Amber Alerts Improve Communication With Cell Phones

A four year old boy is back home. Safe after being allegedly abducted. It took an Amber Alert to get him back. And you may have received that alert with surprise.

Justice Poindexter was found, and reunited with his father. Natasha Hoch was arrested, accused of kidnapping the boy.

Once he was found missing, around 8:30 Monday night, you might have noticed an alert on your cell phone.

Many people did. This is from a partnership with cell phone companies and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to Gene Thaxton, who is the coordinator for Oklahoma's Amber Alert system.

Some messages may have taken longer to receive, with various delays, he said.

And although most websites indicate you have to request the alert, some Tulsans reported they had not signed up to receive the messages, but that they appreciated the chance to help find a missing child.

"The priority of getting the word out for people to locate a missing child supercedes them having my text message address," said Scott Rowland, who signed up to continue receiving the alerts.

If you noticed a television emergency alert, it might have sounded garbled or hard to hear. Thaxton says he is checking to find out what can be done to solve that issue.

The Amber Alert council will meet with Bixby police to find out what they could have done better in this case, that may help them the next time.