Wisconsin Marks 1st Anniversary of Silver Alert: 8 Lives Saved
August 1st marks the first anniversary of the Wisconsin Silver Alert program. In its first year of existence the Wisconsin Silver Alert, officials have issued 47 alerts in the state, and 8 safe retrievals were directly attributed to Silver Alert. Of the 47 Alerts issued, four seniors died and one remains missing.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette shared a moving story of one of the seniors located thanks to Silver Alert:
A relatively new Wisconsin law, and a lottery machine, helped save an 84-year-old man who had gone missing.
Patrick Looby was the subject of a Silver Alert — kind of an all-points bulletin issued when a senior citizen is reported missing — after he disappeared en route to a suburban Milwaukee diner earlier this year. When a confused Looby wandered into a store in a neighboring town, a store clerk who had seen the alert on a lottery machine notified authorities. Looby and his wife, Jean, were reunited.
“If it hadn’t been for the Silver Alert, I don’t know what we would have done,” Jean Looby told a Milwaukee television station.