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Baldacci Signs "Silver Alert" Bill
04/29/2010 04:27 PM ET  

The measure, modeled on the "Amber Alert" for missing children, sets up a system that will trigger a statewide alert when an elderly person goes missing.

Gov. John Baldacci today ceremonially signed a bill that establishes a so-called "Silver Alert," a statewide public notification system that will be triggered when a senior citizen goes missing.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Peggy Rotundo, a Lewiston Democrat, was prompted by the death of 77-year-old William Young, whose body was found in the woods in Greenville. Young was suffering from dementia when he went missing last April, according to his wife, Claire Young, who attended today's bill signing.

Young said she was pleased that the measure was enacted as quickly as it was. "Some people might think that one year is long, but one year goes by very, very fast," she told the Associated Press. "So we were very blessed and very lucky that it happened in one year."

The law is modeled on the so-called "Amber Alert" for missing children.



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