January 27, 2023

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) — The Brazos Valley’s Amber Alert Network strives every day to locate missing children and adults. In its 2022 annual report, studies show that the nonprofit has reached a new level when it comes to spreading the word across the seven counties of the Brazos Valley.

The organization has been part of the Brazos Valley since 2003. Although the Brazos Valley’s Amber Alert Network has dedicated itself to full-time operations for the past two and a half years. This has prompted them to expand their mission; Providing notifications through appropriate channels in all cases of missing children and adults throughout the Brazos Valley.

Chuck Fleeger, executive director of the Amber Alert Network Brazos Valley, told KBTX over the years their mission has remained the same.

“It’s about making sure a missing person is never forgotten,” Fleeger said. “Everyone is important. Everyone is loved and everyone is missed when that person is not in their life. It will be strange. You know, a foreign word to family and we hope no one ever has to go through that. But when they do, we want them to know that we’re here to support them. “

The organization produces a report every year. For 2022, they noted that they have opened a total of 55 support cases to support local law enforcement or families of the missing.

“This total number of support incidents represents a 37.5 percent increase in activity over 2021,” Fleeger said. “I don’t think we’ve had a huge spike in missing people. I think we’re shedding light on an issue that has always been present in our community. I think if we acknowledge it, we can do better.”

Each year, Fleeger said, her goal is to expand her resources to better serve community members and law enforcement in need.

“In 2022, we became the first company in the state of Texas to use a URL in a wireless emergency message associated with a yellow alert during regional activations in August and November,” Fleeger said. “These links were clicked over 32,000 times within the first 10 minutes of posting. This guides people with the most up to date information for the missing person.”

Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said when a missing person is involved, it’s important to get information out as quickly as possible.

“Things cross state lines quickly. When someone goes missing, it can often be something worse, like kidnapping,” Sheriff Sowell said. “The need for sources like this is great and will continue to be needed. It’s a phenomenal network that supports positive closure in identifying someone.”

In 2023, the Amber Alert Network of the Brazos Valley told us they wanted to increase volunteer opportunities for the citizens of our area. The nonprofit organization will continue to host community-wide events as well as training for law enforcement and other responders.

For more information on the Brazos Valley Amber Alert Network, click here.

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