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25 Years Later, Arlington Police Release New Photos In Amber Hagerman Case, Hoping For New Tips

A culvert.
Courtesy of Arlington Police
Arlington Police
A photo of the culvert where 9-year-old Amber Hagerman's body was found four days after she was abducted from an Arlington parking lot in January 1996. Arlington police released new photos in the case, hoping the public can help solve the murder.

Nine-year-old Amber Hagerman was kidnapped and murdered in January 1996, and the case remains unsolved. It was because of her case that the Amber Alert system, which alerts the public to abducted children, was created.

Arlington police released new photos tied to the 1996 kidnapping and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, hoping to generate renewed interest in the case.

Amber Hagerman
Courtesy Hagerman family
A photo of Amber Hagerman.

Wednesday marked 25 years since Hagerman's disappearance. She was riding her bicycle in an abandoned Winn-Dixie parking lot when she was abducted on Jan. 13, 1996. Her killer has never been found.

Her case inspired the creation of the Amber Alert system, which alerts the public when children are missing.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information relating to the case. Those who have tips can contact a special tipline at 817-575-8823. Those who wish to stay anonymous can also call Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County at 817-469-TIPS (8477).

“I implore the media and public to ensure the focus on this 25th anniversary of Amber’s kidnapping remains on finding the killer and bringing him to justice,” Hagerman's mother Donna Williams said at a press conference. “I miss her every day. I want to know why her — she was just a little girl,” she said, then addressed the killer: “Please turn yourself in.”

The suspect was described as a White or Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, just under 6 feet tall, of medium build, with brown or black hair. The suspect's vehicle was described as a 1980s or 1990s black pickup truck.

An aerial view of a creek, labeled by police, of where 9-year-old Amber Hagerman's body was found.
Courtesy Arlington Police
Arlington Police released this labeled photo of the area where 9-year-old Amber Hagerman's body was found after she was abducted in January 1996.

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