the Revised Code of Washington under section 13.60.050 in June 2010. Originally intended as an alternative to the AMBER Alert Plan, the EMPA covers many different types of endangered missing person incidents. The formal plan allows for a law enforcement agency to get information out about a person who is believed to be in danger and not able to return to safety on their own. The EMPA assists in disseminating information about a person to the media, public, and local law enforcement agencies with the goal of a safe return as quickly as possible.

  • Criteria

    1. Person of any age who is missing and in danger because of age, physical or mental health, severe weather conditions and not able to return to safety without assistance.

    2. Enough information available to assist in the recovery of the missing person

    3. Reported to and investigated by law enforcement

  • Distribution

    • Email through subscriber list

    • Fax – Contact AMBER Alert Coordinator to subscribe

    • Department of Transportation Highway Signs – ONLY if there is vehicle information available

    • WSP Twitter and Facebook Pages

Silver Alerts

  • Overview

    Silver Alerts are similar to Endangered Missing Persons Advisories excpet the missing person is 60 years or older.

  • Criteria

    1. Person of any age who is missing and in danger because of age, physical or mental health, severe weather conditions and not able to return to safety without assistance.

    2. Enough information available to assist in the recovery of the missing person

    3. Reported to and investigated by law enforcement

  • Distribution

    • Email through subscriber list

    • Fax – Contact AMBER Alert Coordinator to subscribe

    • Department of Transportation Highway Signs – ONLY if there is vehicle information available

    • WSP Twitter and Facebook Pages

Contact

Washington State AMBER Alert Coordinator Carri Gordon at carri.gordon@wsp.wa.gov or amberalerts@wsp.wa.gov