National Amber Alert website back online

The National Amber Alert website, a page that usually posts information about abducted children as well as their pictures, is back online.

The site was taken down earlier Monday as a result of the government shutdown. The program, which is run by individual states, remained active.

According to a media report out of central Ohio late Monday afternoon, the web page "suddenly went active...after reports of complaints to the U.S. Department of Justice, which said it took a person off furlough to get the website back up."

The national website is an informational clearinghouse. In Ohio, local and state authorities issue missing persons alerts.

Monday morning, the Ohio AMBER Alert Advisory Committee, in a statement, said, "The Ohio AMBER system is initiated by local and state authorities and has not been impacted by the shutdown."

Monday night, the Department of Justice-run website continued to post this message: "Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs (OJP) website is unavailable."

That message can be seen here: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children today tweeted "Distribution of #AMBER Alerts not affected by government #shutdown. For more info and to see active alerts visit: ow.ly/pzfbT."

Alerts are broadcast on television, road signs and the radio, and in some cases through text messages.

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