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State investigating AMBER Alert message sent in error

A screen shot of the AMBER Alert message that was erroneously sent throughout Iowa on Thursday.

Phones across the state all went around 2:50 p.m. Thursday for an AMBER Alert, but state investigators are trying to figure out why it was sent.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says the alert wasn't sent by them.


The message did not include any other descriptive information typical of an actual AMBER Alert.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says the message was inadvertently sent while trying to fix an unrelated issue with their software.



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