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Silver Alert canceled for Blackford County man

Police tell 13News that Richard Godschalk was located safe.
Credit: Indiana State Police

HARTFORD CITY, Ind. — A statewide Silver Alert was canceled for a Blackford County man. 

The Hartford City Police Department canceled the alert May 23 for Richard Godschalk. 

The alert was issued for Godschalk after he was last seen Thursday, May 19, at noon. 

State Police were concerned he could be in extreme danger and requiring medical assistance.

Police tell 13News that Godschalk was located safe.

Hartford City is located in Blackford County. It is 80 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

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Amber Alert vs. Silver Alert: What's the difference?

There are specific standards a person's disappearance must meet in order for police to declare an Amber Alert or a Silver Alert.                                        

Amber Alerts are for children under the age of 18 who are believed to have been abducted and in danger. Police also need to have information about a suspect and their car to issue an Amber Alert.                                       

Silver Alerts are for missing and endangered adults or children. They are much more common for missing people. It was not until last year when the standards for Silver Alerts were expanded to include children.      

In both situations, these alerts must be issued by police.

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