On July 27, 2015, a Silver Alert was issued for 79-year-old Merittie Turner. Turner went missing in Flagstaff, Arizona and was found safe 500 miles away in Tucumcari, New Mexico.
From the news story on KFOR-TV:
Update: Police say Merittie Turner has been located. She was found in Tucumcari, New Mexico.
FLAGSTAFF, AZ. — Police are looking for 79-year-old Merittie Turner. Merittie was last seen in Flagstaff, Arizona on July 24, 2015. She was reported missing at 8 a.m. She is described as a white female; she was last seen wearing a light colored blouse with black pants.
Police say she is driving a gold 4-door Pontiac Bonneville with an Oklahoma license plate.
Merittie has a heart condition, police say.
She was reportedly on her way to Mannford, Oklahoma, but never arrived.
If you know of Merittie’s whereabouts or see someone who matches her description, please call police.
On November 1, 2013, a Silver Alert was issued for 89 year-old Howard Campbell. Campbell went missing in Kermit, Texas and was later found safe 300 miles away in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
From the news story on KWES-TV Channel 9:
We have an update on the silver alert that was issued for a missing Kermit man.
The Kermit Police Department tells NewsWest 9, 89-year-old Howard Campbell was located in Las Cruces, New Mexico around 6:30 p.m. Friday evening.
We’re told Campbell is ok and Kermit Police are making arrangements for Campbell to be picked up by family.
On July 1, 2013, the New Mexico Silver Alert program went into effect. Governor Susana Martinez praised the program as a way to “protect seniors who might not be able to protect themselves.”
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican:
New Mexico implemented a new statewide Silver Alert warning system Monday to help in helping find missing people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Similar to the Amber Alert program for abducted children, the Silver Alert system provides for emergency distribution of notices when someone 50 years or older is missing and has a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s.
Gov. Susana Martinez praised the new law during a news conference in Albuquerque, only hours after an alert by police in the state’s largest city helped in locating a 71-year-old man who had been reported missing by his family Monday morning.