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.
Advocates for seniors in South Carolina are pushing for adoption of a statewide Silver Alert program to find missing seniors, and are working with state Representative Wendell Gilliard on Silver Alert legislation.
Family members of a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s often fear that person could walk away or go missing. When they do, law enforcement responds.
“We give it everything we have. We call search and rescue. We call out helicopters. We call out dogs. We do everything humanly possible. We’ll put it on the interstate to say they’re missing, notify all local agencies and put it in NCIC,” said Sgt. Mark Bryant with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.
Bryant said South Carolina does not have a silver alert system, like one many other states do have.
“It possibly could help but I don’t know that more can be done,” Bryant said.
But Dr. Jacobo Mintzer called silver alerts “a huge resource.” Mintzer sits on the board of the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Association and is the director of the Roper St. Francis Clinical Biotechnology Research Institute.
He said he worked with local lawmakers and pushed for a silver alert system, but it hadn’t happened. Former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer also led a push for silver alerts in 2008, but said the bill lost support when the news media opposed it.
On December 8, 2014, a Silver Alert was issued for 87-year-old Gerald Zeringue. Zeringue went missing in Baytown, Texas and was later found safe 300 miles away in Norco, Louisiana.
From KPRC-TV in Houston:
A Silver Alert issued for an 87-year-old Baytown man has been canceled after the man was found safe.
Gerald Noel Zeringue last seen around 6 a.m. Sunday at 4814 Burning Tree in Baytown. He was driving a tan, 2000 Cadillac Deville with TX License Plate CYT0516.
He is diagnosed with a cognitive impairment. He was last seen wearing a dark blue wind suit and white New Balance shoes.
The senior citizen was located in Norco, Louisiana and is being reunited with his family.