On June 11, 2018, a Silver Alert was issued for 70-year-old Charles Dennis. Dennis was originally spotted in Walton County, Florida and was found over 150 miles away in Mobile County, Alabama.
From the story in NWF Daily News:
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office had issued a Silver Alert for 70-year-old Charles Dennis on Monday night.
UPDATE 4:15 A.M.: The 70-year-old man who was the subject of a Silver Alert last night in Walton County has been found.
According to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Charles Dennis was located by the Saraland Police Department in Mobile County, Alabama.
A Florida Silver Alert has been issued for Charles Dennis, 70, last seen in the area of Highway 331 and U.S. 98 in Walton County at 4:51 a.m. Monday. Dennis is driving a 2018 red Nissan Frontier 4-door, with a Purple Heart Georgia license plate reading EFB610. Dennis is originally from Elberton, Georgia.
Anyone with information is asked to call their local law enforcement agency (Walton County Sheriff’s Office, 850-892-8111) or call the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse at 1-888-FL-MISSING.
Alabama has become the 29th state to formally adopt a Silver Alert program to find missing seniors, thanks to efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association of Alabama and a group of dedicated nursing students from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
“UAH Gerontology nursing students felt participating in this lobby day on Capitol Hill was a way to put professionalism into practice and participate in something that could positively impact older adult clients with cognitive impairment,” said Dr. Amy Hunter, UAH Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing and Gerontology Course Manager.
HB 427 was introduced by Alabama state Representative Laura Hall (D-Huntsville). The previous existing state law said a missing senior citizen alert will go out if it meets certain guidelines. However, the Silver Alert Bill allows an alert to be sent for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia. It also requires special training for law enforcement officers who search for a missing person with the disease. HB 427 passed the Alabama House of Representatives in March 2018.
In February 2018, UAH students and faculty joined with the Alzheimer’s Association of Alabama to travel to Montgomery to lobby on behalf of HB 427. One hundred UAH nursing students and three faculty members made a pre-dawn bus trip to the Alabama State House with hopes of making a difference in the lives of patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. “It’s an opportunity to help people and that’s what nurses do,” UAH student Dawn Brown said.
“Especially when they come to a home for a domestic call, or pull someone over, we want them to be able to detect the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Brandi Medina, with the Mid South Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association.
Governor Kay Ivey signed Silver Alert legislation into law on May 21, 2018.
On April 9, 2018, a Silver Alert was issued for 80-year-old James H. Riddle. Riddle went missing in New Albany, Mississippi and was found safe 170 miles away in Snead, Alabama.
From the story in the Daily Journal:
NEW ALBANY – The subject of a statewide Silver Alert has been located and is safe.
James H. Riddle, 80, of New Albany, disappeared around lunchtime Monday driving a gray Lincoln Town Car. He was located late Tuesday night about 170 miles away in Snead, Alabama.
NEW ALBANY – The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued a Silver Alert for an 80-year-old Union County man missing since lunchtime Monday.
He was last seen wearing a red sweater, black pants and black slippers. Family members say Riddle suffers from a medical condition that may impair his judgement.