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Silver Alert going forward in South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It is official -- South Carolina is going forward with plans for a Silver Alert program.

On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer laid out the plan for the public. Officials think they've got the groundwork laid out for finding missing seniors safely and effectively.

Law enforcement agencies in half a dozen South Carolina counties are participating in the program.

The goal of Silver Alert is much like AMBER Alerts: to find missing people. Officials say it has a 100 percent success rate.

Richland County authorities say the program is free for senior citizens in the county with dementia or any brain disease causing them to wander.

In Washington, Congress has passed legislation giving millions of dollars in funding for states that implement the program.

"Currently seven states have implemented the program. We would be the eighth state, but I don't want them after they implement this to come back and say, ‘South Carolina, are you ready? Can you get things in line?' I want to already say we are ready to go, we are ahead of the vast majority of states in this country when it comes to aging issues and I want us to be ahead of the curve when you talk about the Silver Alert program," Bauer said.

Richland County currently has nine senior citizens enrolled in the Silver Alert program.

Children with any type of brain disorder causing them to wander are also eligible for the program.

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