MSP cites internal error resulting in duplicate wireless emergency alerts

Posted at 2:04 PM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 16:30:53-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State Police say an internal error led to a duplicate emergency alert being sent out Wednesday night.

On Wednesday, a Wireless Emergency Alert was sent at 11:44 p.m. regarding a 5-year-old boy who was kidnapped from his home in Paradise, Michigan. A duplicate alert was then sent out at 11:55 p.m.

MSP says an error was made by an employee that resulted in them and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children issuing the identical alerts. Department procedure for Amber Alerts require investigators to coordinate with the NCMEC in cases where the suspect may leave the state.

Some people continued to receive the emergency notifications on Thursday after the Amber Alert was canceled. Authorities said the issue is believed to be with certain cellphones or wireless carriers.