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.
On September 12, 2018, a Silver Alert issued for 73-year-old Victoria J. Smith. Smith went missing in , Missouri and was found safe 180 miles away in Pelkin, Illinois.
According to the news story on KMBC News 9:
The Missouri Highway Patrol said a Silver Alert for a missing Morgan County woman has been canceled after she was found safe.
Victoria J. Smith, 73, was last seen in Valley Park on Wednesday evening.
Smith was supposed to going to Kansas City. She got directions in Valley Park on how to get from Interstate 44 to U.S. 50. Authorities said she was supposed to back to her home in Stover, but did not arrive.
Authorities said Smith was found safe in Pekin, Illinois.
On June 12, 2018, a Silver Alert was issued for 71-year-old Ruth Rivera. Rivera went missing from Rosendale, Wisconsin and was found 170 miles away in Elgin, Illinois.
From the story on Fox6 Now:
ROSENDALE — A Silver Alert has been canceled for a Rosendale (Fond du Lac County) woman reported missing Tuesday, June 12.
Ruth Rivera was reported to have been last seen around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities said Rivera was brought back to Rosendale by family from Elgin, Illinois, where she got into her vehicle and took off.
Again — she has been found safe.