Silver Alert Success Story: 71-Year-Old New Jersey Man Found in Maine
The latest example of a Silver Alert success story is the case of a 71-year-old man who went missing in North Bergen, New Jersey and was found four states away in Maine.
The man went missing in North Bergen, New Jersey on February 9, after picking up his car from the mechanic. Rather than drive back to his senior living residence, he got on the interstate and headed north.
According to Aimee Focaraccio, coordinator of local assistance program NB CARES, the North Bergen police contacted her because of her work reaching out to people in need. “What happened was, early Friday morning, one of the women from the senior building, she reported her husband and her car missing,” Focaraccio said. “They had been trying to reach him, calling him all day, and he wasn’t answering his phone.”
A Silver Alert for the man was also issued. That alert focuses mainly on seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other mental disabilities. North Bergen police remained in contact with Maine law enforcement through the ordeal. “The state troopers found him, and he was extremely disoriented,” Focaraccio said. The troopers contacted NBPD, and brought the man to a hospital.
The full story is recounted in the Hudson Reporter.