Tacoma police spokesman reprimanded in Linnik case




TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum has been reprimanded for not promptly sending an Amber Alert in the 2007 deadly abduction of Zina Linnik.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that (http://bit.ly/odv3RW ) a sergeant called Fulghum at 4 a.m. on July 5, 2007, telling him to issue an alert for Linnik, who had been reported abducted six hours earlier. But Fulghum had taken an over the counter sleep aid and fell back asleep, even though he was on call. The alert was issued at 10 a.m.

The alert informs the public about abducted children and provides details that might help law enforcement find them.

Linnik, 12, was kidnapped near her home the night of July 4, 2007 and later killed. Convicted sex offender Terapon Adhahn confessed to and was convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing the girl. He is serving a life sentence.