An Amber Alert was issued on Thursday after a five-year-old boy and his mother went missing in Mississauga, Ont.
The boy’s father called police and reported their disappearance after his son didn’t go to school that morning.
Investigators said the mother had a medical condition that makes her act out of character if not treated with medication.
Andrea Taylor from Tilbury, Ont., spotted the pair when she went to pick up food at her local KFC, recognizing the boy from the Amber Alert.
Taylor’s ability to identify the pair has resulted in significant support for the system’s effectiveness on social media.
So glad to see this #AmberAlert led the police to Ethan. Thank you to all who worked to locate this child. Peace be with all families who have experienced a sadder outcome in situations past 💙. @PeelPoliceMedia https://t.co/3TJcksO7z8— Pasieka on Politics (@PasiekaOnPol) April 26, 2019
Good to hear that the boy is found. I get people are annoyed but calling the police is too far. I am afraid of the alarm but saying you don’t give a shit is inhuman. Don’t let it be like last time, where a girl was found dead, killed on her birthday by her father. #AMBERAlert— ♡Vanessa Pham♡ (@VanessaPham23) April 26, 2019
The #AMBERAlert system works...don't complain that you are not near the area that it originated in & why should you be disturbed...— William R. Hunter (@ChiefBillHunter) April 26, 2019
A child was missing...the system worked...the child was found. #kudos to the #KFC staff! https://t.co/IXFEvhNjVd
I was in a crowded movie theatre, waiting for the movie to start, when the #AMBERALERT buzzed our phones. So happy to hear that the little boy was found safe and sound because someone got the #AMBERALERT and called 911. @femwriter https://t.co/yHr2IVxbHu— Michelle RB (@MichelleRB3) April 26, 2019
But there were still some resident in Ontario who pointed out some apparent flaws in the system, and expressed annoyance with the process.
Only a matter of time before someone is killed because a distracted driver looked at their phone at an amber alert (illegal by the way) #AMBERAlert— Crusty_the_Cynic (@CrustyCynic) April 26, 2019
I’m not one to complain about the #AmberAlert notifications but today I had the poop scared out of me when it went off in my car over my Bluetooth!! My 2.5 year old said it sounded like a fire truck and we better go find it— Ashley Gerrits (@awall13) April 26, 2019
I was coming back home, radio said an amber alert has been issued. After a couple of minutes when I got home I received the alert on my phone. Why phone alert released later? These types of alert have to be issued ASAP. It's a matter of seconds!#AmberAlert— Mr. Beal (@Canra82) April 26, 2019
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