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Family of missing NW Iowa man seeks ways to ensure the safety of seniors


A proposal, that would have set up an alert system for the elderly a lot like the "AMBER Alert" system won't become law. The bill, which was backed by a Siouxland lawmaker, didn't meet an important deadline.

But, the family of a missing Moville, Iowa, man isn't giving up. Joel Robinson, Moville, IA said, "Our family has definitely not given up hope." That's despite the seven months that have passed since 84-year-old Dale Robinson was last seen, getting into his truck, at a Moville, Iowa, convenience store, then driving away.

Joel Robinson, Moville, IA said, "By no means do we wish anybody to have to go through this." That's why, despite the defeat of the "Silver Alert" bill, Robinson's family is moving forward. Joel Robinson, Moville, IA said, "It's very important for my family, from the experience we went through, to try and come up and address the awareness of missing people throughout the state."

Robinson says he's focused on rewriting a law already on the books. Joel Robinson, Moville, IA said, "I think we'll be able to do that through the "Endangered Person Alert System." The EPA focuses on Iowans, over 18, that have disappeared under "unexplained or suspicious circumstances". Those that may be in danger because of their age, health, or mental or physical disability. Dale Robinson was suffering from dementia. The information can then be displayed on electronic billboards, like this, along Iowa interstates. Joel Robinson, Moville, IA said, I think we're all on the same page of getting the 'dynamic message system'... the dissemination of information of missing people out so it's statewide."

That could ensure few other families will know the pain, and uncertainty, that the Robinsons have known for far too long.

Joel Robinson says there are no new leads in his grandfather's disappearance. Dale Robinson is 5',6" tall, weighs about 90 pounds, and was last seen wearing a maroon plaid shirt. He's driving a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup. If you have any information about his whereabouts, call 911.

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