Claim:   A 3-year-old girl named Andrea Montoya is missing from a hotel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Status:   Not any more.

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, 2006]

Amber Alert

Tennesee state police have issued a state wide amber alert. There is a missing child named Andrea Montoya. She just went missing at 2:45. and she was last seen in gatlenburg at the river terris hotel in the laundry room wearing a purple coat and grey jogging pants. she is 3 ft tall and weighs 96 lbs. She is originally from florida and is here on vacation with her gandmom and mother. a white jeep cherokee with florida sunshine liscense plate was seen circling the area.

please guys and girls repost this…i want to see every single one of my friends repost this because i know you all have a heart! she was kidnapped jsut a few hous ago today. it will take like 5 seconds to repost.. What if someone sees this that knows something and a grandma and mother get there kid back. how great would that be? so please just take 5 seconds out of your life to do this

Origins:   On 7 December 2006, the Gatlinburg Police Department issued a Tennessee Statewide Amber Alert for Andrea Montoya, a 3-year-old, white female standing 3 feet tall and weighing 35 pounds with light brown hair and brown eyes. She was on vacation with her mother and grandmother in Tennessee and was last seen in the laundry room of the River Terrace Hotel in Gatlinburg at 2:45 P.M. EST that day.

Several hours later, however, the Gatlinburg Police Department cancelled the Amber Alert after learning that Andrea was in the custody of her father:

The TN Statewide AMBER Alert issued by the Gatlinburg Police Department has been canceled. At approximately 8:00 p.m. Central time, the TBI and the Gatlinburg Police Department were able to establish that Andrea Montoya is in the custody of her father who picked her up at the motel this afternoon without permission. The mother has communicated with the child, and has indicated that she does not believe the child to be in any physical danger. For further information please contact the Gatlinburg Police Department at 865-436-5181.

Last updated:   13 December 2006