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Silver Alert canceled for man missing from Richmond

Merle Church was last seen Aug. 3 and was believed to be in danger.
Credit: Indiana State Police
Merle Church

RICHMOND, Ind. — Police in eastern Indiana have canceled a statewide Silver Alert for a missing 51-year-old man.

Richmond Police were investigating the disappearance of Merle Church.

Church was reported missing after having last been seen on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Police were concerned he might be in extreme danger and requiring medical assistance. 

The Silver Alert was canceled more than a month later, on Sept. 12. Police have not provided any additional details on Church's condition.

Credit: Indiana State Police
Merle Church

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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