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Criteria for a Silver Alert

 

For a Silver Alert to be issued, the following criteria must be met:

  • Missing individual is driving a car or lost on foot, and
  • Missing person is 60 years or older, and
  • There is a clear indication that the individual has an irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease). This must be verified by law enforcement.

 OR 

  • Missing individual is driving a car or lost on foot, and
  • Missing person is 18 to 59 years of age, and
  • Missing person has irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties and
  • Use of dynamic message signs may be the only way to rescue the missing person.

 
Indicators of Alzheimer’s disease for law enforcement are generally obtained by asking the caregiver if:

  • Missing person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorder
  • Missing person has significant memory loss
  • Missing person has experienced major changes in their ability to make decisions and conduct life affairs
  • Missing person has been prescribed medications for memory problems or Alzheimer’s disease