The Iowa Department of Public Safety has issued an AMBER Alert for two brothers abducted from Des Moines, Iowa on December 28th. Landon Griffin, 12, and Morgan Griffin, 11, were abducted by their non-custodial mother Mary Andrea Purcell, 35. Purcell may be driving a Gold or Brown 2003 Chevrolet Suburban with Iowa plates C R Y 3 7 1. She may be heading to Oregon or Minnesota. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Purcell or the children contact your local law enforcement or the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 515-286-3333.

Pictures were not available of Landon Griffin or Mary Purcell, we will update the post as we receive additional information from law enforcement.


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Dan Herrstrom is a chaser and the Director of Information Technology for the Iowa Weather Network. Dan specializes in making sure the network web interface is reliable, secure, and well-maintained. He also chases multiple events. Dan is also one of the three original founders of the network. Dan works as an Information Technology professional by trade and resides in Madrid, Iowa, northwest of Des Moines. He works at Des Moines Area Community College as a IT Specialist and also holds an Associates Degree in Network Administration from there as well. He also holds a Bachelors Degree in Applied Computer Science from Morningside College in Sioux City. Dan is also a firefighter in Madrid, where he notes is partly why he got into the weather world. His two main hobbies remain as computers and weather, and he funneled this into his original website,, founded in 2004. This was one of the three websites that merged together into the Iowa Weather Network in 2012, along with and

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