James Lee DiMaggio was wanted on suspicion of murder and for the first time in California an Amber alert was sent Sunday night to cell phone subscribers about the missing child (Ethan) and some details about the car that the suspect was believed to be driving.
The Amber Alert system was introduced in December and it is a very powerful system which sends messages based on the phone’s location, directing to the proximity of the emergency area. The text messages sent automatically contain the necessary info so that people can take action to help.
The cell phone providers involved in the system are: AT&T, Cellcom, Cricket, Sprint, Nextel, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless and Bluegrass Cellular.
The Amber code was sent at the same time to television viewers and freeway motorists.