ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - Authorities said they found a mother and her two daughters who were reported missing Monday.
The Ormond Beach Police Department said detectives called for an Amber Alert because the case appeared to match the criteria, and Peabody and her daughters were found at a relative's home.
As police investigated, they realized Peabody had legal custody of the children, so detectives had to
The Amber Alert never went official, which is why it wasn't broadcast statewide.
Peabody is suffering from depression, and authorities said she made the threats by phone to a relative in New Jersey.
"It doesn't change how we react or how we respond, we still pull out all the stops, but it's just that instead of calling it the Amber Alert," said Officer Keith Feder of the Ormond Beach Police Department.
The difference between the two is that an Amber Alert hits the Emergency Broadcast System, signs on the
For a missing and endangered child alert, the media is notified, texts and emails go out, Crimestoppers is notified, and so is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
"Maybe you won't see it on the overhead signs on the turnpike, but it's still a
A week ago, a
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said sometimes, a missing and endangered child alert is used until detectives have enough information for an Amber Alert. They said it has to be strict so that Amber Alerts are always taken more seriously than anything else.