Gov. Northam signs 'Ashanti Alert' into law allowing for adult version of amber alert
NORFOLK, Va. (WSET) -- A new bill signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam makes it so that Amber Alerts can be issued for adults.
The "Ashanti Alert" was signed into law on Thursday.
The bill is an adult version of an amber alert and allows for them to be issued for "critically missing adults" after police say Ashanti Billie was kidnapped and murdered by Eric Brow in September.
Billie was two years too old for an amber alert when she went missing from a Virginia Beach Navy base where she worked.
Authorities said they were unable to issue an alert to the public.
She was found dead 11 days later in Charlotte, N.C.
According to the bill, police can issue the alerts by notifying the media, posting to digital billboards, VDOT traffic signs, or by notifying the public "through other methods."
But, the bill does not allow for cellphones alert or TV crawls as that would require federal permission.