On April 25, 2018 a Silver Alert was issued for 91-year-old Bernard Calvin Allen. Allen went missing in Columbia, Maryland and was found safe the same day in Virginia.
From the story on WJLA:
UPDATE: Bernard Calvin Allen has been found safe and unharmed in Virginia, according to Howard County police.
A silver alert has been issued by police after a 91-year-old man went missing Wednesday.
Bernard Calvin Allen, of Jessup, Maryland, was last seen around 5 a.m. in the 5900 block of Harpers Farm Road in Columbia but may have made it as far as Springfield, Virginia, Howard County police said.
Allen is believed to be driving a red 2017 Chevy Sonic with Maryland tags 88390HD, according to police.
Police said he may be confused and is in need of time-sensitive medication. He also is said to have age-related health concerns.
As described by police, Allen is a 5-foot-9, 205-pound black male with brown eyes and gray hair and mustache. When last seen, he was wearing a brown sweater, blue checkered shirt, gray pants, baseball hat and glasses.
Anyone who sees Allen or his vehicle is asked to call 911.
Following in the footsteps of similar legislation in the Virginia General Assembly, Congressman Scott Taylor (R-VA) has introduced federal Ashanti Alert legislation.
The bill, H.R. 5075, the Ashanti Alert Act of 2018, would help local and regional law enforcement efforts to search for missing adults. Modeled after the “Amber Alert”, this legislation would utilize a wide array of media outlets – such as commercial radio stations, television stations, and cable television – to broadcast information about missing persons. The alert applies to persons between the ages of 18 and 65, with the decision to issue the alert made by the law enforcement agency investigating the missing persons report.
H.R. 5075 has the bipartisan support of Representatives Lamar Smith (TX-21), David Cicilline (RI-01), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08).
“Giving law enforcement the similar ability of an Amber alert, but for missing adults will rapidly bring government and public resources to bear,” said Congressman Scott Taylor. “This legislation will, no doubt, save lives and help prevent future tragedies. Sometimes lessons learned come from the worst case scenarios, such as the Ashanti Billie case, but from the dark we can help bring light.”
“I appreciate the efforts by my colleagues to offer this legislation that helps law enforcement to better track missing persons and serve their communities,” stated Congressman Smith.
“The Ashanti Alert Act is a bipartisan, commonsense step to improve public safety. Passing this bill will make it easier to quickly inform the public and law enforcement agencies about people who go missing,” said Cicilline. “I’m proud to be introducing this bill with Congressman Taylor.”
“We already have emergency alert systems to help us locate missing children and senior citizens, but what about missing and endangered adults? This bipartisan proposal gives state and local law enforcement the tools to issue emergency alerts for people between 18 and 65 who go missing. I’m proud to join Congressman Taylor and other colleagues in introducing this legislation that we hope will help our families and save lives,” said Representative Raskin.
On November 26, 2018, a Silver Alert issued for 79-year-old Richard Gibbons. Gibbons went missing in Matthews, North Carolina and was found safe 130 miles away in Galax, Virginia.
According to the news story in the Charlotte Observer:
The 79-year-old man with cognitive disabilities who went missing Sunday in Matthews, North Carolina, has been found — 130 miles up Interstate 77 in Virginia, reports the Matthews Police Department.
Richard Michael Gibbons’ whereabouts were discovered at 3 a.m. Monday, when the vehicle he was driving got into in a car crash in Galax, Virginia, said a police press release.
A Silver Alert had been issued Sunday by North Carolina officials seeking tips on his location.