By Elise Haley AKA Crime Shark
It was a warm winter day on January 13, 1996 in Arlington, Texas. Amber Hagerman, 9, and her brother Ricky, 5, wanted to take advantage of the weather and ride their bikes. They rode their bikes to an abandoned grocery store parking lot. After a while Ricky wanted to go home, but Amber stayed. Then, the unthinkable happened, Amber was abducted.
Jimmie Kevil, was standing in his back yard when he saw what he described as a dark blue or black pickup truck pull into the parking lot. A man, described as white or Hispanic, between the ages of 25-40, of medium build, got out of the truck and grabbed Amber. Kevil says “she screamed once, and was kicking.” Although Jimmie called the police and they were on the scene in a matter of minutes, Amber was gone.Four short days later, Amber’s body was discovered in a creek by a man walking his dog. Autopsy results would later reveal that Amber had been kept alive for two days before she was killed. She was beaten, sexually assaulted and had her throat cut. Amber’s case remains unsolved.
Amber Hagerman, is the namesake for what is known as anAMBER Alert. After her death, a Forth Worth mother, DianeSimone, called a local radio station wondering why broadcasterscould send out severe weather alerts but didn’t send out alerts for missing or abducted children. The Amber Alert system was established based on her idea. According to their website, “as of April 2019, a total of 957 children had been successfully recovered through the AMBER Alert system.”A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect responsible for Amber Hagerman’s death. If you or anyone you know has any information about the death of Amber Hagerman, or who is responsible, please call the Arlington Police Department at 817 274-4444. Anonymous tips may also be reported to the Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-479-TIPS (817-469-8477).