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(KSL News)--Utah's Amber Alert was put to the test this morning.

The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office and Utah Department of Public Safety sent out the alert at 9:19. Within two minutes all law enforcement was notified.

Four minutes later cell phones and beepers started going off. And after nine minutes TV and radio stations had announced the alert, and it had gone up on the commuter link website.

It took just 18 minutes for the public to be notified.

The test follows the release of some startling statistics that 99-percent of missing children die within the first day of being abducted.

Ed Smart, Amber Alert Activist: "Minutes and hours make the difference in finding those children and law enforcement needs to be sure that they're trained and up to date to make sure this is a success."

The Amber Alert Plan will be tested two times a year.

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