Silver Alert helps prevent tragedy

Silver Alert helps prevent tragedy

A tragedy was prevented Thursday after a good Samaritan responded to a Wisconsin Department of Justice Silver Alert issued during afternoon rush hour for an 81-year-old Janesville man reported missing by his family.

The 81-year-old had left his residence around 9 a.m. in a silver 2016 Subaru Outback to go to breakfast, but never arrived. He was reported missing by his family later in the day.

DOJ issued a statewide Silver Alert after 5 p.m. Thursday. Four hours later, a DeForest citizen spotted the vehicle, which matched the one described on the Silver Alert and called law enforcement.

There was also a call about a wrong way driver, which matched the vehicle description. Thanks to the calls from citizens, the man was found safe in DeForest.

Since the Silver Alert program was implemented in August 2014, 215 alerts have been issued. The silver alert program notifies the public when an adult with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other permanent cognitive impairment is missing.