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Silver Alert Success Story: 75-year old West Virginia man found in North Carolina

On April 20, 2015, a Silver Alert  was issued for 75-year-old Carlos Goodman. Goodman went missing in Williamson, West Virginia and was later found safe in North Carolina.

From the news story at WCYB:

We have a Silver Alert involving a man who may be driving to Abingdon.

He’s Carlos Goodman, and he has beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

West Virginia State Police say he left his home in Williamson, WV, late Saturday night. They think he may be heading to his granddaughter’s home in Abingdon.

UPDATE: Authorities in West Virginia have confirmed that Carlos Goodman has been located in North Carolina. He’s said to be in good condition.


Minnesota: Legislature Approves Silver Alert Study

The Minnesota Senate substantially revised propose Silver Alert legislation. Rather than implement such a system for missing seniors directly, the Senate amended pending legislation to study the issue.

The bill began as SF 857, a bill which would have created and implemented a full Silver Alert program.

According to Senator Kathy Sheran (D-Mankato): “This legislation seeks to protect seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, who are some of our most vulnerable citizens. By establishing a working group of experts to assess whether or not a system is needed in Minnesota, we’re making strides in ensuring the safety of our seniors.”

The bill remains pending in the Minnesota legislature, according to The West Central Tribune.


Missouri: Silver Haired Legislature Advocates for Silver Alert

The Missouri Silver Haired Legislature has made Silver Alert legislation one of its top legislative priorities for the 2015 session of the Missouri General Assembly.

As reported in the Fulton Sun:

A bill Baumgartner described as promising is House Bill 679, which would create a silver alert, much like an amber alert, specifically for seniors who go missing. She said a system like that can help when seniors with dementia or other illnesses go missing.

House Bill 679, sponsored by Representative Sandy Crawford (R-Lebanon) expands the Amber Alert System to include missing endangered persons, specifies the criteria for being an endangered person, and changes its name to the Amber Alert and Silver Alert System.


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