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Judge Flores: Found
Family and friends of former Wilson County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Emilio Valdez Flores are breathing sighs of relief after receiving word that the 77-year-old was found safe and sound April 7. This was after the Floresville man had not been seen for more than 24 hours, which resulted in a Silver Alert being issued due to concerns for his safety.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. said family members reported at approximately 4 p.m. April 6 that Flores had not returned to his home on B Street in Floresville. Between 9 and 10 a.m., Flores told his wife, Pauline, he was going to the post office, before departing in his silver 2009 Chevrolet Impala sedan.
Because of being diagnosed with dementia, Flores was the subject of a Silver Alert issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. (See “Silver Alert” for more.)
Tackitt said just before 3:40 p.m. April 7 that U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel from a checkpoint south of Kingsville found Flores on the side of the road. While the former judge was not injured, he was rather disoriented, Tackitt said.
Flores served more than 13 years as Wilson County Precinct 1 justice of the peace before retiring in August 2008.
Law-enforcement agencies throughout the state can request a Silver Alert from the Texas Department of Public Safety within 72 hours of the disappearance of a Texas resident 65 or older with a diagnosed mental impairment, provided his or her absence poses a threat to the senior citizen’s health and safety.
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