INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana law changed on July 1, 2018, and now missing endangered children to be included in Indiana Silver Alert criteria. The change defines a missing endangered child as a child who is believed to be incapable of returning home without assistance because of intellectual disability, mental illness or another type of physical or mental disability.

Silver Alert criteria is now as follows:

  1. The person must be a Missing Endangered Adult, Missing Endangered Child, High Risk Missing Person or have a mental impairment validated through a credible medical authority (Physician, Physician’s Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner):
    1. Missing Endangered Adult, I.C. 12-7-2-131.3; or
    2. Missing Endangered Child, I.C. 10-13-5-4.4; or
    3. High Risk Missing Person, I.C. 5-2-17-1
  2. There must be enough descriptive information to believe the broadcast will help.
  3. A request must be recommended by the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction.
  4. Enter the missing endangered adult, and vehicle information (if applicable), into the Indiana Data and Communications System (IDACS) / National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

The criteria for an Amber Alert is as follows:

  1. The child must be under 18 years of age.
  2. The child must be believed to be abducted, AND in danger of serious bodily harm or death.
  3. There must be enough descriptive information to believe the broadcast will help.
  4. Request must be recommended by the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction.
  5. Enter the child into IDACS/NCIC with message key EME.