Bipartisan ‘Green Alert’ Bill Passes State Assembly, Heads to Governor
MADISON – The following is a statement from State Senator LaTonya Johnson regarding the passage of a bipartisan proposal creating a ‘Green Alert’ in Wisconsin to help locate missing, at-risk veterans.
“I am proud that the bipartisan ‘Green Alert’ bill passed the State Assembly today, and that it will now head to Governor Walker for his signature into law. This bill, known as the Corey Adams Searchlight Act, has gained national attention, as it would be the first of its kind in the United States. The bill is named for a Milwaukee Air Force Veteran and constituent of mine who passed away last year after going missing for 18 days.
“When Corey Adams went missing, his family knew that something was wrong—Corey had left his eyeglasses, phone, money, and medications at his parent’s home, where he was last seen. 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.
“On April 7, 18 days after his initial disappearance, Corey Adams’ body was recovered from a pond in Dineen Park, just one mile from his mother’s home. This outcome might have been different if the public had been enlisted in the search for Corey sooner.
“If a soldier goes missing in the field, his or her unit will send out a search and rescue party. When an at-risk veteran goes missing at home, it should be all of our jobs to assist with the search however we can. Green Alerts, like the current system of Amber and Silver Alerts, will give us, the public, the opportunity to be on the lookout and help bring our missing veterans home safely.
“By creating the Green Alert, we are honoring Corey’s memory and working to prevent other tragedies. I hope to see other states take note of Wisconsin’s leadership and work to implement similar safeguards.”
# # #