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January 2, 2013
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Missing man found, subject of first Silver Alert in state


An Elk Grove man who was the subject of the state’s first-ever Silver Alert was found safe and sound by a Grass Valley Police officer before dawn Wednesday.

The Elk Grove Police Department had asked for the community’s help in locating Robert Grappi, 82, who suffers from medical conditions requiring regular medication, as well as possible dementia.

Grappi had taken off after a verbal argument with his wife at about 3:30 p.m. and was believed to be driving to his son’s residence on Casci Road in Nevada County. He previously lived in Grass Valley before moving to Elk Grove one and a half years ago.

Authorities issued California’s first-ever Silver Alert for Grappi, which was broadcast in Sacramento, Placer and Nevada counties Tuesday morning.

A caller had reported a possibly drunken driver at about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 49 near Lime Kiln Road, weaving and driving 30 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to dispatch reports.

The vehicle description matched that of Grappi’s Toyota RAV4, which was located shortly thereafter near East Main Street and Scandling Avenue, said Grass Valley Police Capt. Rex Marks.

An officer pulled Grappi over and positively identified him, Marks said.

“He was aware he was in Grass Valley,” Marks said. “He said he had been in the high country and was quite tired. He was cooperative and pleased to see the police.”

Grappi was escorted to the police department and medically cleared before being released to a family member at about 5:45 a.m.

Under the new Silver Alert program, which took effect Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol asks news media, law enforcement and the public for help in locating individuals 65 years or older who are believed to be at risk. The CHP issues alerts based on several criteria, including health risks, inclement weather, suspicious circumstances or other perilous conditions.

“It’s a little higher intensity than a regular missing-persons report,” Marks said.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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