The OPP says the province’s Amber Alert system is now back up and running after a “technical issue” prevented police from sending out a widespread notification about a recent abduction.
Early Thursday morning, the provincial police service attempted to use the Amber Alert system to send out information on a missing three-month-old child, who investigators said was abducted by her father in Roseneath, Ont., located just north of Cobourg, Ont.
“During the attempt to issue an AMBER Alert, the OPP experienced a technical issue. As a result, the OPP contacted the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC), its counterpart at Emergency Management Ontario, which was able to issue the alert on the OPP’s behalf to LTE-connected wireless devices in the area where the child was last seen,” the OPP said in a statement released Friday.
“This approach was supported by investigators, who had reason to believe the suspect had not travelled far.”
Those in regions outside of the immediate area of the alleged abduction did not receive a notification, including residents of Toronto, which is located about 140 kilometres west of where the child was last seen.
In the statement, the OPP said the technical glitch stemmed from a “third-party software update” and the issue has now been resolved.