On October 11, 2019, a Silver Alert was issued for 88-year-old James Skinnell. Skinnell went missing in Del City, Oklahoma and was found safe 200 miles away in Arlington, Texas.
According to the news story on KOKH-TV:
DEL CITY, Okla (KOKH) — Update: Police say Mr. Skinnell was found safe in Arlington, TX. — The Del City Police Department is asking for your help finding an elderly man who is in trouble. Police have told FOX 25 News they are looking for 88-year old James Skinnell. Skinnell was last heard from Thursday evening and was found to be missing by his son Friday monring. His son told police both Skinnell and his dog were not at the home at 9:30 am but his dog was found wandering the area by a neighbor.
Senator Mark Warner has been a tireless champion of missing persons and a strong advocate for implementation of the Ashanti Alert Act of 2018.
In March, Warner wrote to Attorney General William Barr, seeking an update on implementation of Ashanti Alert within the U.S. Department of Justice.
In early April, Warner urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund the Ashanti Alert program in order to speed its creation and implementation.
In late April, Warner met with the family of Ashanti Billie in Norfolk and urged the Trump administration to take expedited action on the implementation of Ashanti Alert.
In July, Senator Warner met with Deputy Attorney General Katherine Sullivan to discuss steps to implement the Ashanti Alert program within the U.S. Department of Justice. But following the meeting, further implementation was delayed, prompting Warner to increase his criticism of the Justice Department.
“The delayed implementation of this critical public safety program is costing lives,” wrote Warner in his letter. “In our meeting, Ms. Sullivan had shared with me a number of concrete steps she would be taking to speed up implementation, and relayed she understood the importance of getting this alert system up and running in each state. However, in the two months since that meeting, there has been little progress on any of the items we spoke about. As well, the department has subsequently failed to provide my office with any tangible updates or information in follow up emails.”
On September 29, 2019, a Silver Alert was issued for 80-year-old couple Jane and William Wallace. The Wallaces went missing in Plymouth, Indiana and was safe 100 miles away in Chicago, Illinois.
According to the news story on WNDU-TV:
PLYMOUTH, Ind. (WNDU) – The Silver Alert for a missing Plymouth couple has been canceled.
Marshall County police say William and Jane Wallace have been safely located in Chicago.
16 News Now has learned the family is on their way to pick up the couple. .
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Police in Plymouth are seeking the public’s help to ensure the safe return of William and Jane Wallace.
A Silver Alert was issued Sunday morning for the couple and their 2014 gray Ford Fusion.
William is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes.
Jane is 5 feet, 1 inch and weighs about 100 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes.
William and Jane are both 80 years old. Both are said to be experiencing suspected symptoms of early dementia.
On Monday at the Wallace home in Plymouth, there were papers on the porch and mail bursting out of the box by the front door.
“I have no words. I will be saying some prayers for them and hope for their safe return, and if anybody knows, I’ll be more than happy to go get them,” neighbor Terry Maas said.