|Rilya Wilson was a foster child of the Florida Department of Children and Families, and the centerpoint of an investigation into neglect and mismanagement in the organization. She was approximately four years old when she disappeared in 2000. DCF did not discover her disappearance until two years later. Investigators believe that she was suffocated or beaten to death in December 2000. This was over a year before DCF was aware that she was missing. PEAS' alert system is named in her honor.
Rilya Alert Criteria
- The abduction is of a child age 17 years or younger
- The parent must have contacted law enforcement to report child missing.
- A RILYA Alert may also be issued if the child is classified as a runaway by the police. We recognize that at times, not all information is readily available (ie. license plate numbers, name of abductor, or witness to abduction. In such cases, the available information will be reviewed and verified prior to RILYA Alert.
- The law-enforcement agency believes the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
- All children of color meeting the criteria for the Amber Alert will also receive the RILYA Alert since we recognize that a significant disparity exists in how many children of color receive an Amber Alert despite being in imminent danger. However, no missing child is excluded from receiving the RILYA alert.
If these criteria are met, alert information is assembled for public distribution. This information may include descriptions and pictures of the missing child, the suspected abductor, and a suspected vehicle along with any other information available and valuable to identifying the child and suspect.
*The staff at Peas In Their Pods respectfully requests that once a child is found that any organization posting information remove their pictures from their sites.