Endangered Missing Persons Alert Criteria
A requesting law enforcement agency must meet all the below criteria in order to activate the State Endangered Missing Persons Alert Network:
- Has the missing person been diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability (Diagnosis
could refer to what was previously described as Mental Retardation) and/or a
Pervasive Developmental Disorder, including Aspergerís Disorder, Autistic
Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rettís
Disorder or a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Not Otherwise Specified)?
If the missing person has been diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability, law
enforcement shall require a written diagnosis from a physician or psychologist
licensed to practice within Texas, or certified by the Texas Department of Aging
and Disability Services and/or Texas Department of State Health Services.
Written diagnosis could indicate the physician or psychologist was certified by the
former Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
- Is it confirmed that an investigation has taken place, verifying that a reasonable
explanation for the missing personís disappearance has been ruled out and that
the disappearance poses a credible threat to the health and safety of the missing
- Is the Endangered Missing Persons Alert request being made within 72 hours of
the missing personís disappearance?
- Is there sufficient information available to disseminate to the public that could
assist in locating the missing person? (Highway signs will be activated only if
accurate vehicle information is available AND it is confirmed that the missing
person was in the vehicle at the time of the disappearance).