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Associated Press, Published August 29 2012

ND to test Amber Alert child search procedure

BISMARCK — North Dakota is testing its Amber Alert system that is used to help searches for missing children.

The state Department of Emergency Services says the test will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday. It will be sent to media outlets. The tests are done every year.

North Dakota's system has been activated four times since it was set up in August 2002 to help locate missing children who might be in danger.

Three times, the child was found safely. One child who was the subject of an Amber Alert hasn't been found. Three-year-old Reachelle Smith of Minot has been missing since May 2006.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.