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Police raise first AMBER Alert after introducing Facebook tool to find abducted children

29/11/2018 / by admin

Victoria Police have released their first AMBER Alert in search of missing child Milena Malkic. Photo: VICTORIA POLICE MEDIAPolice have raised their first Facebook AMBER Alert to help locate missing girl Milena Malkic.
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The first alert comesa day after the national roll-out of the system, which police describe asa vital tool to find and return abducted children.

Urgent information appears on a person’s Facebook feed if they are within 160 kilometres of where the child goes missing or is suspected to be.

Two-year-old Milena was last seen in the Springvale area onJune 15.

It is believedshe may be with her mother Nadia Malkic and step-father Joshua Coates in Altona, Warrnambool, Stawell or the Gippsland area.

Toddler Milena Malkic is missing and is believed to be with her mother [pictured] Nadia Malkic and father, Joshua Coates. Photo: VICTORIA POLICE MEDIA

Detective Acting Sergeant TimEvans saidMilenahad been living withher mother and step-father in Springvale before the family moved to an unknown location.

But policehad concerns for her welfareafter receiving information from the public that led them to believeshe could be harmed.

“We have got concerns for her safety and we need to find her,” Detective Acting Sergeant Evans said.

“We are treating it as a really serious caseat the moment, and throwing whatever we have got behind it.”

Detective Acting Sergeant Evans said the couple were known to the police.

Police have released their first Facebook AMBER Alert warning in search of toddler Milena Malkic who is believed to be with her mother and father in a car similar to this blue Ford Falcon, registration 1HZ 4SU. Photo: VICTORIA POLICE MEDIA

“Our only intention, at the moment,is to find this little girlbefore any harm has come to her,” he said.

Police have released a photograph of Milena, Nadia and Joshua in the hope someone recognises them.

The couple are believed to be driving a blue 2002 Ford Falcon with registration 1HZ 4SU.

Missing toddler Milena Malkic is believed to be with her mother, Nadia Malkic, and father, Joshua Coates [pictured]. Photo: VICTORIA POLICE MEDIA

The AMBER Alert system was launched in the US in memory of Amber Hagerman, a nine-year-old girl who was murdered after being snatched from a street in Texas in 1996.

Facebook revealed in 2015 it would use the alert system.

The system’s strict criteria means an alert can only be used inurgent cases where a child is at risk of death or serious injury, and there is informationsuch as a registration plate number.

The alert will be the second position in a person’s news feed and include a photograph, description and police contact details.

Anyone who seesMilena, Nadia or Joshua or who knows of their whereabouts is urged to contacttriple-zero immediately.

The Age

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