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A local television news crew reporting on a missing Maine man found him as they were about to shoot a live update near his home. Robert McDonough, a 73-year-old who suffers from dementia, had been missing for more than 14 hours when he walked past the WMTW News 8 crew camped out on the side of his road in rural Limington.
Originally posted by luciddream
reply to post by Havox
Whats more surprising that a news station is doing an interview for a missing man, that has only been missing for 14 hours?edit on 5/29/2013 by luciddream because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by research100
they do that on our news when a local elderly person goes missing who have dementia, it is reported that day, they try to find them quick.
Originally posted by smyleegrl
In our area they call it a "Silver Alert" as in Amber Alert for a child. It's a good idea and has saved lives.
A Silver Alert is a public notification system in the United States 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
National growth  31 states and New York City have Silver Alert or similar programs targeting missing seniors. More than 195 million people live in jurisdictions served by Silver Alert or a similar program. 22 states have missing persons recovery programs that are formally called “Silver Alert”: