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Alert system could find missing seniors

Alert system could find missing seniors

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AUSTIN - State legislators will likely expand the state's Amber Alert system for missing children to include alerts for missing senior citizens.

Texas could soon have a new system in place to help locate the approximately 900 senior citizens who are reported missing statewide each year.

The state House is expected to consider a bill Monday to create a "Silver Alert" system to inform the public when older people with mental impairments, such as Alzheimer's disease, are lost. The Senate already has passed the bill unanimously.

State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, one of the bill's authors, became interested in such a system after the disappearance of an elderly El Paso man revealed no effective way of issuing an alert. Pickett said he knows of no opposition to the proposal.

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