Woman who inspired Silver Alert system dead at 86

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A woman at the center of the push to create Silver Alerts in Wisconsin passed away last week. An online obituary says Claire Baeb was 86.

Baeb, who had Alzheimer's disease, and her husband Leo went missing for two days in 2013. They were supposed to drive from Townsend to Green Bay for a doctor's appointment. They were found in West Bend.

Her family spearheaded an effort to create an alert system for elderly and endangered people modeled after the Amber Alerts for missing children. Baeb testified to lawmakers and pushed for the bill's passage.

She was honored at the Silver Alert bill signing with Gov. Scott Walker the next year in Green Bay.

"I don't honestly remember when my brain went out," Baeb told us on the day of the bill signing.

Now, when a person with dementia or other cognitive impairments is missing, there is a system to distribute that information to TV and radio stations and post it on electronic highway boards.