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Silver Alert canceled for missing Richmond teen

The Richmond Police Department said 16-year-old David Burton was last seen Saturday, Dec. 25 around 10:40 p.m.
Credit: Indiana State Police

RICHMOND, Ind. — A statewide Silver Alert has been canceled for a missing 16-year-old Richmond boy.

The Richmond Police Department said David Burton was last seen Saturday, Dec. 25 around 10:40 p.m. Burton was last seen wearing blue scrubs.

Police believed Burton was in danger and may require medical assistance. 

At around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Indiana State Police said the Silver Alert had been canceled. 

Amber Alerts vs. Silver Alerts: 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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