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Illinois teen found safe after reported kidnapping; AMBER Alert canceled

Authorities said Antaneya Smith was kidnapped by someone wearing a mask and driving a black 2005 Ford 500 sedan.
Credit: WMAQ

CHICAGO — An AMBER Alert was canceled Tuesday morning after a 15-year-old girl believed to be kidnapped in Illinois was reportedly safe.

According to NBC affiliate WMAQ, authorities reported the teen, Antaneya Smith, was kidnapped Monday around 2:40 p.m. by someone wearing a mask and driving a black 2005 Ford 500 sedan.

Police said Dolton officers were chasing the vehicle on northbound Interstate 94 at West 87th Street in Cook County just before 3 p.m.

The driver sideswiped another vehicle and pushed that vehicle into the side of a squad car before continuing to flee from the scene of the crash. The trooper inside that squad car was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

An AMBER Alert wasn't issued until just after 11 p.m. Monday but was canceled Tuesday at 3:32 a.m. when the bulletin said the teen "was recovered safely."

Additional details were not immediately available. 

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AMBER Alert vs. Silver Alert: What's the difference?            

There are specific standards a person's disappearance must meet in order for police to declare an AMBER Alert or a Silver Alert.                                        

AMBER are for children under the age of 18 who are believed to have been abducted and in danger. Police also need to have information about a suspect and their car to issue an AMBER Alert.                                       

Silver Alerts are for missing and endangered adults or children. They are much more common for missing people. It was not until last year when the standards for Silver Alerts were expanded to include children.      

In both situations, these alerts must be issued by police.


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