- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Amber Alerts to help finding missing children will be available to Facebook subscribers beginning Tuesday.

The postings are the result of a partnership between the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the social network.

Amber alerts are used to appeal to the public to help track down missing or abducted children.

The Amber Alert system began in Texas following the 1996 abduction and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman. The system was adopted in all 50 states by 2005.

Lt. Col. Larry Waggoner, director of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, says in a news release that getting detailed information about the incident out to the public as quickly as possible is the key to finding missing children.

He says social media is an additional tool.

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