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Did Swift 911 app help rescue AMBER alert child?

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

Regarding Thursday's AMBER alert, there are a lot of unknowns surrounding this case, but this is what we can tell you.

More than 1500 people have signed up for the Swift 911 app on their smart phones or computers, and got the local alert that Adayah Bratton was missing and possibly in danger.

The system cost about $35,000 and is designed to get crucial information out to the public faster than the extensive vetting process required for an AMBER alert through the state police in Indianapolis.

County Commissioner Nelson Peters says the fact that the Swift 911 alert went out about 40 minutes before the AMBER alert did means it worked.

"I believe that our system did that. How much more quickly it could have gotten out than what the AMBER Alert did, I don't know. But it did beat the AMBER Alert. It gave people the opportunity to get a head start on finding this little girl," he says.

Sources close to the investigation say Adayah's alleged abductor, Channing Scott, heard or saw one of the alerts, panicked, and called a relative of the girl to say he was dropping her off at Southtown.

Dispatchers got about 50 calls after that, from people who spotted the little girl after she was dropped off.

What remains unclear is why it took so long for a missing child report to be filed.

Police responded to the domestic disturbance call at two in the morning, but the girl wasn't reported missing to dispatchers for 11 more hours.

We're working to get that answer.

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