Wisconsin Silver Alert system to start for missing adults with Alzheimer's, dementia

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MILWAUKEE — A new Wisconsin system will send alerts when an at-risk adult has gone missing.

The Silver Alert program starts Friday and will operate similar to the nationwide Amber Alert system for missing children. It will use the state's pre-existing Crime Alert Network to quickly get out information about missing adults who may be in danger. It's intended to help find people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia in particular.

Law enforcement agencies will send the information to broadcasters and others to get the word out about the missing senior.

The program's coordinator with the network tells WLUK-TV about 30 other states have similar systems in place.

The bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support. Gov. Scott Walker signed it into law in April.

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