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.
A bill moving through the Arizona Legislature would update the Silver Alert notification system to include people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
You’ve likely received a silver alert on your phone or seen one on those electronic billboards dotting Valley freeways.
They’re issued if a person 65 or older or someone with Alzheimer’s disease goes missing.
Under the new guidelines, Senate Bill 1162 would include people with developmental or intellectual disabilities, regardless of their age.
“Wandering, or elopement as it’s sometimes called, is a problem for adults and children with developmental disabilities and certain diagnosis are more prone to it. Autism, we know for a fact, is one of the most prevalent diagnoses,” said Jon Meyers with the Arc of Arizona, a disability advocacy group.
Read more at KJZZ.
On December 29, 2017 a Silver Alert was issued for 70-year-old Lorenzo Rendon. Rendon went missing in Clovis, New Mexico found safe 720 miles away in Phoenix, Arizona.
According to the Tucson News:
The Silver Alert for Lorenzo Rendon has been canceled by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, DPS said. Rendon was located in Phoenix on Saturday morning.