The Kianna Alert is named after Kianna Galvin, who disappeared in 2016 at the age of 17 (CBS Chicago’s Dorothy Tucker reports).
A new alert system, named the Kianna Alert, is intended to pick up where the Amber Alert Stops. The Amber Alert is limited to missing people under age 16 or people with disabilities. Police also have to believe the person is in danger in the Amber Alert protocol. The Kianna alert does not require proof of danger.
The Kianna Alert, created by the Missing Persons Awareness Network, is named after a 17-year-old South Elgin girl named Kianna Galvin, who disappeared in 2016.
Like the Amber Alert, in order to get a Kianna Alert, a missing person report has to be on file with the police.
Kianna Galvin had been previously reported as a runaway. She had left her home in South Elgin to go to Jim Hansen Park. When she wasn’t heard from after a couple of days, her parents reported her missing. They say they didn’t do it earlier because she didn’t qualify for the Amber Alert. Police later found Kianna’s blood in a neighbor’s trash.
Friday night December 21, 2018, Kianna’s mother stood with representatives from the Missing Persons Awareness Network in Jim Hansen Park, where the Kianna Alert was publicly introduced. Kianna’s mother believes an alert eligible for older victims might have saved her daughter’s life.
“I reported by daughter missing on Mother’s Day, which was the eighth of May,” Kianna’s mother Fioana Galvin said. “She left my house on May 6. Knowing my daughter as well as I know her, she wouldn’t have just vanished off the face of the planet without any contact. And I think if this alert would’ve went out as soon as I reported her missing to the police, the case would have been solved by now.”
Kianna’s mother Fiona Galvin says she doesn’t have any updates on her daughter’s case, but there is a person of interest who was the last person seen with her daughter, and is incarcerated for another crime.
To subscribe to Kianna Alert messages, text the word “ADD” to 312-561-3319. Citizens can also log on to www.missinginillinois.org to subscribe via cell phone and/or email address.
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