Having a child go missing is one of the worst things that can happen to a parent. The Amber Alert system was designed to help find children who go missing faster. Recently, a Newfoundland Amber alert was issued for a missing 12-year-old boy, believed to have been taken by his father.

Tony Austin Greenham, who also sometimes goes by Aussie, was reported missing from his home in the Corner Brook region at approximately 12:25 p.m., according to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. The last time he was seen was 9:25 a.m. on January 2.

Aussie is described as being 5'1 and 140 pounds. He has brown eyes and short dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a "black, grey, and white FXR winter jacket."

He is believed to have been taken by his father, also named Tony Greenham. The elder Greenham is described as being 47 years old, 5'7 and 252 pounds. He is bald, has blue eyes and a gray goatee.

Aussie's father is believed to be driving in a black 2009 Ford Escape with the license plate number JEL-275.

Police are urging people not to approach the father or Aussie if they do see him, but rather to contact the police as soon as possible. Anyone with any helpful information is asked to call 911 or the RNC at 709-637-4100.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or by visiting the Newfoundland Crimestoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com/.

Amber Alerts are an important tool in helping to find missing and abducted children.

Despite the fact that people have complained about getting the alerts on their phones, they are essential.

"At this point right now with an Amber Alert now we need all eyes and ears on deck," said Sgt. Bob Edwards of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. "Hopefully this comes to a successful conclusion."

He also said that ferry services, airlines, and wildlife officials have all been informed of the alert, according to the Canadian Press

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