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Indiana State Police to Implement Silver Alert Plan

Indianapolis – During the regular 2009 Indiana legislative session Senate Bill 307 - commonly referred to as the Silver Alert Bill - was passed and will become effective July 1, 2009. This new law addresses concerns related to Missing Endangered Adults, as defined by Indiana Code 12-7-2-131.3 and a High Risk Person, as defined by Indiana Code 5-2-17-1.

Persons reported as missing that meet the requirements for a Silver Alert will be listed on the new Silver Alert web site located at http://www.silveralert.in.gov/

There are two types of Silver Alerts: Statewide and Regional. For a statewide Silver Alert a vehicle must be involved or other exceptional circumstances must be present to warrant a statewide Silver Alert, such as an abduction. If a vehicle is not involved and all other relevant criteria are met then a regional Silver Alert will be initiated.

Indiana Silver Alert Criteria (Expanded criteria information is available at  http://www.in.gov/silveralert/2331.htm)

  1. The person must be eighteen (18) years old or older.
  2. The person must be an endangered adult or a high risk missing person
  3. The request must be recommended by the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction
  4. Sufficient information is available for public dissemination that may assist locating the missing endangered adult

Criteria for Endangered Adult: (I.C. 12-7-2-131.3)

  1. Incapable of returning to their residence without assistance due to a mental illness, dementia, or other physical or mental incapacity.

Criteria for a High Risk Missing Person: (I.C. 5-2-17-1) (One or more of the below will qualify for a Silver Alert)

  1. A person who is missing as the result of abduction by a stranger.
  2. A person whose disappearance may be the result of the commission of a crime.
  3. A person whose disappearance occurred under a circumstance that is inherently dangerous.
  4. A person who is missing for more than 30 days.
  5. A missing person who is in need of medical attention or prescription medication.
  6. A missing person who may be at risk due to abduction by a noncustodial parent.
  7. A missing person who is mentally impaired.
  8. A missing person who is less than 21 years of age.
  9. A missing person who has previously been the victim of a threat of violence or an act of violence
  10. A missing person who has been determined by a police agency to be at risk of injury or death.
  11. A person who is an endangered adult.

Citizens can go to the Indiana State Police website at www.in.gov/isp or http://www.silveralert.in.gov/ for further information about Silver Alerts.

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