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Silver Alert Success Story: 79-year-old Arizona woman found in New Mexico

On July 27, 2015, a Silver Alert was issued for 79-year-old Merittie Turner. Turner went missing in Flagstaff, Arizona and was found safe 500 miles away in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

From the news story on KFOR-TV:

Update: Police say Merittie Turner has been located. She was found in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

FLAGSTAFF, AZ. — Police are looking for 79-year-old Merittie Turner. Merittie was last seen in Flagstaff, Arizona on July 24, 2015. She was reported missing at 8 a.m. She is described as a white female; she was last seen wearing a light colored blouse with black pants.

Police say she is driving a gold 4-door Pontiac Bonneville with an Oklahoma license plate.

Merittie has a heart condition, police say.

She was reportedly on her way to Mannford, Oklahoma, but never arrived.

If you know of Merittie’s whereabouts or see someone who matches her description, please call police.


Silver Alert Success Story: 83-year old Wisconsin Man Found in South Dakota

On July 14, 2015, a Silver Alert  was issued for 83-year-old Hermes Miller. Miller went missing in Janesville, Wisconsin, and was later found safe in Redfield, South Dakota after a trip of more than 650 miles through Dubuque, Rockwell City, Iowa and Winfred, South Dakota.

From the news story at

An 83-year-old Janesville man has been found safe in South Dakota after being missing since Tuesday.

Hermes Miller was found in Redfield, South Dakota, Wednesday afternoon, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office said.

Miller was reported missing at 3 p.m. Tuesday, after his daughter went to his house and couldn’t find him or his minivan.

A Silver Alert was issued statewide at about 10:10 p.m. Tuesday by the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. The alert is issued for missing persons believed to have dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Sheriff Robert Spoden said the only way to track Miller’s whereabouts was through his credit card transactions, which ultimately led to South Dakota.

The transactions showed Miller was in South Wayne, Wisconsin on Tuesday afternoon, Dubuque on Tuesday night, Rockwell City, Iowa early Wednesday morning, and Winfred, South Dakota around noon on Wednesday.



Illinois: Silver Alert Legislation Heads to the Governor

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) establishing comprehensive procedures to locate missing adults suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia passed the General Assembly and awaits action from the governor.

“Thousands of Illinois baby boomers become senior citizens every year,” Mautino said. “This increases the likelihood that a larger percentage of Illinois residents will suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia.”

Read more in the Illinois Valley News-Tribune.


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