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June 15, 2019

Tennessee Reviews Silver Alert System After Family Urges Improvements

by silveralertbill

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has launched a review of the Tennessee Silver Alert program, according to TBI Director David Rausch.

“The review will also include looking at best practices throughout the country on how these programs are structured and implemented, as we would want any system in Tennessee to be a model for others considering this effort,” Rausch said.

The review comes after a Hamilton County family criticized current Silver Alert protocols in Tennessee. The family of Geneva Atkins has advocated for a more robust Silver Alert system after Mrs. Atkins was found deceased after a search of several days. In the case of Mrs. Atkins, a Silver Alert was not issued until 24 hours after she had gone missing.

Campbell says if people had known to be on the lookout for her mother sooner, they wouldn’t be planning her funeral today.

“If we can put the same emphasis on the Silvers as we do the Amber Alert, then my mom could have been found within minutes,” said Campbell.

She wants to construct a data-base for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients: after a diagnosis,that information would go local law enforcement (with the patient’s permission).

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