Answering the Amber Alert

MASON CITY, IA — We are finding out more about an amber alert that caused some confusion last night.

It dealt with an amber alert sent about two missing children in western Iowa, allegedly abducted by 30-year-old Cari Ann Eich

Information released initially had authorities looking for a 9-year-old male child.

However, it was corrected later and updated to a four-year old boy and a one month old child.

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals tells us if any information was incorrect, it falls on law enforcement.

“If there is any misinformation, it’s all law enforcement’s problem,” Pals said. “Because, we are the ones that are supposed to confirm and substantiate the information before it is given out. And you know, sometimes the information we get is wrong from the witnesses.”

He tells us amber alerts are very reliable.

And law enforcement must take multiple steps before the system is activated.

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