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.
The Arizona Daily Star published an article reviewing the progress of the Silver Alert program since it’s enactment 4 years ago.
Since 2014, there have been 271 Silver Alerts in the state as of July 20, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, which oversees the program. Of the 271 alerts, 18 were found dead, including three people in Silver Alerts initiated by the Tucson Police Department, said Trooper Chrystal Moore, DPS Silver Alert coordinator.
The Silver Alert system is “a very, very successful program” because of the partnerships that include the public and media, Moore said. “Sixty percent of missing persons are found by the public and 40 percent by law enforcement,” she said.
On May 31, 2018, a Silver Alert was issued for 75-year-old Margarita Sanchez. Sanchez went missing in Gilbert, Arizona and was found safely over 300 miles away in Beaumont, California.
From the story on KTAR News:
PHOENIX — A Silver Alert issued early Thursday was canceled after a Gilbert woman with dementia was found safely the same day in California.
Margarita Sanchez, 75, who had last been seen the previous evening at her church, was located during a traffic stop in Beaumont, around 80 miles east of Los Angeles and more than 300 miles from Gilbert.
Sanchez may have left St. Anne’s Catholic Church near Elliot and Lindsay roads around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. A witness told police that Sanchez left for home but went in a direction than usual. When she didn’t come home, family members called authorities.
Sanchez, also known as Maria, is 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds, has brown eyes, silver hair and was driving a black 1998 Honda Civic.