Arizona issued its first Silver Alert last month to aid in the recovery of a missing 79-year-old Surprise woman.
Similar to an Amber Alert or a Blue Alert, as of July 2014, Arizona now issues Silver Alerts on Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) emergency-alert message boards around the state to report information on missing persons 65 or older.
Arizona issued its first Silver Alert Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2014, for Ethel Crescenzo who went missing on her way to the Talking Stick Casino in Scottsdale.
Crescenzo became disoriented and lost when she left for the casino that morning. She was found by police Sunday night in a West Valley desert area after a man alerted police of a suspicious car in the embankment near his home. Crescenzo was found within four hours of the report, ABC 15 said.
If a missing persons report has been issued by police, and all other resources to find the missing man or woman have been exhausted, The Arizona Republic reports that a Silver Alert may be activated.
The alert will also be issued if the missing person could be in imminent danger due to health concerns or any other pressing issues.
There are 193 ADOT message boards in the state, with 108 located across the Valley. Law requires that the location of the missing person incident will dictate how many signs flash the alert message information. Only the region where the disappearance took place will display the Silver Alert.
Most recent information about a missing elderly person will appear on the boards in hopes of enlisting the help of drivers to find him or her.