Aug 6, 2013

Amber Alert on phone: California Cell Phones Screech to Life with Statewide Amber Alert

Amber Alert on phone: California Cell Phones Screech to Life with Statewide Amber Alert
Amber Alert on phone: California Cell Phones Screech to Life with Statewide Amber Alert. Cell phones across California rang out with a jarring Emergency Alert System tone late Monday night as police issued the first statewide Amber Alert using FEMA's new national emergency broadcasting system for handsets.

Accompanying the screeching EAS tone was a text message that had many Californians scrambling to find out more about the town of Boulevard, where a suspected murder and kidnapping in the tiny community near the Mexican border in San Diego County took place on Sunday.

Following a more general EAS message sent over television broadcasts minutes earlier, the cell phone-targeted Amber Alert message read: "Boulevard, CA AMBER Alert UPDATE: LIC/6WCU986 (CA) Blue Nissan Versa 4 Door."

Police suspect 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio of killing his friend Christina Anderson, 44, and her 8-year-old son, burning down his Boulevard home with their bodies inside, and abducting Anderson's 16-year-old daughter. The suspect is thought by police to be on the run and "traveling to either Texas or Canada," according to a tweet from the California Highway Patrol.

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