The Alert System broadcasts three different alerts; AMBER, Blue and Silver.
- Amber Alerts - The Arizona AMBER Alert Plan is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies and broadcasters to send out an emergency alert to the public when a child is abducted.
- Blue Alerts - A Blue Alert is activated when a suspect is at large about killing or injuring a law enforcement official and pose a threat to the public or law enforcement community.
- Silver Alerts - A Silver Alert is activated when an adult over 65-years-old is missing.
There are 108 ADOT message boards across the Valley and 193 statewide.
An alert's location will determine how many signs flash the information, because law requires that officials spread the alerts only in the region where the crime or disappearance took place.
The new alerts were signed into Arizona law in 2014. Federal law doesn't allow the use of infrastructure the same way for Blue and Silver alerts as Amber alerts, but AZDPS can use these signs because they're state owned.
On 1/3/19, Mary Holthaus was reported missing by family and they last spoke with her on 12/28/18. On 1/1/19, Mary's vehicel was captured on video leaving her neighborhood near 5900 W. Bell Road. Mary does suffer from a form of dementia. Mrs.
Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 10:28pm
Dekarion Butler was last seen in area of North 17th Avenue and West Glendale Avenue on 12/30/2018 at approximately 5:00pm. Dekarion is a non-verbal autistic male. Likes fast food establishments and gas stations.
Monday, December 31, 2018 - 7:27am
Jimmie Ernest Thomas, a 71 year old Black male, standing 5’04” tall, weighing 145 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. Jimmie was last seen wearing blue jean pants and an unknown color t-shirt.
Friday, December 28, 2018 - 4:25pm
Dekarion Butler was last seen in area of North 34th Avenue and West Campbell Avenue on 12/26/18 at approximately 7:00pm. Dekarion is non-verbal autistic male last seen wearing a blue hoodie, blue jeans and blue sneakers.
Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 8:08am
Patty Watts was last seen on 12/26/18 around 0920 hours in the area of Higley and McLellan Roads in Mesa. She left her residence in a White 2015 Toyota Camry AZ Disabled Veteran Lic plate 96S9C. She stated she was going to go shopping.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 10:32pm