Franklin Police credit their Silver Alert protocols and social media with the safe recovery of an at-risk senior last night. At 6:00pm Monday, the family of 88-year-old Bill Denton reported him missing. Mr. Denton was last seen at 1:30 Monday afternoon after dropping his wife off at a Murfreesboro Road nail salon in Franklin. He never returned.
Afraid for his well-being after looking everywhere they knew to look, Bill Denton’s family called Franklin Police. A short time later Franklin Police took to Twitter (@FranklinTNPD), issuing a Silver Alert with Denton’s picture and vehicle description. Less than one hour after the alert went out, Denton was located with the help of a resident who read about his disappearance online.
Mr. Denton was found by officers, after the tip, outside of a Cool Springs Boulevard nail salon where he thought he dropped his wife off more than five hours earlier. Mr. Denton, who suffers from the early stages of memory loss, relies on a temporary oxygen tank to help him breathe while away from home. He was treated by paramedics and reunited with his family.
FPD’s Silver Alert policy, in accordance with Tennessee Law, designates that an alert is issued for a missing person, 60 or older, who has an impaired mental condition and is believed to be in danger because of age, health, mental or physical disability, in combination with environmental or weather conditions, or is believed to be unable to return to safety without assistance.
Silver Alerts give police the ability to quickly get word out to the public when an at-risk senior goes missing. Last night, it worked.