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Silver Alert canceled for 17-year-old from Merrillville

Amari McDade was last seen Thursday, May 19 wearing a burgundy jacket, black pants, and black shoes.
Credit: Indiana State Police
Amari McDade

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — Indiana State Police canceled a statewide Silver Alert for a 17-year-old girl from northern Indiana May 24.

Amari McDade was reported missing after having last been seen on May 19 from Merrillville, Indiana, about 140 miles northwest of Indianapolis. 

Police were concerned McDade could be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance. 

The Silver Alert for her was canceled Tuesday. Police did not say if she was located safe.

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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