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Origins & importance of Silver Alert

Updated: Jun 21


Photo provided by North Carolina Department of Public Safety

By Chief Kendra Brown

For The Southwestern


The last few weeks I have covered Amber Alerts for children and also missing adults. Next week I’ll cover unidentified persons. However, this week the focus is on the senior citizens that go missing.


Oklahoma began Silver Alerts for the United States. Silver Alerts were first introduced by Oklahoma in 2005 by Oklahoma State Representative Fred Perry. The bill was passed in 2006, and made permanent in 2009. The original idea came from the Silver-Hair Legislature advocacy group, led by Dorothy Cassel.


A typical media outlet broadcast will include as much information as possible to help identify the missing. The notification may feature info about the missing senior (name, age, race, clothing, gender, time, location and date missing). It will also list vehicle information (tag, make, model , year, color), and whom to contact.


If you have a missing senior, or any questions, please contact SWOSU Police at 580-774-3111.

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