Alianna's Alert, named after young murder victim, goes into effect Friday

Posted at 2:20 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 14:33:08-04

Damon DeFreeze, the father of slain Alianna DeFreeze who disappeared and was found murdered in an abandoned Cleveland home, spoke before Alianna's Alert goes into effect on Friday, April 5.

He spoke at The Alianna DeFreeze Let’s Make a Change Foundation.

Alianna's Alert is named after a girl that disappeared on Jan. 26, 2017 after getting off an RTA bus she took to school everyday. It was later learned that she had been kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered.

The bill will require schools to alert parents if a student fails to show up to school within two hours.

Her disappearance ignited a citywide search and city officials held a news conference to announce a reward for any information regarding her whereabouts. Just hours after the news conference, authorities confirmed the worst.

A Cleveland police officer who had been searching through abandoned homes near the 9400 block of Fuller Avenue came across a body that matched Alianna's description.

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