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Durham woman, subject of Silver Alert, found safe

Posted November 11, 2009

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— A Durham woman who was the subject of a Silver Alert has been found. She is safe.

Phyllis Montgomery, 86, was reported missing late Tuesday.

Developed in 2007, Silver Alert is a system that quickly notifies the public about missing endangered adults who suffer from dementia or other cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer's disease.

It also allows caregivers and nursing homes to report a person missing. In the past, only a family member could report an adult missing.

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  • turkeydance Nov 11, 2009

    if my help is needed, ok. i'm here. what i need to help during
    these Silver/Amber/whatever alerts is detailed information.
    who: full name of victim and whoever else is involved in
    the alert. what: gender/race/height/weight/etc. when:
    time last seen. where: including zip code. why: exact reason
    (parental kidnap, Alzheimer's, whatever) so...if i see this child/senior, i'll have a basis to react. when approached,
    a child may run to the kidnapper, and seniors might not know who or where they are.

  • kruis75 Nov 11, 2009

    First let me say Thank God that this woman was found and I wish her a speedy recovery. NOW....

    I have to side with ScoobyDoo... Are we becoming such a world and time that it is an "incovenience" to watch out for each other. I received a phone call as well. However, it wasn't a telemarketer or a wrong number. It was a message regarding the welfare and safety of an elderly woman who has walked away from her home in the freezing rain. Seriously people! What in the world is your problem?

    I, too, pray that you never need such services.

    Okay, so, TriangleMommy, crawl back into your perfect little bubble that you call "your world" and OakRapp, please clean the windows of your glass house

  • OakRapp Nov 11, 2009

    I have to side with Trianglemommy - on a previous silver alert I was awakened at 11:30pm by the robocall for someone who had wandered away from a nursing home 10 miles away early in the day. Calling everyone in the county even if it takes all night seems a bit useless - who's going to go out and check their yard at 3am to see if somebody from across town just happened to wander into their back yard and collapse?

  • schoobydooyellow Nov 11, 2009

    yeah -- and the automated phone call at 10pm last night - what is worse is since we were going to bed, and didn't recognize the # on caller ID we ignored it, the automated system hangs up on answering machines, yet calls back about 2 minutes later. If you don't answer this pattern repeats until you get mad enough you answer the phone.

    Shame on you Trianglemommy for your comments. This lady was found in a ditch in the backyard of a neighbor house halfway underwater after more than likely spending the night outside. The police don't haphazardly order these call backs. I hope your kids and a parent of yours never walks away and you need this system. If you do I hope all your neighbors disreguard it as a pain and not answer.

  • Jake B Nov 11, 2009

    I had the breaking news email from WTVD over an hour ago that she has been found safe. Why does it take WRAL so long to follow up?

  • GravyPig Nov 11, 2009

    My tech just called us and she has been found in the wood several houses away. Paramedics are on the way to check her out.

    Glad she was found so quickly.

  • peacebee Nov 11, 2009

    awww...poor woman...I hope they find her safe and well....it is awful outside!

  • TriangleMommy Nov 11, 2009

    yeah -- and the automated phone call at 10pm last night - what is worse is since we were going to bed, and didn't recognize the # on caller ID we ignored it, the automated system hangs up on answering machines, yet calls back about 2 minutes later. If you don't answer this pattern repeats until you get mad enough you answer the phone.

    Now I want to know what good is this doing? I certainly didn't see this 80 something woman wandering around my home at 10pm (or the previous one when they were calling after midnight).

  • GravyPig Nov 11, 2009

    I would love nothing more than to hear that the alert is canceled when she is found.

    This is the mother of one of my techs here at work. He was out looking for her last night, they have blood hounds either en-route or here looking for her.

    Hoping for her safe return.

  • 27615 Nov 11, 2009

    alright another silver alert..i can't wait to read the story this afternon- Silver Alert Canceled...