The inaugural Silver Alert issued by the Utah Department of Public Safety ended in the safe return of a missing senior after a journey of 1600 miles.
On June 11, 2019, a Silver Alert was issued for 80-year-old Robert Jones. Jones went missing in Orem, Utah and was found safe in Wilder, Idaho, after a 1600-mile journey through Idaho, Oregon and Nevada.
According to ABC 4 in Salt Lake City, Jones drove from Orem to Pendleton, Oregon, then Stanfield, Oregon, then retracing his route to Mountain Home, Idaho before heading south to Winnemucca, Nevada. Jones was finally located in Wilder, Idaho three hours after the Silver Alert was issued.
On March 28, 2017, a Silver Alert was issued for 81-year-old Vito Episcopo. Episcopo went missing in Delavan, Wisconsin and was found safe 1,700 miles away in Nevada.
From the story on WKOW:
A Silver Alert for 81-year-old Vito Episcopo has now been canceled.
Mr. Episcopo was found safe in Nevada.
DELAVAN (WKOW) — A statewide Silver Alert has been issued for a missing 81-year-old Walworth County man.
Vito Episcopo was last seen Monday evening around 5:30, in Delavan, driving a white 2015 Ford Escape with Wisconsin plates of 116-MWW.
Mr. Episcopo stands 5’10” and is 240 pounds. He has hazel eyes and brown, unkempt hair. He also wears eyeglasses.
Episcopo does have a medical condition which he needs medication for survival. This medication is not with him.
He does have family in Darien, Illinois and he is known to frequent Midway Airport.