System issue prevented Amber Alert messages from being sent

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A problem with the computer system that issues Amber Alerts prevented phones from lighting up as police looked for a missing girl Saturday. 

The Indiana State Police issued the alert after Fort Wayne police got a report of a five-year-old girl being taken by gunpoint from a home in the 1800 block of Fox Point Trail Saturday afternoon.

Leanna Herron was found safe a few hours later in Indianapolis with her non-custodial father Zyair Herron, the suspect in the situation.

The alert was canceled before an official text was sent from police. Most people found out about the search through social media. A spokesperson for the Indiana State Police said an issue with the system failed, preventing alerts from hitting every cell phone in the area, which is how it is supposed to work.

A spokesman for the Fort Wayne Police Department confirmed to WANE 15 the incident was still under investigation Monday. Zyair was arrested on an unrelated warrant in Indianapolis. Detectives in Fort Wayne are working to figure out if charges would be appropriate in the Amber Alert situation. 

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