On September 29, 2019, a Silver Alert was issued for 80-year-old couple Jane and William Wallace. The Wallaces went missing in Plymouth, Indiana and was safe 100 miles away in Chicago, Illinois.
According to the news story on WNDU-TV:
PLYMOUTH, Ind. (WNDU) – The Silver Alert for a missing Plymouth couple has been canceled.
Marshall County police say William and Jane Wallace have been safely located in Chicago.
16 News Now has learned the family is on their way to pick up the couple. .
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Police in Plymouth are seeking the public’s help to ensure the safe return of William and Jane Wallace.
A Silver Alert was issued Sunday morning for the couple and their 2014 gray Ford Fusion.
William is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes.
Jane is 5 feet, 1 inch and weighs about 100 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes.
William and Jane are both 80 years old. Both are said to be experiencing suspected symptoms of early dementia.
On Monday at the Wallace home in Plymouth, there were papers on the porch and mail bursting out of the box by the front door.
“I have no words. I will be saying some prayers for them and hope for their safe return, and if anybody knows, I’ll be more than happy to go get them,” neighbor Terry Maas said.
On August 6, 2019, a Silver Alert was issued for 86-year-old Grace Koath. Koath went missing near Algonquin, Illinois and was found safe 80 miles away in Milton, Wisconsin.
According to the Janesville Gazette:
Authorities have canceled a Silver Alert for an 86-year-old Illinois woman who was spotted in Milton, Wisconsin, on Wednesday morning.
Grace Koath was reported missing from her home in Algonquin, Illinois, on Tuesday, according to the statewide alert.
Koath used a bank card at the Mini Mart in Milton at 9:11 a.m. Wednesday. She asked a clerk at the store for directions to nearby Edgerton, according to the alert.
Koath was found safe, according to an update issued at 3:06 p.m. Wednesday.
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.
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