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.
The new law makes Utah the 29th state to have a Silver Alert program. Utah previously only had an Endangered Person Advisory.
HB 215 defines “endangered adult” as a person 60 years of age or older with dementia.
Utah State Representative Lee Perry has introduced H.B. 215, a bill to create a Silver Alert program in the Beehive State.
H.B. 215 requires the Department of Public Safety to develop an alert system similar to the Amber Alert System for endangered adults; and requires that the system utilize highway signage in the geographical area where the 16 person went missing. The bill defines the term “endangered adult” as a person 60 years of age or older with dementia.
Read more about Utah Silver Alert legislation at KUCW-TV.