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).
Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill authorizing the new alert system. “We do know that had it been in place that there was a possibility that D’Lisa Kelley would still be with us today” said Rose.
The Department of Public Safety will be in charge of issuing these alerts.
It will serve as an alert system for missing adults ages 18 – 64, whose cases meet certain criteria. Such as: them being in “imminent danger,” and likely not voluntarily missing. The alert system will only operate in Texas, but Lasondra says she plans to push the effort nationwide.
Read more at “Texas governor authorizes AMBER Alert-style system for adults” at Fox 7 Austin.
Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) met with the family of Ashanti Billie to continue his effort to prompt the Trump administration to implement a new, nationwide Ashanti Alert for missing persons.
In a press conference in Norfolk, Senator Warner met with Brandy Billie, Ashanti’s mother. In September 2017, Ashanti Billie was abducted from a military base in Virginia Beach, and her body was found a week and a half later in Charlotte, North Carolina. Retired Navy veteran Eric Brian Brown stands accused of Billie’s kidnapping and murder. Ashanti’s death inspired the passage of the Ashanti Alert Act of 2018, creating a national alert system for missing adults not covered by Amber or Silver Alerts.
Even though it can’t save our daughter’s life any longer, it could still help save your mother, your sister, your daughter, your friend, your loved one,” said Brandy Billie, Ashanti’s mother.
The Ashanti Alert is already active on the state level, but Warner says its been delayed on the federal level by a lack of urgency from the Department of Justice.
In a press conference today, Warner said he recently sent a letter to the D.O.J. asking what the status was of the implementation of the alert. He says answer he received was not satisfactory.
“It’s a bureacratic letter that doesn’t answer my direct questions of give us a timeline, give us when we’re going to have the outreach,” said Warner. “They have named a coordinator so I will give them that, but there needs to be a sense of urgency and that sense of urgency is missing.”
The press conference is the latest in a series of steps taken by Senator Warner to pressure the Trump administration into action. In March 2019, Warner wrote to Attorney General William Barr seeking answers from the Department of Justice about the lack of progress in implementing the Ashanti Alert program.