Maile Amber alert marks 23rd anniversary

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A MAILE AMBER alert test will take place Wednesday, August 20.  The bi-annual test was established to notify the public when a child has been abducted.

MAILE AMBER was named in memory of 6-year-old Maile Gilbert of Kailua and 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas.

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Maile Gilbert's death.  Maile was abducted from a party in Kailua on August 25, 1985.  Her killer was located several hours later and led police to Kaena Point where he had buried her body.

For a MAILE AMBER alert to be issued in Hawaii, the victim must be 17 years old or younger and believed to be in a life-threatening situation.

Since its inception, AMBER alert programs across the nation have helped save the lives of more than 400 children.