Family of missing woman wants change
KINGFISHER, Okla. — A massive search remains underway for 76 year old Betty Simon.
A silver alert was issued for the Kingfisher County woman last week.
She had driven from her house to the Bellevue Health and Rehabilitation Center near NW 63rd and Portland in Oklahoma City to see her husband and has not been seen since leaving there Wednesday evening.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol had their helicopter up for the second time on Monday morning tracing Simon’s route from Bellevue to her home just east of Kingfisher.
Dozens of volunteers also walked up and down roads looking for any signs of her or her 2004 silver Buick LeSabre.
Simon’s family says everyone is doing everything they can.
But there’s one more thing they want that so far, they have not been able to get.
The family has set up a full command post in her home.
They’re marking areas searched on a map and monitoring their facebook group that now has about 2000 members.
“We’re getting tired, but today, I mean just the support is what keeps you going,” said Simon’s daughter, Sheila Nakvinda.
And now Simon’s family has a new mission.
Once she’s found, they plan on working for legislation.
“I’m very disappointed. When you’re looking for a loved one, you want every avenue that you can to find them,” said Nakvinda.
Simon’s family wanted a missing person alert to flash on the digital signs over our state’s highways.
But a committee decided several years ago that silver alerts would not go on those signs.
“It will be our goal when this is over that we want that rule changed, definitely,” said Nakvinda.
The chairman of the committee over amber and silver alerts tells us they get about 20 to 30 silver alerts for every one amber alert.
That’s why they decided to only allow amber alerts on highway signs, so the public would not become desensitized to the messages.
“I think that’s what they’re for. I just think that’s bull,” said Nakvinda. “If the technology’s there, let’s use it.”
For now, the task at hand remains finding Simon.
Then they’ll work on forging the way for other families who might find themselves in the same situation.
“We’ll do everything that we can to get it changed. I don’t want another family to go through the things that we have gone through through this,” said Nakvinda.
Simon’s family has already contacted some state legislators about the issue.
The chairman of the amber and silver alert committee says they will talk about this at their next meeting.