UPDATE: The Riverton Police Department has issued a statement that stating a missing Riverton man has been found, saying “Subject has been located and is safe” and thanking the public for their help in located 78-year old James Knudsen.
An Ashanti Alert was issued by the Riverton PD earlier this week.
According to Riverton’s Police Chief, Eric Hurtando, Knudsen may be traveling in a red jeep with “knobby tires”. The jeep also has a spare tire and wench on it.
The Wyoming AMBER Alert Facebook page has shared Knudsen’s photo, along with more information.
“Ashanti Alert on behalf of the Riverton Police Department for a James Knudsen 05/13/1945, 78 years of age male with grey hair, hazel eyes, 6 foot 2 and weighing 215 lbs. Last seen wearing black sweatpants, no shirt, and yellow hospital socks. Last seen in the Riverton area around 0300 this morning. Subject has dementia and requires glasses and oxygen. He does not have either. Possibly driver a Red 1992 Jeep Wrangler with a winch on the front, white sticker on the front windshield, knobby tires, and a spare tire on the back that has a shovel on it. May be headed to the Dubois area. If you have any information on the whereabouts of the subject, please call the Riverton Police Department at 307-856-4891 or the Wyoming Highway Patrol at 307-777-4321. Thank you for your assistance in attempting to locate this individual.”
If you have any information about his whereabout, please contact the Riverton Police Department at 307-856-4891.
An Ashanti Alert, also referred to as a CLEAR alert, was created from the “Ashanti Alert Act”. These alerts are issued for adults who are too old for an AMBER Alert and too young for a Silver Alert. The legislation is named after Ashanti Billie, who was abducted and murdered in 2017. According to the National Ashanti Alert Network Fact Sheet, “Ashanti Alerts provide for rapid dissemination of information to law enforcement agencies, media, and the public about adults who have been reported missing, along with suspect information in cases of suspected abduction.”