Wisconsin wants to create 'Green Alert' system for missing veter - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Wisconsin wants to create 'Green Alert' system for missing veterans

Posted: Updated:
MADISON, Wis. -

There are Amber Alerts to find missing children and Silver Alerts for missing seniors. Now, Wisconsin is hoping to become the first state to issue an alert for vulnerable veterans that have gone missing: Green Alerts.

The Wisconsin Senate unanimously approved the bill in late January. It's currently awaiting approval of the state Assembly. The bill will then move to the governor’s desk.

According to a statement released by state Sen. LaTonya Johnson, one of the four primary authors of the bill, Senate Bill 473 was inspired by the family of Corey Adams, a US Air Force Reserve sergeant who served in Afghanistan in his last deployment.

When Adams went missing from his Wisconsin home in March 2017, his family told officers that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder.

Despite his family filing a missing person report within hours of his disappearance, it took eight days before he was determined to meet the critical missing criteria by the police. 

Adams’ body was found in a pond 18 days later.

“If a soldier goes missing in the field, his or her unit will send out a search and rescue party,” said state Sen. LaTonya Johnson, in her statement. Johnson believe that the outcome could have been avoided if the public had been enlisted in the search for Corey sooner.

A Green Alert will be issued the same way Amber and Silver Alerts are issued. The alert will appear to residents on billboards or text messages.

Senate Bill 473 will protect either a veteran or an active member of the armed forces, national guard or the military reserves.

In order to be considered at-risk, the person must have physical or mental health condition that is related to their service.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Suspect identified in fatal downtown Spokane shooting

    Suspect identified in fatal downtown Spokane shooting

    Thursday, October 18 2018 2:45 PM EDT2018-10-18 18:45:23 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane Police Department SWAT Team officers took a homicide suspect into custody following an afternoon shooting in downtown Spokane. That suspect was identified as 27-year-old Joel C. Taitch. He was found blocks away from the crime scene and booked for 2nd degree murder. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane Police Department SWAT Team officers took a homicide suspect into custody following an afternoon shooting in downtown Spokane. That suspect was identified as 27-year-old Joel C. Taitch. He was found blocks away from the crime scene and booked for 2nd degree murder. 

    >>
  • Spokane dealing with blue ash aphid invasion

    Spokane dealing with blue ash aphid invasion

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 9:43 PM EDT2018-10-18 01:43:56 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Feel like you have to keep swatting bugs away when you've been walking outside this week? What you might be calling gnats, are really blue ash aphids. And right now they are more active than ever, because it's mating season. KHQ met a couple who noticed the blue ash aphids right when they started their walk in the park. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Feel like you have to keep swatting bugs away when you've been walking outside this week? What you might be calling gnats, are really blue ash aphids. And right now they are more active than ever, because it's mating season. KHQ met a couple who noticed the blue ash aphids right when they started their walk in the park. 

    >>
  • Texas police identify woman, child in doorbell video

    Texas police identify woman, child in doorbell video

    Thursday, October 18 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-10-19 02:50:01 GMT

    SPRING, Texas - Authorities in Texas say a woman who left a toddler alone on a stranger's doorstep could face charges of felony child endangerment.

    >>

    SPRING, Texas - Authorities in Texas say a woman who left a toddler alone on a stranger's doorstep could face charges of felony child endangerment.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Candlelight vigil to be held on Sunday for teenage shooting victim, Eddie Daniels

    Candlelight vigil to be held on Sunday for teenage shooting victim, Eddie Daniels

    Friday, October 19 2018 12:41 AM EDT2018-10-19 04:41:45 GMT
    A vigil is scheduled for Eddie Daniels, a 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday. The memorial will be at 115 E. Pacific Avenue in Spokane. It's open to the public and free to attend. Donations will be collected for Daniel's family to help with funeral costs. "All donations are going to the family, to mom, to help for any need acquired through this tragedy," Christ Hart, an organizer, said. The vigil is also organized by Jeff Ross, the City Life...>>
    A vigil is scheduled for Eddie Daniels, a 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday. The memorial will be at 115 E. Pacific Avenue in Spokane. It's open to the public and free to attend. Donations will be collected for Daniel's family to help with funeral costs. "All donations are going to the family, to mom, to help for any need acquired through this tragedy," Christ Hart, an organizer, said. The vigil is also organized by Jeff Ross, the City Life...>>
  • Liberty Lake police searching for suspect in fatal hit-and-run investigation

    Liberty Lake police searching for suspect in fatal hit-and-run investigation

    Friday, October 19 2018 12:08 AM EDT2018-10-19 04:08:37 GMT

    LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - Liberty Lake Police are searching for a suspect in a fatal hit and run crash that happened Thursday morning and are asking the public for help. At around 8:15 a.m., Liberty Lake Police and Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to Country Vista Drive and East Mission Avenue for a reported hit and run crash involving a pedestrian.

    >>

    LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - Liberty Lake Police are searching for a suspect in a fatal hit and run crash that happened Thursday morning and are asking the public for help. At around 8:15 a.m., Liberty Lake Police and Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to Country Vista Drive and East Mission Avenue for a reported hit and run crash involving a pedestrian.

    >>
  • Louisiana man admits to keeping autistic relative captive in tent, shed and animal cage

    Louisiana man admits to keeping autistic relative captive in tent, shed and animal cage

    Thursday, October 18 2018 11:12 PM EDT2018-10-19 03:12:33 GMT
    Courtesy of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's OfficeCourtesy of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office

    A New Orleans-area man has admitted keeping an autistic relative captive in a tent, a shed and a cage installed for animals. Jody Lambert of Amite also admitted shoving the woman to the ground, regularly insulting and threatening her, and knowing about other physical and emotional abuse.  As part of a plea agreement, Lambert pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of civil rights conspiracy. 

    >>

    A New Orleans-area man has admitted keeping an autistic relative captive in a tent, a shed and a cage installed for animals. Jody Lambert of Amite also admitted shoving the woman to the ground, regularly insulting and threatening her, and knowing about other physical and emotional abuse.  As part of a plea agreement, Lambert pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of civil rights conspiracy. 

    >>