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January 16, 2012

Kentucky Silver Alert Success Stories

by silveralertbill

As part of a recent article “Alerts aid in he search for missing Louisville adults,” the Louisville Courier-Journal reported on several recent Golden Alert success stories in Kentucky. Golden Alert is the Kentucky version of the Silver Alert program.

Oliver Pearson, 74, who police say has advanced Alzheimer’s, was reported missing by his caregiver Feb. 13. Witnesses reported seeing him walking away from his Dosker Manor apartment in downtown Louisville. Motorists alerted police, who found him at 5:30 the next morning walking on the shoulder of Interstate 64 near I-65. He was returned home safely.

The disappearance of Shelbyville’s Maxine Ethington, 87, came just weeks after Kentucky enacted the Golden Alert law. The great-grandmother with dementia had not driven in three years, but on Sunday night, May 25, 2008, she drove her Buick Century from her Shelbyville home, touching off a massive search. Several weeks later, her body was found 16 miles away in eastern Jefferson County.

Police concluded that Ethington had driven the car over a steep ravine and crashed against a tree. Her body was found nearby. While her children had taken the car keys away, they found nine sets at their mother’s home later. “She had memory problems, but she was sharp in some ways,” son Donnie Ethington said.

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