On July 25, 2019, a Silver Alert was issued for 89-year-old Wesley Collins. Collins went missing in Nowata County, Oklahoma and was safe 150 miles away in Wichita, Kansas.
According to the news story on KTUL-TV:
UPDATE: Collins’ family says he was found safe in Wichita, Kansas.
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – The Nowata County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Silver Alert for 89-year-old Wesley Collins.
He was last seen around 11 a.m. on Thursday.
The American Silver Alert Coalition was the subject of a recent profile by Considerable.com regarding the growth of Silver Alerts in the United States.
The requirements for a Silver Alert vary from state to state. Wyeth Ruthven, executive director at the American Silver Alert Coalition, told Considerable, “The key differential is the qualifying criteria for an endangered senior or adult. Some states require prior medical documentation of a mental or developmental impairment. Others apply to anyone over the age of 65. Still others apply to any adult of any age.”
Read more at Considerable.com.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has launched a review of the Tennessee Silver Alert program, according to TBI Director David Rausch.
“The review will also include looking at best practices throughout the country on how these programs are structured and implemented, as we would want any system in Tennessee to be a model for others considering this effort,” Rausch said.
The review comes after a Hamilton County family criticized current Silver Alert protocols in Tennessee. The family of Geneva Atkins has advocated for a more robust Silver Alert system after Mrs. Atkins was found deceased after a search of several days. In the case of Mrs. Atkins, a Silver Alert was not issued until 24 hours after she had gone missing.
Campbell says if people had known to be on the lookout for her mother sooner, they wouldn’t be planning her funeral today.
“If we can put the same emphasis on the Silvers as we do the Amber Alert, then my mom could have been found within minutes,” said Campbell.
She wants to construct a data-base for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients: after a diagnosis,that information would go local law enforcement (with the patient’s permission).