Tennessee AMBER Alert: Two Missing Children Found Safely

Two Tennessee children were found safely after an AMBER Alert was issued following their disappearance on Wednesday night.

Kayson Jones, 6, and Koraleigh Simon, 5, were located safe, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued a statewide AMBER Alert on behalf of the Erwin Police Department on Wednesday night after the two children were reported missing. Kayson and Koraleigh were reported to possibly be with Jason Simon, 38, who is their non-custodial father and were last seen in Erwin earlier in the day.

Simon was wanted on kidnapping charges in relation to the disappearance, according to the TBI. The TBI did not confirm whether Simon was arrested when Koraleigh and Kayson were located and a vehicle description was not provided.

Simon is described as a 6'0, 250 lb white male who has brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND or Investigator Todd Wilcox with the Erwin Police Department at (423)-743-1870.

AMBER Alert is an alert distributed by a child abduction alert system to seek public assistance in locating abducted children that was launched in the United States in 1996. The alert, which was named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old who was abducted and murdered in 1996, is a backronym for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response.

As of May 2020, 988 children were rescued specifically because of AMBER Alert and 66 children were rescued because of wireless emergency alerts, according to the AMBER Alert section on the Department of Justice's website.