Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is putting the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in charge of all statewide efforts to find abducted children, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Yesterday, he igned an executive order creating Georgia’s Child Abduction Response Team to help streamline statewide efforts to find missing children. The team will involve seven agencies. Since 2002, Georgia has used the cooperative response procedures of a system called Levi’s Call [similar to an Amber Alert] to alert the public of child abductions.
The Perdue order cames after an abduction tragedy that claimed the lives of three children. Last month, Eddie Harrison was found dead with his three children in the woods near Fort Benning, weeks after he threatened to take and kill them. Levi’s Call was used, but Harrison and the children had gone missing for two weeks before any alert was made.