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UPDATE: Willy Rushford was found at 9:05 a.m. Sunday in Union Grove. A person who saw the Silver Alert noticed Rushford walking along side of the road. He was unharmed and is now home safe.

ORIGINAL STORY: An elderly Union Grove man is missing after he walked away from his home sometime between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

Wilfred, “Willy,” Rushford, 75,  lives in Harvest View Estates, a mobile home park, 15941 Durand Ave.

Law enforcement officials from several agencies used thermal imaging units and a K-9 unit to search the area. Unable to find him, the Racine County Sheriff’s Department issued a Silver Alert for Rushford.

A Silver Alert is a statewide public notification system used to notify the public that a person who has Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other permanent cognitive impairment is missing.

He is described as five-foot-seven-inches talk, 135 pounds, having gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a turquoise parka and green hat, according to a press release by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.

He isn’t suffering from any major medical issues, but he did have a quadruple bypass surgery.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.