Blue Alert aftermath

The search for Ulises Villalobos prompted Bismarck Police to request the state's first ever blue alert, which was sent out Thursday.

That alert sent confusion across the state because many didn't know what a Blue Alert was or what the alert was about. The North Dakota National Guard says it hopes to fix this in the future by having better communication between law enforcement and the division of emergency services.

"At the end of the day we just did not put out a clear enough message so the process worked as it was designed, but we have to get better at making sure we put out good information so we don't cause folks to be alarmed when there isn't a need to be," said North Dakota National Guard Adjutant Gen. Aalan Dohrmann.

Dohrmann says the reason the alert didn't have enough information on it was because the system has an 80 character limit.