About the Endangered Person Advisory

Missouri Endangered Person Advisory Plan
  • I. PURPOSE

    The Endangered Person Advisory is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement and local broadcasters to rapidly disseminate information about a missing and endangered person to law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and the public.

  • II. CRITERIA

    The Endangered Person Advisory is initiated solely by Missouri law enforcement agencies using the following criteria:

    • 1.Do the circumstances fail to meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert? (If they do meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert, immediately follow the protocol to issue an AMBER Alert)
    • 2.Is the person missing under unexplained, involuntary, or suspicious circumstances?
    • 3.Is the person believed to be in danger because of age, health, mental or physical disability, environment or weather conditions, in the company of a potentially dangerous person or some other factor that may put the person in peril?
    • 4.Is there information that could assist the public in the safe recovery of the missing person?
  • III. PROCEDURE FOR AGENCIES TO INITIATE AN ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY
    • If all criteria exist, prepare the "Endangered Person Advisory" by using the Endangered Missing (EME) code on the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System (MULES).
    • Fax the Endangered Persons Advisory (EPA) form with attachments such as photographs, area maps, etc. to the Missouri State Highway Patrol; Troop F Headquarters at 573-751-6814.
    • Contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol; Troop F Headquarters at 573-751-1000 to verify the information has been entered in MULES and NCIC and the faxed form and attachment have be received.
    • Make sure dispatchers or call takers are prepared to handle phone calls. Consider allocating additional resources from other law enforcement agencies.
    • A Public Information Officer (PIO) should be appointed to handle the media. Once the advisory has been activated, media coverage may be overwhelming, especially for a small department. The PIO should be constantly updated to utilize the media as much as possible and receive the maximum exposure for the case.

    The Endangered Persons Advisory does not preclude and in-house procedures, policies, or practices used by each law enforcement agency.

  • IV. THE FOLLOWING WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE ADVISORY IS ACTIVATED
    • All Missouri law enforcement agencies are notified through MULES/ALERT/REGIS.
    • Broadcasters and media are notified by fax.
    • The Missouri State Highway Patrol Missing Persons Unit will be notified for support and resources.
    • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is contacted if the person is under the age of 18.
  • V. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
    • The Missouri State Highway Patrol Missing Persons Unit can contact other states if the advisory needs to be sent outside of Missouri.
    • The Missouri State Highway Patrol Public Information and Education Division can provide a PIO to help your agency.
    • A Child is Missing will contact residents and businesses in the area where the person was last seen by using an automated telephone system. The service is free and can be used for a missing child, elderly or disabled person. Call the toll-free number (888) 875-ACIM (888-875-2246).
    • Team Adam provides experienced child abduction investigators, technical assistance and equipment for free to agencies during investigations involving missing, abducted, or exploited children. Call toll-free (800) THE-LOST (800-843-5678)
    • Project Alert provides retired federal, state, and local law enforcement officers who volunteer their time and expertise as unpaid consultants during investigations of missing, abducted, or exploited children. All travel arrangements and costs are paid for by NCMEC. Call (800) THE-LOST (800-843-5678)
  • VI. CANCELING THE ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY

    The initiating agency must cancel the Endangered Person Advisory using the MULES (EME) message. The agency must also call the Missouri State Highway Patrol; Troop F Headquarters at 573-751-1000 to verity the MULES message is cancelled.