Have you ever been jolted out of nowhere by a LOUD alert on your cell phone?

It's a wonderful tool that the police have to pass on some information immediately - someone or some people have gone missing - a public notification can bring out a description and the make and model of a vehicle that the person last seen was driving. It can be quite successful around the United States - Silver Alerts can be heard on the radio cell phones, and television. Here is the thing that I just found out, not every missing person qualifies for a Silver Alert.

His name is Lloyd Liken - he is 81 years old and he was last seen November 16th

This Bismarck man was last seen November 16th- driving away in his gold Toyota Highlander around 8 pm. According to the Bismarck Police Department Facebook "...Lloyd Liken, 81, Bismarck is still an active missing person today, and Bismarck Police are asking the public for assistance in locating him. Mr. Liken was last seen on November 16th, 2023, around 8:00 pm leaving the 4400 block of Turnbow Lane in his gold Toyota Highlander bearing ND license plate 745 BMN. His last known clothing description is tan khakis and a brown suede leather-type jacket. Mr. Liken does not have any medical diagnosis of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or similar medical conditions making him ineligible for a Silver Alert." There were no Silver Alerts issued when I went missing, and many people wanted to know why


So HOW do you NOT qualify for a Silver Alert?

A co-worker and I found it interesting that there are actual qualifications for a Silver Alert - who knows, maybe it violates civil rights? A PERSON missing IS a PERSON missing - every state is different - but according to ndresponse.gov :

        Silver Alert Activation Criteria

Upon the request of a law enforcement agency that is investigating a missing person. To Activate a Silver Alert, this missing person report must meet the following criteria:

  1. The missing person involves a vulnerable adult as defined under NDCC 50-25.2-01 or a vulnerable elderly adult, who is at least 65 years old, as defined under NDCC 12.1-31-07, who has been reported to law enforcement as missing.
  2. The missing person involves a minor who has developmental disabilities, as defined under NDCC 25-01.2-01, who has been reported to law enforcement as missing.
  3. There is descriptive information about the minor or adult and/or vehicle involved, to assist with the safe recovery of the person.
  4. There is enough usable information about the person and/or vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast will provide the public with descriptive information to help locate the person or vehicle.


The mystery of Loyd Liken has sadly been resolved






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