An 82-year-old local gentleman suffering from dementia who has been missing since October 11th has been found by hunters deceased in his vehicle 165 miles west of Dallas. He left home to go to David's Meats (my butcher) and was never seen again. No foul play was ever suspected. A "Silver Alert" was promptly issued statewide without success.
While I didn't know him, I knew his son....he went to school with my brother....and his wife worked for my CPA. Both were wonderful people. It's hard to imagine someone wandering off and dying like that all alone, probably cold and hungry.
He was "old school" and didn't have a cell phone which might have been used to locate him. Likewise he had a GM SUV, but wasn't a subscriber to their Onstar service, which could have also been used to track him. I wonder why the family couldn't have agreed to immediately begin service, allowing Onstar to flip an activation switch and then find him? It obviously doesn't work like that, but it should.
How come we have drones flying at 30,000 feet that can identify a particular terrorist among thousands of other people, our NSA can identify a particular phone conversation anywhere in the world, there are cameras on every corner that can be pulled up to review every crime scene, and yet we can't find a missing person cruising aimlessly down a state highway in North Texas?
I guess the thing to take away from this is every elderly person should have at least a cell phone with them at all times so they can call for help, or in reverse help can find them.