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January 16, 2015

California: Silver Alert Program Marks 2-Year Anniversary

by silveralertbill

A recent article in the Orange County Register reviews the progress of the California Silver Alert program on its 2-year anniversary.

The American Silver Alert Coalition praised California for its successful adoption of Silver Alert:

The American Silver Alert Coalition reports that 26 states have adopted Silver Alert programs, and nine others have similar missing-seniors programs. Executive Director Wyeth Ruthven said since 2009, the coalition has documented 83 cases in 17 states where seniors have gone missing in one state and been located in another.

The article pointed to a high success rate among California Silver Alerts:

Data from the CHP show that in the program’s first year 161 Silver Alerts were issued statewide, with one case still open. Nelson said the remaining cases have been closed, and all subjects were located. In 2014, 164 Silver Alerts were issued, Nelson said, with three cases still open. All other subjects from the 2014 activations were located, he said.

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