State looks to create Amber Alert system for missing adults - East Valley Tribune: Politics

State looks to create Amber Alert system for missing adults

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Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 3:45 pm

Arizona is on the verge of setting up a system to help track down missing adults in the same way as missing or kidnapped children.

SB 1097 requires the Department of Public Safety to set up a Silver Alert Notification System. This would be activated after law enforcement determines some senior citizen has gone missing under unexplained or suspicious circumstances and there is evidence the person may be in danger due to factors including age, health or disability.

It also requires a determination that notifying the public could assist in that person's safe recovery.

The plan, given preliminary House approval Tuesday, is modeled after the Amber Alert system. That allows DPS to send notices not only to local media but also to cell phones and electronic signs on highways.

SB 1097, which already has been approved by the Senate, will go to the governor following a House roll-call vote.

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