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Statewide Silver Alert canceled for Bluffton man

Bluffton police said Jake Steffen, a 21-year-old man who went missing Wednesday night, was found safe.
Credit: Indiana State Police
A Statewide Silver Alert was canceled Thanksgiving morning for 21-year-old Jake Steffen of Bluffton, Ind.

BLUFFTON, Ind. — A Statewide Silver Alert has was canceled for a man reported missing from northeastern Indiana.

Bluffton police said Jake Steffen, a 21-year-old man missing since Wednesday night, was found safe. 

Police issued the Silver Alert saying they were concerned Steffen might be in extreme danger or requiring medical assistance.  

Fortunately, a few hours after the alert was issued, Steffen was located safe.

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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