New Silver Alerts running earlier than expected

Posted at: 05/15/2013 10:48 PM
Updated at: 05/15/2013 10:51 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It is something caregivers hope they never have to use, but they are still glad it's there: New Mexico's Silver Alert program.

Tuesday afternoon for the first time ever, an emergency Silver alert broke into programming to notify viewers about a missing man with Alzheimer's.
New Mexico State Police Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez said it is a new law that doesn't even go into effect until July 1st.  But Tuesday, they tried it out to hopefully locate the missing man.
"We decided, due to what the circumstances were, and what we were going to be dealing with, we had good descriptors of him and what he was driving...we acted on it quickly to see if we could possibly locate Mr. Vargas," Sgt. Gutierrez said.
Vargas still has not been found.  But officials hope getting the information out to the public will have their eyes and ears searching for him.