Advocates for seniors in South Carolina are pushing for adoption of a statewide Silver Alert program to find missing seniors, and are working with state Representative Wendell Gilliard on Silver Alert legislation.
Family members of a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s often fear that person could walk away or go missing. When they do, law enforcement responds.
“We give it everything we have. We call search and rescue. We call out helicopters. We call out dogs. We do everything humanly possible. We’ll put it on the interstate to say they’re missing, notify all local agencies and put it in NCIC,” said Sgt. Mark Bryant with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.
Bryant said South Carolina does not have a silver alert system, like one many other states do have.
“It possibly could help but I don’t know that more can be done,” Bryant said.
But Dr. Jacobo Mintzer called silver alerts “a huge resource.” Mintzer sits on the board of the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Association and is the director of the Roper St. Francis Clinical Biotechnology Research Institute.
He said he worked with local lawmakers and pushed for a silver alert system, but it hadn’t happened. Former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer also led a push for silver alerts in 2008, but said the bill lost support when the news media opposed it.
On May 10, 2014, a Silver Alert was issued for 82-year-old Herman Davis. Davis went missing in Laurens, South Carolina, and was later found safe in North Carolina.
From the news story at WCIV-4:
South Carolina state police canceled an alert for a missing Laurens County man late Saturday night after finding him in North Carolina.
Officials said Davis has family in North Carolina and Georgia.
According to the State Law Enforcement Division, 82-year-old Herman C. Davis was last seen at his home in Laurens around 2 p.m. Friday.
On October 31, 2012, a Silver Alert was issued for 79-year-old Barry Fredericks Tully. Porter went missing in Henderson, North Carolina, and was later found alive 65 miles away in Gaffney, South Carolina.
From the news story in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal:
A Silver Alert for a missing North Carolina man was canceled after members of the Gaffney Police Department located him at about 3 a.m. Thursday.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina issued a Silver Alert and asked for the public’s help to find Barry Fredericks Tully, 79, of Hendersonville.