The Texas Department of Public Safety announced at a press conference the implementation of the CLEAR Alert, or the Coordinated Law Enforcement Adult Rescue Alert. This new alert system will assist law enforcement in locating and rescuing missing adults who may have been kidnapped, abducted or who are in immediate danger of injury or death, as well as aid in locating any potential suspects. The new CLEAR alert covers those that are too old for an AMBER alert, but too young for a SILVER alert.
A CLEAR Alert will be issued by DPS to the public, community partners, media and fellow law enforcement if an adult in Texas goes missing and meets specific criteria, including: between the ages of 18 and 65, is either in imminent danger, location is unknown; and has been missing for less than 72 hours.
“The CLEAR Alert is another tool for law enforcement to leverage in our efforts to help rescue adults who may be in danger and locate suspects when a victim has been abducted,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Eyewitness information from the public has proven to be vital in locating missing persons, and we are confident the CLEAR Alert will help generate leads in these cases and save lives.”
The CLEAR Alert was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in May and goes into effect on Sept. 1, 2019.