UPDATE: AMBER Alert canceled, Richland children found safe

AMBER Alert: Emaleigh Paier, 13, and Liam Hogan, 7
AMBER Alert: Emaleigh Paier, 13, and Liam Hogan, 7

10:25 a.m. UPDATE: The AMBER Alert has been canceled. Emaleigh Paier and Liam Hogan “have been located and they are safe,” Richland police report.


RICHLAND, Wash. — An AMBER Alert was issued Wednesday morning for two children who went missing after leaving their Richland home Tuesday night.

The Richland Police Department was searching for a 13-year-old girl who took her parents’ car without permission and drove off with her 7-year-old brother, who has autism.

Officials say Emaleigh Paier, 13, took her parents’ silver 2011 Chevrolet Equinox SUV and left their home the 1400 block of Farrell Lane in Richland around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday with her younger brother, Liam Hogan.

Emaleigh is described as being five feet, 130 pounds, with brown and teal hair and blue eyes. She was believed to be wearing knee-high black leather boots.

Liam is described as being three feet ten inches, 70 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He may not have been wearing shoes when he left the home with his sister.

The Silver Chevy Equinox police were searching for has a Washington license plate number of BWM7177. The SUV has a sunroof.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children sent out the AMBER Alert on Wednesday morning.

Phones across the state began buzzing as the emergency alert for the children came through shortly after 9:30 a.m.

The Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), a platform used by emergency management officials to give out public safety information, was activated on phones in every Washington county.

Early Wednesday morning, an Endangered Missing Person Advisory Alert was activated for the two children.

Here is the missing persons flyer related to the case:

AMBER Alerts are described by the U.S. Department of Justice as emergency messages issued when a law enforcement agency determines that a child has been abducted and is in imminent danger. The alert “instantly galvanizes communities to assist in the search for and safe recovery of an abducted child,” DOJ says.