Governor Eric Holcomb on Monday at the Statehouse ceremonially signed State Rep. Sharon Negele’s (R-Attica) legislation into law expanding Silver Alerts to include missing children with disabilities.
Silver Alerts are issued by law enforcement and voluntarily broadcast by TV and radio stations when an adult with disabilities has wandered from their caregiver and is unlikely to return home without assistance. This new law authored by Negele expands the alert to include missing children with mental or physical disabilities.
On April 28, 2018, a Silver Alert was issued for 84-year-old Richard Lubelski. Lubelski went missing from Mishawaka, Indiana and was found 50 miles away in Paw Paw, Michigan.
From the story on WSBT:
SATURDAY EVENING UPDATE: UPDATE: Mishawaka police say Richard Lubelski was found in Paw Paw, Michigan and taken to a local hospital. He was expected to be reunited with his family later on Saturday. The Silver Alert has been canceled.
ORIGINAL STORY: The following release was issued around 3 a.m. Saturday morning by Indiana State Police:
A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared, repeating, a Statewide Silver Alert has been declared.
The Mishawaka Police Department is investigating the disappearance of an adult from Mishawaka, Indiana. Mishawaka, Indiana is 142 miles north of Indianapolis.
Richard J. Lubelski is an 84 year old white male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds, brown hair, and hazel eyes. He was last seen Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm in Mishawaka, Indiana and is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.
If you have any information on Richard J. Lubelski, contact the Mishawaka Police Department at 574-258-1678 or 911.
And the Mishawaka Police Department issued this release:
Mishawaka Police need help locating Richard Lubelski, an 84 year old male white , 5’6”, 150 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes, last seen wearing gray sweats on Thursday, April 26, 2018 around 12 pm in his home on E. Jefferson. Richard suffers from dementia and is known to wonder away at times and is not able to find his way back home. It is believed that Richard may have walked away from home due to his car not working and his bicycle in the shop being worked on. Richard told family members that he wanted to go LaPorte to get his bicycle. Family members are concerned for Richard’s Safety because he suffers from Dementia and needs his medicine.
Anyone with information concerning Richard Lubelski is urged to contact the Mishawaka Police Department , 574-258-1678.
On March 3, 2018 a Silver Alert was issued for 87-year-old John Graul. Graul went missing in New Palestine, Indiana and was found safe 100 miles away in Illinois.
From the story in the Greenfield Reporter:
A missing New Palestine resident was found safe in Illinois shortly after a statewide Silver Alert was declared, asking residents across the region for help finding the senior citizen.
Police say they’re still investigating why 87-year-old John Graul drove away from his home early Saturday.
A neighbor told police he’d seen lights on in Graul’s garage around 3 a.m. Saturday; he called 911 around 8:30 a.m. after finding the man’s garage door standing open, and his car missing from inside, according to emergency dispatch records.
The local sheriff’s deputies who responded to Graul’s home found tire tracks through the man’s front yard, making it look as though he’d driven off in the middle of the night.
They contacted Graul’s family and began searching the area, including checking local hospitals, records show. When Graul wasn’t located, a statewide silver alert was issued around 11:30 a.m.
Graul was found about 30 minutes later in Illinois. His family picked him up and brought him home, police said.