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IMPD: Missing 65-year-old man found safe

John Helton was last seen Monday, July 4 after watching fireworks in the 1300 block of North Tibbs Avenue, near West 16th Street, on the city's near west side.
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John Helton, 65, of Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — Police say a 65-year-old man who was reported missing Monday has been found safe. 

According to police, John Helton was last seen Monday, July 4 after watching fireworks in the 1300 block of North Tibbs Avenue, near West 16th Street, on the city's near west side.

Police said Tuesday afternoon that he had been located and is 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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