Silver Alert May Save Lives When WVa Adults Vanish

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

eds: Apnewsnow.
Buckhannon, W.Va. (Ap) -- West Virginia's New Silver Alert Program -- an amber alert for adults -- may have already saved a life.

Law enforcement agencies can now issue alerts for missing senior citizens, alzheimer's patients or other adults with dementia.

Police say the program was used for the first time last weekend, when an 89-year-old Upshur County man went missing.

He was found less than 48 hours later, dehydrated and cold.

At least 15 states have adopted some version of the silver alert program.

In West Virginia, it has no age limit, but authorities will only issue alerts for adults with cognitive disabilities.

The law defines those as deficiencies in short- or long-term memory, deductive or abstract reasoning, or judgment about personal safety.

(Copyright 2009 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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