On March 12, 2016, a Silver Alert was issued for 77-year-old Sonja Carte. Carte went missing in Huntington, West Virginia, and was later found safe 40 miles away in Wheelersburg, Ohio.
From the news story at WSAZ-TV:
An elderly woman who went missing out of Huntington yesterday was found by police, her caretaker Donna Sites told WSAZ.
Sites said 77 year-old Sonja Carte was taken to the hospital for evaluation after officers found her in Wheelersburg, Ohio.
A neighbor told WSAZ Carte, or “Jackie,” has friends in Sandusky and was probably on her way to see them. She said Carte has taken off before but usually just down the road.
Sites said Carte’s suffers from dementia and probably got confused along the drive.
On April 20, 2015, a Silver Alert was issued for 75-year-old Carlos Goodman. Goodman went missing in Williamson, West Virginia and was later found safe in North Carolina.
From the news story at WCYB:
We have a Silver Alert involving a man who may be driving to Abingdon.
He’s Carlos Goodman, and he has beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
West Virginia State Police say he left his home in Williamson, WV, late Saturday night. They think he may be heading to his granddaughter’s home in Abingdon.
UPDATE: Authorities in West Virginia have confirmed that Carlos Goodman has been located in North Carolina. He’s said to be in good condition.
According to the article “Silver Alert Not Just for Seniors” in The State Journal, the West Virginia Silver Alert program extends beyond missing seniors to any missing person suffering from a cognitive impairment.
The Silver Alert has been enacted several times since its inception, each time for missing senior citizens.
But according to West Virginia State Police Lt. D.L. Frye, the alert system can be enacted for anyone who is cognitively impaired, regardless of age.
“Basically, there is no age limit whatsoever,” Frye told the West Virginia Legislature’s Select Committee on PEIA, Seniors and Long-Term Care during a July 23 interim meeting. “You think it’s for older, elderly people, but it actually governs all people who are cognitively impaired. That’s key to the Silver Alert.”
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin has introduced federal legislation, the National Silver Alert Act (S.1263), which would establish a national communications network to assist efforts to assist regional and local search efforts for missing seniors and appoints a Department of Justice officer to serve as the Silver Alert Coordinator. The National Silver Alert Act would also establish minimum standards for using and disseminating alerts issued through the network.