Silver Alert Success Story: 83-year old Wisconsin Man Found in South Dakota
On July 14, 2015, a Silver Alert was issued for 83-year-old Hermes Miller. Miller went missing in Janesville, Wisconsin, and was later found safe in Redfield, South Dakota after a trip of more than 650 miles through Dubuque, Rockwell City, Iowa and Winfred, South Dakota.
From the news story at Madison.com:
An 83-year-old Janesville man has been found safe in South Dakota after being missing since Tuesday.
Hermes Miller was found in Redfield, South Dakota, Wednesday afternoon, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office said.
Miller was reported missing at 3 p.m. Tuesday, after his daughter went to his house and couldn’t find him or his minivan.
A Silver Alert was issued statewide at about 10:10 p.m. Tuesday by the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. The alert is issued for missing persons believed to have dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Sheriff Robert Spoden said the only way to track Miller’s whereabouts was through his credit card transactions, which ultimately led to South Dakota.
The transactions showed Miller was in South Wayne, Wisconsin on Tuesday afternoon, Dubuque on Tuesday night, Rockwell City, Iowa early Wednesday morning, and Winfred, South Dakota around noon on Wednesday.