C.L.E.A.R. Alert for adults in danger to take effect Sept. 1

There isn't a day that goes by, that Alison Steele doesn't reminisce about her daughter Cayley.

“Our daughter was a typical teenager, 19 years old, just started her sophomore year at University of Trinity in San Antonio,” said Steele.

Her life was tragically cut short two years ago.

“Our daughter Cayley was kidnapped, raped and murdered in late October of 2017 and as bad as that was to live through, we realized right away before we even left the hospital that we had a serious gap in our regulatory framework,” said Steele.

From then on it has been Steele’s mission to help develop some type of alert system for adults.

“She was 14-months too old to be considered for an AMBER Alert when she disappeared,” said Steele.

She partnered with Rep. Greg Bonnen (R-Friendswood) and helped get HB 1769 passed.

“There's an alert for endangered children and that is known as the AMBER Alert," Bonnen said. "We have one for those over 65 who are in danger, that's the Silver Alert. We also have an alert for peace officers and alerts for those who are mentally infirm."

Bonnen hopes to bridge the 18-65 population gap with the C.L.E.A.R. Alert.

“C.L.E.A.R. stands for Coordinated Law Enforcement Adult Rescue, however it has a more deep and symbolic meaning,” said Bonnen.

The acronym is also a combination of the names of victims who possibly could have been saved with this alert. The law takes effect Sept. 1. 

“Now you've allowed us to reach millions of Texans through smart phones and many capabilities to help us find that child, find that adult, find that senior before something tragically happens to them,” said Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

Not only will the alert go on traffic signs and cell phones, but Bonnen said also through banks and even the lottery commission, so everyone can be on the lookout.

“There's domestic violence, there's human trafficking, both labor and sex trafficking, all potential areas where this alert and this law could be applied. Then there are random crimes of opportunity,” said Steele.

Cayley Mandadi may not be here anymore, but her legacy lives on by helping save as many lives as possible.