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Police cancel Silver Alert for missing Allen County woman

Patsy Dafforn had been missing since Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Credit: Allen County Sheriff's Department
Patsy Dafforn, 82, of Yoder, Indiana.

ALLEN COUNTY, Indiana — A Statewide Silver Alert for an 82-year-old Allen County woman has been canceled.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Department had been investigating the disappearance of Patsy Dafforn from Yoder, Indiana. She was last seen Wednesday, Oct. 5 around 10:30 a.m. 

The Silver Alert was canceled Wednesday afternoon, but no details were immediately available on why it was canceled.

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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