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THE TRAGIC 1996 death of Amber Hagerman is still remembered to this day as one of the most high-profile child abduction cases in history.

The young girl’s death ultimately led to the creation of the lifesaving Amber Alert system and now true crime enthusiasts want to know more about her.

Donna Norris' daughter, Amber Hagerman, was abducted and killed in 1996


Donna Norris’ daughter, Amber Hagerman, was abducted and killed in 1996Credit: Getty

Who was Amber Hagerman?

Amber Hagerman was a nine-year-old girl who was abducted while riding her pink bike in Arlington, Texas, on January 13, 1996.

At the time, she was riding with her younger brother, Ricky, in an abandoned Winn-Dixie parking lot but they got separated after he decided to ride back to their grandparent’s home.

Before Amber could join him, she was snatched off her bike in broad daylight by a man driving a black pickup truck.

Police quickly began searching for Amber, but four days later, she was found with her throat slashed near a creek about four miles from the grocery store, according to The New York Times.

Who killed Amber Hagerman?

After Amber’s body was found police changed their missing person’s investigation to a murder one but sadly, they have not had any luck finding the culprit.

While the case might be cold, police are still searching and have not given up.

“This is still an open, on-going murder investigation,” lead investigator Det Grant Gildon said in 2021, via the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“We want to solve it. We want to get answers for the family.”

At the time of the kidnapping, the suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male, in his 20s or 30s with dark hair. This description has led police to believe that he was a local familiar with the area.

“Based on the direction of travel when they left [the Winn-Dixie] and then based on her being found in Arlington, being abducted in Arlington and just being in that spot, the question has always been, did somebody have a connection with that area where the abduction was?” Arlington Police Sgt Grant Gildon told PEOPLE in 2022

“It’s a very secluded area where her body was found. We do believe you’d have to be somewhat familiar with that area to know where that creek is,” he added.

“Was there a connection with that location? And was it someone who had a reason for turning back to the center of town? The thought has always been that the easiest way to get out of the area would’ve been to go to Highway 360.”

Over the years, Amber’s story has been told several times and will now be the subject of the Peacock documentary Amber: The Girl Behind the Alert, which is set to premiere on January 17, 2023.

Amber Hagerman's killer has not been caught


Amber Hagerman’s killer has not been caughtCredit: Arlington Police Department

What is an Amber Alert?

Shortly after Amber’s disappearance, Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to help develop an early warning system to help find children who had been abducted.

The alerts are now sent out in all 50 states when there is “reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred.”

Authorities must also believe the child is in “imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.”

Essentially, the emergency alert is meant to send out information to the public in hopes of finding missing children.

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While the alert might be named after Amber, it stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response.

“It’s a shame my daughter had to be butchered and had to go through what she went through for us to have the Amber Alert, but I know she would be proud of it,” Amber’s mother, Donna Williams told Yahoo! News in 2016.

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