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Silver Alert Success Story: 89-Year-Old Went Missing in Texas, Found in New Mexico

On February 2, 2017, a Silver Alert issued for 89-year-old Virginia Foltz. Foltz went missing in El Paso, Texas and was later found safe 50 miles away in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

According to the news story on KFOX-TV

A Silver Alert issued for an 89-year-old woman last seen in El Paso on Thursday was cancelled hours after the alert was sent out.

Police said Virginia Foltz, 89, was at a local car dealership with her husband. Her husband thought she was following him in a 2012 Hyundai Sonata, but when he returned to Las Cruces, Foltz wasn’t behind him.

Police said Foltz suffers from dementia.

She was found in Las Cruces, police said.


Silver Alert Success Story: 82-Year-Old Wisconsin Man Found in Illinois

On January 5, 2017, a Silver Alert issued for 82-year-old Charles Istvanek. Istvanek went missing in Kenosha, Wisconsin and was later found safe in Illinois.

From the story on Fox 6 Milwaukee:

KENOSHA — A Silver Alert was issued for an 82-year-old man missing from Kenosha on Thursday, January 5th.

There was concern after Charles Istvanek was following his daughter back to his own home on Thursday afternoon and he got lost.

Istvanek was located in Illinois — along with his dog, Cinnamon.

Both are safe, and the Silver Alert has been canceled.


Missouri Lawmakers Pre-File Silver Alert Bill

Missouri lawmakers have pre-filed legislation to create a statewide Silver Alert. House Bill 186 was pre-filed by Representative Keith Frederick (R-Rolla). The bill would create a Silver Alert to aid in the identification and location missing endangered persons. HB 186 defines an endangered person as someone who is missing under unexplained, involuntary, or suspicious circumstances; and is believed to be in danger because of age, guardianship, health, mental or physical disability, environmental or weather conditions; or is in the company of a potentially dangerous person or is affected by some other factor that may put the individual in peril.

From a news story on KSPR-TV.

An alert system could help Johnson’s grandfather makes it home faster, like the Amber Alerts would if her children were missing.

“There wouldn’t be any reason not to have it. Think if it was your loved one that was out you would want someone doing something to help find them,” she says.

You could also see alerts pop up when an officer is assaulted or hurt on lighted signs and your smartphone with details on who did it and where they could be.

Lawmakers are working on this as part of the Amber Alert System with another bill recently filed.

The next session for Missouri lawmakers starts next month.