Authorities in Tulsa, Oklahoma, are searching for two children who have been missing for days, KOKH-TV reports.
Miracle Lashay Crook, 2, and Tony Demone Crook, 1, were last seen by a family member on Thursday near the intersection of Interstate 44 and 21st Street in Tulsa. A police dive team was scheduled on Sunday to search ponds at apartment complexes in the area where the children were last seen, KOCO-TV reports.
Officials say they are still collecting information and at this time, the case does not warrant issuing an Amber Alert.
“We understand and appreciate everyone’s opinion on this matter and questions about why it does not qualify for an Amber Alert,” the Tulsa Police Department wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday. “However, we do not set the regulations for the criteria necessary to initiate an Amber Alert and because of that we can’t trigger the nationwide system at this time.”
Tulsa Police Detectives are looking for any information on the whereabouts of two missing children, Miracle & Tony Crook were last seen Thursday near 2200 S. 96th E. Ave. Call 918-596-9222 if you have information. The surrounding circumstances are concerning. pic.twitter.com/QIEmkNqapD
— Tulsa Police Department Chief Franklin (@TPD_Franklin) May 23, 2020
Numerous people commented on the post questioning why an Amber Alert had not been issued for the missing children.
However, several criteria must be met before police can activate the Amber Alert system, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. First, law enforcement must have a reasonable belief that a child has been abducted.
“To allow activations in the absence of significant information that an abduction has occurred could lead to abuse of the system and ultimately weaken its effectiveness,” the Department of Justice writes.
Second, police must believe there is imminent danger that the child will be subject to serious bodily injury or could be killed. Police must also have adequate descriptive information about the child and the nature of the suspected abduction.
To report information on the whereabouts of the missing children, call the Tulsa Police Department at 918-596-9222.
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[Feature Photo: Tony and Miracle Crook/Police Handout]