New Miss. law sets alerts for missing elderly

JACKSON, Miss.

A new Mississippi law will set up a Silver Alert system to notify the public and the authorities when an elderly person or someone with dementia or other cognitive impairment goes missing.

Gov. Haley Barbour signed a bill Wednesday, and it becomes law July 1.

The Silver Alert would be similar to the Amber Alert, which notifies law enforcement officers and the public when a child is missing.

After a family member or caretaker reports the person missing, law enforcement agencies will be able to request a Silver Alert activation. The Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Investigation will activate the alert.

The Silver Alert will use the existing Amber Alert infrastructure.

The bill is House Bill 664.
The Associated Press
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