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17
Feb

Illinois Silver Search Releases Recovery Statistics for 2018

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.

Read more about this story in the La Salle News Tribune.

11
Feb

Alexandria Resident Praises Senator Warner, Rep. Beyer for Ashanti Alert

Senator Mark Warner and Representative Don Beyer were praised in a recent letter in the Alexandria Gazette Packet for their support of the federal Ashanti Alert Act.
As a conservative who rarely agrees with the votes of our Democrat senators and congressman, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Senators Warner and Kaine and Congressman Beyer for their roles in the bipartisan efforts promoting the Ashanti Alert Act through Congress. President Trump signed it into law on Dec. 31, 2018.

This new law (in case you haven’t heard) is basically the institution of an Amber Alert type of system for adults (aged 18 – 65) who have been reported as missing but are too old for an Amber Alert and too young for a Silver Alert.

The law is named for the beautiful, young victim Ashanti Billie of Norfolk, Va. who went missing in 2017 and was found in North Carolina having been murdered by a stranger. GOP Congressman Scott Taylor (R-VA) met with Ashanti’s family, introduced the bill and moved it through the House of Representatives.

Now that it is law, it could make the difference between life and death for endangered missing persons across our country when implemented. It will also presumably be an important tool in catching criminals who have abducted their victims for nefarious purposes such as rape, murder, or sex trafficking. This new law is a very big deal.

4
Feb

Utah Legislator Introduces Silver Alert Bill

Utah State Representative Lee Perry has introduced H.B. 215, a bill to create a Silver Alert program in the Beehive State.

H.B. 215 requires the Department of Public Safety to develop an alert system similar to the Amber Alert System for endangered adults; and requires that the system utilize highway signage in the geographical area where the 16 person went missing. The bill defines the term “endangered adult” as a person 60 years of age or older with dementia.

Read more about Utah Silver Alert legislation at KUCW-TV.