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ASBURY PARK, New Jersey (CNN) -- Authorities in New Jersey lifted an Amber Alert that was issued Monday morning for a young girl, after finding out that the girl was safe with her father.

The alert went out after police got a report that a young girl was abducted by an older man while walking in downtown Asbury Park, a resort on the Atlantic Ocean. A white male about 50 years old approached her and forced her into an old, white utility van, authorities said.

Police later said that the man was the girl's father, who was taking her to school.

It was the first time an Amber Alert was activated in the Asbury Park area, according to police. New Jersey has issued six Amber Alerts since the program was activated in the state less than a year ago.

The Amber Alert system uses radio, television, roadside electronic billboards and emergency broadcast systems to disseminate information about kidnapping suspects and victims soon after the abduction of a child is reported.

The alert system was created in response to the slaying of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, in 1996.


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