Local group expresses concern over Amber Alert investigation

Updated: 06/24/2014 5:27 PM
Created: 06/24/2014 4:18 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

The Greece teenager who sparked an Amber Alert is out of custody.

Sixteen-year-old Cassidy Geffert was the subject of the alert, which went out around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. The alert indicated she may have been abducted, but Greece Police say that was never the case. Geffert was found safe a short time later in Brockport.

People at the Center for Missing and Exploited Children are concerned that a case like this will turn people off of the urgency of Amber Alerts. Officials say faking an abduction has serious consequences.  A fake abduction note, allegedly left by 16-year-old Cassidy Geffert Monday sparked an Amber Alert Monday through most of New York and parts of Pennsylvania.

Ed Suk, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, said, “When we do issue an Amber Alert, there are serious situations where children are at tremendous risk of physical harm or death, so please don't ignore the Amber Alerts.”

Several police agencies were looking for the teen. When she was found unharmed in Brockport, police say she left home on her own will and by herself.

Chief Patrick Phelan, Greece Police Department, said, “The real concern is the wasting of resources.  Obviously, when we have the possibility of an abduction of a young lady, we deployed a lot of resources to investigate that matter.  A lot of investigative resources, a lot of road patrol resources; we tied up a lot of resources at one time that could have otherwise been serving the community.”

Chief Phelan says Geffert left a bloody note for her parents, indicating she was in danger. The Amber Alert said the house was in disarray, a knife on the floor and a .38 caliber handgun had been taken from the home.

Chief Patrick Phelan, Greece Police Dept., said, “Everything was acute in the Amber Alert, except the word "confirmed". The Amber Alert said there was a confirmed abduction and we had a possible abduction.  

News10NBC went to Geffert's house Tuesday afternoon. Someone came to the door, only to close the blinds and walk away.

Geffert is facing a fourth degree grand larceny charge for allegedly stealing the gun from her house. Cassidy Geffert is expected to be back in court Thursday.  We're told she could face additional charges.  

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