On August 1, 2018, Silver Alert was issued for 86-year-old James Shellum. Shellum went missing in Burnsville, Minnesota and was found safe 200 miles away in Wood County, Wisconsin.
According to the news story on WDJT CBS 58:
UPDATED: WOOD COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) — A Silver Alert for a missing Minnesota man last seen in Wisconsin has been canceled.
Mr. Shellum was found safe in Wood County.
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PEWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) — Authorities are asking for help to find a missing Minnesota man who was last seen in Wisconsin.
Investigators say 86-year-old James Shellum was last seen by a passerby near I-94 and Redford Road in Pewaukee. The vehicle he was in was seen exiting southbound on Redford Road between 11:00 and 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday.
Shellum is from Burnsville Minnesota and went missing Tuesday evening. Police say he used a bank card at a BP gas station in Mauston, Wisconsin around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday. He told the clerk he was headed back to Minnesota but has not arrived.
On June 12, 2018, a Silver Alert was issued for 71-year-old Ruth Rivera. Rivera went missing from Rosendale, Wisconsin and was found 170 miles away in Elgin, Illinois.
From the story on Fox6 Now:
ROSENDALE — A Silver Alert has been canceled for a Rosendale (Fond du Lac County) woman reported missing Tuesday, June 12.
Ruth Rivera was reported to have been last seen around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities said Rivera was brought back to Rosendale by family from Elgin, Illinois, where she got into her vehicle and took off.
Again — she has been found safe.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore has introduced H.R. 5945, the Corey Adams Searchlight Act. The bill would establish a national communications network, to be known as the Green Alert communications network, within the Department of Justice to provide assistance to regional and local search efforts for missing veterans.
“Too many veterans put their lives on the line for this country without receiving the support and resources they need in return,” said Congresswoman GwenMoore. “This bill, modeled after Wisconsin’s Green Alert program, takes an important step forward in ensuring our nation’s veterans receive the care and respect they so greatly deserve. It took eight days too long for Air Force Veteran Corey Adams to qualify for a missing persons alert. It’s my hope that this bill prevents tragedies of this nature from happening again. It’s Congress’s duty to protect veteran’s and their families.”
Wisconsin television news WDJT-CBS 58 explains the tragic story of Corey Adams, and the efforts to adopt Green Alerts to find missing veterans.
Corey Adams family says Memorial Day is difficult for them, after his disappearance in March 2017.
“He just left my parents home,” Corey’s sister Carmen said. “And my dad went to file a police report. They wouldn’t label him critically missing for eight days.”
That’s because Adams didn’t fit any criteria for a public alert, despite being a veteran diagnosed with PTSD and bipolar disorder. He was found deceased in a lagoon 18 days later.
“I was thoroughly upset about that,” Corey’s mother Gwendolyn said. “And I said, you know what, we’re going to have to do something about that.”