The Illinois State Police announced that during 2018 there were 44 Silver Search advisories which led to 43 recoveries. One advisory is still active. By comparison, during 2017 there were 26 advisories.
“We are happy with the increase of the law enforcement community utilizing the resources Silver Search provides. In 2019, we look forward to expanding the reach of the program by continuing to train more first responders than ever before on this life-changing tool,” said Craig Burge, state police missing person coordinator.
“In partnership with the Silver Search Task Force, the Alzheimer’s Association is very proud to have helped reach Illinois residents all across the state with the Silver Search Alerts. The Silver Search Facebook page has reached hundreds of thousands of users and has been a fantastic tool in helping bring people home safely,” Patrick Reedy, Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter Executive Director, said. “Many positive stories have been shared, including one family whose father was found thanks to a Facebook post. “This increased awareness has been the mission of the Silver Search Task Force, which brings agencies and organizations together with the common goal of educating people on Silver Search.
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On January 16, 2019, a Silver Alert issued for 76-year-old Thomas Donnelly. Donnelly went missing in Tombstone, Arizona and was found safe over 300 miles away in Texas.
According to the news story on KVOA-TV:
The Silver Alert that was issued for a 76-year-old man dementia Wednesday has been canceled.
According to the Department of Public Safety, Thomas Donnelly was located in Texas.
Officials say he is waiting for a family member to pick him up.
On December 11, 2018, a Silver Alert issued for 83-year-old Jerry Stewart. Stewart went missing in Beloit, Kansas and was found safe over 50 miles away in Nebraska.
According to the news story on KSN-TV:
BELOIT, Kan. (KSNW) – Keith Shamburg, the missing Beloit man, was located safely in Nebraska. The Silver Alert has been canceled.
A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing 83-year-old Beloit man.
Harold “Keith” Shamburg has not been seen since he left his home around 7 p.m. Monday.
He was driving a red 2015 Lincoln MKX with a personalized tag “LILBRD.”
Shamburg is 5’10” and weighs around 175 lbs.
He has gray hair and brown eyes.
Shamburg suffers from dementia and may be confused or disoriented.