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Amber Alert decisions made by local police, families

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Michigan State Police issued an Amber Alert notifying the public Sunday morning at around 10.

“By putting out an Amber Alert the hope is we can find this person sooner rather than later,” Lt. David Kaiser, Michigan State police.

Kaiser said the decision to issue an amber alert is made by local police and the family of the missing child.

To issue an Amber Alert: 

•    The child must be 17 years old or younger

•    There must be reason to believe a child is at risk of serious injury or death

In this case Kaiser says Davison Township police submitted the required forms early Sunday and the alert went out a few hours later.

"An Amber Alert goes out to all local stations, TV stations news, media," Kaiser said.

With more and more people spending time online, authorities have started posting amber alerts on social media.

Det. Sgt. Sarah Kreba who is with the MSP said due to the timing of Omarion's disappearance the information didn't get online, until it was published by news outlets.

“Our public affairs department handles all social media for Michigan State Police,” Kreba said. “So that only occurs while they are actively working. Since it was a holiday weekend that's a reason why it wouldn't go out over MSP social media."

Once on Facebook, people started spreading the word. 

Sometimes alerts are sent to cell phones, but that didn't happen in Omarion's case.

"In order for it to go to a cell phone there would have to be a vehicle involved and we would need the license plate information," Kaiser said.

He also notes that pictures can't be include on phone alerts.

Now that an Amber Alert is out, people across the state and beyond know Omarion Humphrey is missing and are hoping he's found safe.

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