Silver Alert Success Story: 81-year old Kansas man found in Nebraska
On October 31, 2011, a Silver Alert was issued for 81-year-old Billy Martens. Martens went missing in Leavenworth, Kansas and was later found alive 200 miles away in Butler County, Nebraska.
From the news story in the Leavenworth Times:
Leavenworth, Kan. — An 81-year-old Leavenworth County man for whom a Silver Alert had been issued early Monday has been found.
At about 6 a.m. Monday, Billy Martens reportedly left his house at 18698 High Prairie Road in a 2010 red four-door Ford Fusion sedan. He reportedly took the car without his wife Lucille’s knowledge and is not supposed to be driving.
Martens is said to be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and might have thought he had a medical appointment at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was not carrying identification, credit cards or cash.
Leavenworth County Undersheriff Ron Cranor said earlier in the day that once the initial report was filed, Sheriff’s officers began searching a number of possible destinations for Martens and issued the Silver Alert when he was not located at any of them.
He was found before 4 p.m. the same day in Butler County, Neb., roughly 200 miles to the north of Leavenworth.