A recent article in the Orange County Register reviews the progress of the California Silver Alert program on its 2-year anniversary.
The American Silver Alert Coalition praised California for its successful adoption of Silver Alert:
The American Silver Alert Coalition reports that 26 states have adopted Silver Alert programs, and nine others have similar missing-seniors programs. Executive Director Wyeth Ruthven said since 2009, the coalition has documented 83 cases in 17 states where seniors have gone missing in one state and been located in another.
The article pointed to a high success rate among California Silver Alerts:
Data from the CHP show that in the program’s first year 161 Silver Alerts were issued statewide, with one case still open. Nelson said the remaining cases have been closed, and all subjects were located. In 2014, 164 Silver Alerts were issued, Nelson said, with three cases still open. All other subjects from the 2014 activations were located, he said.
Washington State Representative Sherry Appleton has introduced House Bill 1021, legislation to create a Silver Alert program for Washington.
From KUOW Radio:
When the Legislature convenes next week, Rep. Sherry Appleton plans to introduce a bill for a silver alert system in Washington state.
Similar to the Amber Alert for children, this alert would be for elderly people with dementia who wander off. Appleton says 60 people went missing in the past year.
“Six-zero,” says Appleton. “I think it’s a lot of people.”
Appleton says a silver alert could have helped those missing people.
On December 20 2014, a Silver Alert was issued for Alvin and Catherine Dressler. The Dresslers went missing in Marion County, Florida and were found safe 320 miles away in St. George, South Carolina.
From the story on MyFoxOrlando:
Marion County deputies said the couple they were looking for since Saturday have been found safely.
Deputies said Alvin and Catherine Dressler were safely Sunday in St. George, South Carolina, which is in Dorchester County.
The Dresslers were reported missing over the weekend as they were last seen Tuesday at their home and were leaving for Maryland.
The couple was heading up north to see their daughter for the holidays.
Deputies said their cell phone had been turned off and they never arrived at their daughter’s home, which sparked the Silver Alert.