The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has offered an explanation to those inquiring on why the Amber Alert on Dayton runaway Trinity Quinn was delayed. Dayton Police issued a report that the 15-year-old came up missing on Monday, May 1. Tuesday, they updated the report to “endangered.” Tuesday evening Quinn and 28-year-old Daniel Clark, the man she was suspected of being with, were involved in a robbery/homicide in Nashville. The Amber Alert was then issued Wednesday morning at 9:30. In just a few hours, both were in police custody. Dayton Police say that the TBI considered Quinn a runaway and had not considered issuing the alert. The TBI released the following statement concerning the matter:
“When the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation receives, from a local law enforcement agency, a request for an AMBER Alert, we work to determine whether it meets our established criteria:
- The person is 17 years of age or younger, and;
- The child is in imminent danger of bodily injury or death, and;
- There is a description of the child, the abductor or vehicle, and;
- On a request from another state for activation, there is a direct and identified nexus to the state of Tennessee and that information is conveyed to TBI at the time of the request.
Though every case is fact-specific and considered in its totality, the primary concern – in determining whether to issue an AMBER Alert – is whether the child is in imminent danger. In making that decision, we consider the victim’s age, the circumstances of the disappearance, and whether the suspect has a violent criminal history or is listed on the state’s Sex Offender Registry.
In this matter, the Dayton Police Department contacted TBI on Monday afternoon. At that time, the local agency reported to us they could not definitively place Trinity Quinn with Daniel Clark. At the time, we also determined Clark had no violent criminal history or criminal history involving children, and was not listed as part of the state’s Sex Offender Registry. As such, we determined it did not meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert.
Clearly, the situation changed overnight.
The robbery-homicide in West Nashville – still under investigation by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department – resulted in quick action early this morning at TBI once Metro Police substantiated the two were together, in Nashville, and that Clark was a person-of-interest in connection to the incident. In our determination, Clark clearly had a propensity for violence and – out of an abundance of caution and reasonable belief Trinity Quinn was in imminent danger – we issued our AMBER Alert.
As for our alerts and criteria, please see our website.”