The case of missing Marcus Herrero is another example of the huge gap between missing children and Amber Alerts.
The police considered him a runaway, judging by his past. Now 6 days later the police are rethinking it. They have even come out to say that he may have been abducted. If this turns out to be true, there is six whole days lost, that were critical.
My biggest gripe about this is that the decision is left entirely to the police dept. to make. They make this decision by using their judgement and past experience, but what if their decision is wrong? They also seem to have a cutoff age. Anyone under 12 is concern because they do not find kids runaway at around that age. But, 12, 13, or 14 and above, it is generally believed by law enforcement that it is likely a runaway situation.
Every single child, runaway or not, should have an alert. Amber Alert has it’s specifications, but what is wrong with having another type of alert. An alert that goes out with no particular specification tied to it other than it is a missing child.
We all should know when there is a child missing, and just because they are deemed a “runaway”, it should not be a reason that the public does not know about it.
It has been said it takes a village to raise a child, then let us. Let us know about every single missing child out there, regardless of the reason.
Marcus is missing from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is a Hispanic male, 5′ tall, 90 pounds, black hair, brown eyes. His right ear is pierced, he was wearing a navy polo shirt with Atlas Preparatory School on the front, khaki pants, black dress shoes and carrying a black Nike backpack. He may be wearing glasses or a navy sweatshirt over his shirt.
If you have any information, please call Colorado Springs police at 719-444-7000.