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Silver Alert Success Story: 89-year old North Carolina Man Found in South Carolina

On April 23, 2016, a Silver Alert was issued for 89-year-old Robert Clarence Boone. Boone went missing in Apex, North Carolina, and was later found safe 250 miles away in Dorchester County, South Carolina.

From the news story at WRAL-TV:

An elderly Apex man who went missing around 4 p.m. on Saturday was located by Dorchester County authorities in South Carolina Sunday evening.

Robert Clarence Boone, 89, was traveling to the Food Lion on Laura Duncan Road Saturday afternoon, according to the Boone family.

Boone’s daughter, Donna, said her father is battling with an onset of dementia.

“On a typical day like today, he would be sitting in the yard,” Donna Boone said. “He’d be talking with us, playing with the dogs and just watching the cars go by.”

Robert Boone has four children, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

“He loves his family. He sticks close to his family and he sticks close to home,” Donna Boone said. “So this is one of the reasons why it’s very disturbing.”

Officials sent out a statewide Silver Alert late Saturday night for the missing 89-year-old.

“It’s very surreal,” she said. “It’s something you see on TV. You do not expect it to be happening to your own family. It’s distressing.”



Silver Alert Success Story: 77-year old West Virginia Woman Found in Ohio

On March 12, 2016, a Silver Alert was issued for 77-year-old Sonja Carte. Carte went missing in Huntington, West Virginia, and was later found safe 40 miles away in Wheelersburg, Ohio.

From the news story at WSAZ-TV:

An elderly woman who went missing out of Huntington yesterday was found by police, her caretaker Donna Sites told WSAZ.

Sites said 77 year-old Sonja Carte was taken to the hospital for evaluation after officers found her in Wheelersburg, Ohio.

A neighbor told WSAZ Carte, or “Jackie,” has friends in Sandusky and was probably on her way to see them. She said Carte has taken off before but usually just down the road.

Sites said Carte’s suffers from dementia and probably got confused along the drive.



Wisconsin: Lottery Assists in Silver Alert Success

Since it’s launch in 20, the Wisconsin Silver Alert program has been one of the most successful in the nation. Part of it’s success is due to

According to WDJT-TV in Milwaukee:

The Wisconsin Lottery is helping to find those with Alzheimer or dementia who wander off for days. They’re teaming up with the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Silver Alert program; a Silver Alert is similar to an Amber Alert.

All Wisconsin Lottery locations throughout the state receive an alert when a Silver Alert is issued. The alert goes to more than 3,700 locations.

According to Kari Orn, Silver Alert Coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, approximately 100 Silver Alerts have been issued in Wisconsin so far. Twenty to thirty of them were found through the alert system — meaning text messages, emails, billboards, DOT signs, and the lottery terminals. Five cases have been solved through a Wisconsin Lottery terminal.

For example, in mid-February, a man in his 60s went missing in Fond du Lac. Orn says the gas station clerks were able to recognize the missing Fond du Lac man right after his Silver Alert was issued.