STATEHOUSE (April 24, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday at the Statehouse ceremonially signed State Rep. Sharon Negele’s (R-Attica) legislation into law expanding Silver Alerts to include missing children with disabilities.
Silver Alerts are issued by law enforcement and voluntarily broadcast by TV and radio stations when an adult with disabilities has wandered from their caregiver and is unlikely to return home without assistance. This new law authored by Negele expands the alert to include missing children with mental or physical disabilities.
“Our current emergency alert system does not cover missing children with disabilities,” Negele said. “To close the existing gap and ensure the public is notified in a timely manner, children with disabilities will be included in the Silver Alert system. Our goal is to bring more missing children home quickly and safely.”
Indiana’s current emergency alert system for abducted children, also known as an Amber Alert, does not apply to children who leave their home, school or care facility at their own free will. Negele said this law ensures children with disabilities who do wander are included under the more appropriate Silver Alert.
According to Negele, Silver Alerts in Indiana helped locate 88 percent of those missing persons from 2013 through 2017.
This new law goes into effect July 1.
State Rep. Sharon Negele represents House District 13, which includes all of Benton County, and portions
of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.
PHOTO CAPTION: Gov. Eric Holcomb signs State Rep. Sharon Negele’s (R-Attica) legislation expanding Silver Alerts to include missing children with disabilities into law at the Statehouse on Monday, April 23, 2018. Negele said Silver Alerts in Indiana helped locate 88 percent of those missing persons from 2013 through 2017. Pictured left to right seated: Negele, Holcomb and State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem).