Missing person's alert: Should it be improved?
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:12:57 GMT —
Two families enduring devastating scenarios as a family member has been missing for days without an alert issued.
Could more have been done to find them?
Seconds could be beneficial between finding a missing loved one and losing them forever.
Delton Lee TMs father, Don Lee, a former Texas State Representative went missing in 2012 from the Canterbury Court Health Care Facility in Harlingen.
He was being treated for dementia.
"Well, no one knew he was missing. He had a visitor and they couldn't find him and we just thought he was somewhere, Lee said.
After a massive search effort by family members and by using social media, authorities finally issued a silver alert.
At last Don Lee was found.
He was covered by weeds. My brother-in-law found him by a glimmer of light that was shining over him; the police couldn't even find him."
But just like the Lee TMs case, there are hundreds of cases in the state of missing people with a mental health illness that don TMt meet the criteria for an alert.
As was the case for Albert Garcia.
It was a frantic search for my brother.
His brother, David, also coincidently went missing around the time of Don Lee's disappearance.
The search was intense for the 52-year-old who suffered from seizures but after a month and a half of looking they found him in Kleberg County.
Both Don and David were reported missing, only to be found dead shortly after their disappearance.
Both families agree a better system could be put in place to remedy that.