A Silver Alert is a public notification system to broadcast information about missing persons – especially seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or other mental disabilities – in order to aid in their return.
Silver Alerts use a wide array of media outlets — such as commercial radio stations, television stations, and cable TV — to broadcast information about missing persons. Silver Alerts also use variable-message signs on roadways to alert motorists to be on the lookout for missing seniors. In cases in which a missing person is believed to have gone missing on foot, Silver Alerts have used reverse 911 systems to notify nearby residents of the neighborhood surrounding the missing person’s last known location.
Activation criteria for Silver Alerts vary from state to state. Some states limit Silver Alerts to persons over the age of 65, who have been medically diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or similar mental disability. Other states expand Silver Alert to include all adults with mental of developmental disabilities. In general, the decision to Issue a Silver Alert is made by the law enforcement agency investigating the report of a missing person. Public information in a Silver Alert usually consists of the name and description of the missing person and a description of the missing person’s vehicle and license plate number.
Missing From: Fresno, California
Missing Since: 06/01/13
Age at Disappearance: 39
Date of Birth: 08/02/1971
Hair: Dark Brown
Distinguishing characteristics: Tattoos of skull and pit bull on shoulders, tattoos on both forearms of a cross and dagger, scar in center of chest, scar on right thigh, toe missing, limps on right leg
Clothing: Unknown. Wears size 30 pants and medium shirts
Details of Disappearance
Last seen on June 1, 2013. Had been in the Fresno County Jail.
Pike County Sheriff’s Office
Missing From: Society Hill, South Carolina
Missing Since: 04/30/15
Age at Disappearance: 68
Date of Birth: 02/07/47
Distinguishing characteristics: Mole under left eye and faded burn on one of his lower arms
Clothing: Green & yellow plaid shirt, Blue jeans, Blue jacket, Yellow hat and black shoes
Details of Disappearance
Last seen on April 30, 2015 on Hwy 52 between Dovesville and Society Hill, SC .
Darlington County Police Department
Missing From: Gautier, Mississippi
Missing Since: 08/30/14
Age at Disappearance: 24
Date of Birth: 03/13/90
Hair: Brown dreadlocks
Jewelry: Gold chain with cross, brown wallet, rubber bands on wrists
Tattoo: Tiger face on right shoulder
Clothing:White t-shirt. Jordan basketball shorts – black, white trim – flight on back
Details of Disappearance:
Desmond left his mother’s house on August 30, 2014 to meet friends at the Pizza Hut on Ladnier Road in Gautier, Mississippi but never made it there. The Pizza Hut is less than a mile away from his mother’s house.
His case remains unsolved.
Gautier Police Department ( Mississippi)