The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has launched a review of the Tennessee Silver Alert program, according to TBI Director David Rausch.
“The review will also include looking at best practices throughout the country on how these programs are structured and implemented, as we would want any system in Tennessee to be a model for others considering this effort,” Rausch said.
The review comes after a Hamilton County family criticized current Silver Alert protocols in Tennessee. The family of Geneva Atkins has advocated for a more robust Silver Alert system after Mrs. Atkins was found deceased after a search of several days. In the case of Mrs. Atkins, a Silver Alert was not issued until 24 hours after she had gone missing.
Campbell says if people had known to be on the lookout for her mother sooner, they wouldn’t be planning her funeral today.
“If we can put the same emphasis on the Silvers as we do the Amber Alert, then my mom could have been found within minutes,” said Campbell.
She wants to construct a data-base for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients: after a diagnosis,that information would go local law enforcement (with the patient’s permission).
On May 29, 2019, a Silver Alert was issued for 74-year-old Walter Webber. Webber went missing in Nashville, Tennessee and was safe 65 miles away in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
According to the news story on WSMV-TV:
A 74-year-old man with Alzheimer’s Disease subject of a silver alert overnight has been found unharmed outside of Bowling Green, KY on I-65.
According to investigators, Walter Webber had run out of gas and was confused. He will soon be reunited with his family.
On May 16, 2019, a Silver Alert was issued for 14-year-old Shayden Howard. Howard went missing in Garrett, Indiana and was safe 500 miles away in Hamilton County, Tennessee.
According to the news story on WTVB:
A 14 year old boy from Garrett, Indiana, who has been missing for over two weeks was found safe Tuesday night in Hamilton County, Tennessee.
Indiana State Police say Shayden D. Howard was reported missing to the Garrett Police Department by his parents on May sixth. A Silver Alert was issued by Indiana authorities last Thursday.
Additional information led investigators to believe Howard might be in the company of 36 year old Larry E. Taylor of Garrett, although their whereabouts were still unknown.