Silver Alert program helps locate missing seniors

I do not have a strong sense of direction. You could drop my buddy Lee in the middle of the wilderness in Canada and he would easily find his way home. I could get lost in Memorial Park if I didn’t have my smartphone.

For example, during the summer of 1997, my wife and I went to a preseason Packer game. We parked in some guy’s front yard and proceeded to walk into Lambeau Field. On the way in, in an effort to impress her, I explained why the Pack was going to have a great year, that Brett Favre was going to have a huge season, and the team would most likely return to the Super Bowl.

Perhaps I should have been paying slightly more attention to where we parked. Our seats were on the opposite side of the stadium from the entrance we went in, so after the game I completely lost my bearings. I remembered we followed a guy in a Reggie White jersey on the way in, but after the game I couldn’t pick him out from the other 17,000 people wearing No. 92 shirts.

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NJ – ‘Gold Alert’ legislation pushed following case of missing Woolwich man |

WOOLWICH TWP. — In the wake of a two-day search for a mentally challenged township man who went missing this week, legislation introduced regarding a “Gold Alert” system similar to the Amber or Silver Alerts that currently exist is receiving positive feedback.

Michael Lawton, 35, walked away from his group home on Viereck Road Monday night. He was missing for nearly two nights before a passerby spotted him walking down Oak Grove Road around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Introduced by Assemblywoman Pamela Rosen Lampitt (D-6 of Cherry Hill), the Gold Alert bill, which would provide information to the public for help finding missing individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities, passed the Assembly Human Services Committee in May. It is modeled on the Silver Alert system, which provides similar information for missing senior citizens.

“I am deeply thankful that this individual was found quickly and was safely returned to his living facility. Fortunately, this story had a happy ending, but in such situations, that is not always the case. That’s why New Jersey needs the legislation I have proposed to create a ‘Gold Alert’ to assist the public and public safety officers in finding missing persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Lampitt said.

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Time Warner Cable Deploys Amber Alert to Cable Technicians | Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable (TWC) today announced that all of its 18,000 cable technicians around the country have been deployed with technology that allows them to receive AMBER Alerts when they are in the area of an active alert, and training to be vigilant and contact law enforcement if they see the abducted child. This new effort is part of an agreement with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), a partner of TWC. Through the TWC Eyes and Ears AMBER Alert initiative, the company becomes one of the country’s largest employers to redistribute AMBER Alerts to its workforce.

“Helping communities where our employees live and work is one of Time Warner Cable’s core values,” said Rob Marcus, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable. “Thanks to the training and technology that our technicians receive as part of our AMBER Alert initiative, we are taking important steps to help the well-being of children in communities we serve every day. I am proud of the role we are playing to protect our children and thank NCMEC for making our participation possible.”

“The AMBER Alert program is built on the idea that the eyes and ears of many are better than the eyes and ears of few in the search for an abducted child,” said NCMEC president and CEO, John Ryan. “It only takes one person to see the child and help bring them home safely. We are grateful to TWC for making the search party 18,000 people stronger.”

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Missing-persons cases rise in Camden, NJ

The reports come in – more than a dozen a week – in frantic phone calls or teary-eyed trips to the police station: My son is missing. My granddaughter never came home. He ran away again.

Sgt. Janell Simpson spends every day at work investigating missing persons cases in Camden as head of the department’s unit. She knocks on doors, passes out fliers, chases juveniles who don’t want to be found, and, in extreme circumstances, crosses state lines to bring home abducted children.

In Camden, where the streets already tally high crime numbers, missing persons cases have increased by 20 percent from the same time last year, and investigators point to the social and economic factors of the city. On average, the department is investigating nearly two missing person cases every day, most of them juvenile cases.

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Indianapolis, IN – Missing persons search held to train rescue crews | WISH-TV

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Missing person’s searches often take place in the city limits, but the effort takes a rough turn if it’s needed in the woods.

On Saturday, rescue crews from in and around Marion County held their first ever mock exercise preparing for just that: searching for someone in a rugged, unmapped area.

“We have horse patrol out here, we have our helicopter, K-9, bomb squad,” said IMPD Deputy Chief Bill Lorah.

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New York to expand database on missing adults – Times Union

ALBANY — New York police are changing the way they report cases when a mentally impaired adult is declared missing.

Police already maintain a statewide database for missing children, but reports of missing adults with mental impairments are treated differently and are often not reported to the database. That can become a problem when an adult with a condition such as Alzheimer’s disease disappears from one community and turns up, dead or alive, in another.

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NYPD conducts missing child drill in Mariners Harbor (with photos) |

STATEN ISLAND- The NYPD conducted a joint mobilization exercise to find a missing child at the Mariners Harbor Houses Friday night, according to Det. Mary Kelly.

Police officers from the 121 Precinct, auxiliary officers from all four precincts, emergency responders and a team of civilians participated in the hour-long drill, Kelly said.

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