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31
May

Arizona Family Offers Thanks For Silver Alert Program

In response to a recent successful Silver Alert across state lines, the family of a missing Arizona man has written a letter to the local newspaper expressing gratitude for the Silver Alert program.

On May 15, 2018, Arizona State Police issued a Silver Alert for 75-year-old Don Stombres. Stombres went missing in Scottsdale, Arizona and was found 400 miles away in Burbank, California.

From the oped in the Scottsdale Independent:

On the evening of May 15, Don found a spare set of keys and made a decision to surprise his wife by picking up dinner for her when she returned from an evening meeting. And so, began Don’s interstate adventure.

Thanks to the city of Scottsdale and the amazing resources of the Arizona Silver Alert System, our beloved Don was found in Burbank, Calif. and brought safely home. The Scottsdale Police Department responded to the first call from my sister in less than 10 minutes.

This letter is to share not only our experience but our gratitude to the public service agencies involved and to testify that the Arizona Silver Alert System is a model program which should be implemented nationwide.

When citizens invest in public service, they are served. When we stop serving our nation’s neediest- our elderly and our children- we lose sight of what we should value as a society.

19
May

Silver Alert Success Story: 75-Year-Old Arizona Man Found In California

On May 15, 2018, Arizona State Police issued a Silver Alert for 75-year-old Don Stombres. Stombres went missing in Scottsdale, Arizona and was found 400 miles away in Burbank, California.

According to the news story on KOLD-TV:

A missing Scottsdale man was found safe in California after his vehicle ran out of gas, state police said. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said Donald Stombres, 75, was picked up by the Burbank Police Department around 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. DPS said Stombres is in good health and will be reunited with his family in Arizona.

9
Feb

Arizona Legislation Would Enhance Silver Alert

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.