Why No AMBER Alert has been issued for Breeann Rodriguez

SENATH, Mo. - Questions are being raised about why an AMBER Alert has not been issued in the case of a missing 3-year-old Missouri girl.

Breeann Rodriguez went missing August 6 from outside her home in Senath, located in Missouri's bootheel, about 200 miles south of St. Louis.

Breann's mother, Claudia Ramos, reported that she was riding her bicycle with her 5-year old brother in front of their home when he went inside for a drink. When Ramos cane outside minutes later to tell Breeann that lunch was ready, the little girl was gone, along with her bike.

In an interview on NBC’s “Today Show, FBI Special Agent Dennis Baker said though investigators “are working under the presumption that it was a child abduction,” there is not sufficient information about an abductor to issue an alert.

For a federal AMBER Alert to be issued, Baker explained, there needs to be a confirmed child abduction and a description of the suspect or suspect’s vehicle, saying there are no leads that point to any suspects in this case.

Although an AMBER Alert has not been issued, Baker assured that the FBI and local law enforcement were taking the disappearance seriously.

“The law enforcement response is the same,” he said, “whether an AMBER Alert is issued or not, we respond in the same manner.”

When asked about the white van that witnesses had reported in the area at the time of the abduction, Baker responded that they are looking for the van, but called it just one of a number of leads. He said even though the van was seen in the area at the time, it is not tied to a suspect nor is it being treated as involved in the suspected abduction.

Federal Guidelines for issuing an AMBER Alert are stricter than those of Missouri .

To see the complete "Today Show" report, including more of what Baker had to say, watch the video below।

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