On January 15, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety issued a report on the Need for a Silver Alert System in the State of Minnesota.The report recommended that the State of Minnesota continue to use existing missing person systems to locate missing and endangered persons.
On August 26, 2015, a Silver Alert was issued for 76-year-old Sheila Brewer. Brewer went missing in Cuba City, Wisconsin, and was later found safe at least 120 miles away in Minnesota.
From the news story at WMTV in Madison:
CUBA CITY, Wis.– A 76-year-old woman who was last seen in Cuba City Wednesday has been found safe in Minnesota.
Sheila Brewer left a relative’s home in Cuba City around 7 a.m. to drive home to St. Paul, Minnesota.
She was found safe Thursday morning.
The Minnesota Senate substantially revised propose Silver Alert legislation. Rather than implement such a system for missing seniors directly, the Senate amended pending legislation to study the issue.
The bill began as SF 857, a bill which would have created and implemented a full Silver Alert program.
According to Senator Kathy Sheran (D-Mankato): “This legislation seeks to protect seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, who are some of our most vulnerable citizens. By establishing a working group of experts to assess whether or not a system is needed in Minnesota, we’re making strides in ensuring the safety of our seniors.”
The bill remains pending in the Minnesota legislature, according to The West Central Tribune.