Silver Alerts: Amber Alerts For Missing Senior Citizens

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There's a new push to issue Silver Alerts when Kansas senior citizens can't be found, similar to Amber Alerts used for missing children.

The idea with any widely-used alert is to get as many people notified as possible, from the general public to law enforcement, to be on the lookout for someone who has gone missing.

Eighty-seven-year-old Jack Howe went missing from his Winfield home on August 1st. If there had been a Silver Alert established in Kansas, it would have been used to help alert the public quickly about his disappearance.

"I think that the Amber Alert has been a very efficient way of finding
children and certainly could be a life saving tool for an older adult who
has wandered off or is lost," said Monica Cissell, Sedgwick County Department on Aging.

Jack Howe's pickup was later found in Grant County. Unfortunately, Howe was later found dead in a corn field.

It's disappearances like this which has the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature backing a state Silver Alert.

The Silver Alert would reach more people and result in more eyes looking than without.

The Silver Alert is a resolution unanimously passed by the Silver Haired Legislature. Look for them to encourage the Kansas Legislature to pass Silver Alert legislation when lawmakers convene in January in Topeka.

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