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Release Date: 04.20.2009 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta City Council

Atlantans to mark the 5th Anniversary of the disappearance of Mrs. Mattie Moore

Atlanta resident's disappearance sparked a statewide movement and increased advocacy for Alzheimer's patients

Family and Friends of the Late Mrs. Mattie Moore
Atlanta City Councilmember Felicia A. Moore
Residents of Council District 9
Alzheimer's Association Georgia's Chapter

Candle Light Vigil in memory of Mrs. Mattie Moore

7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 21, 2009

2308 Sisk Street in northwest Atlanta

Residents of Atlanta City Council District 9 and members of Georgia's Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will join family and friends of the late Mrs. Mattie Moore to mark the 5th anniversary of her disappearance.

Mrs. Moore was a northwest Atlanta resident whose disappearance sparked a statewide movement to institute an alert system to locate missing Alzheimer's and dementia patients. "Mattie's Call Act," was adopted 2006 to implement an emergency state wide alert system when Alzheimer's patients and other mentally challenged persons wander away from their caregivers.

The community vigil and hour of remembrance will start at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 at 2308 Sisk Street in northwest Atlanta.

Mrs. Moore wandered from her northwest Atlanta home April 21, 2004. Eight months after her disappearance, her body was 500 yards from her home.

Elderly advocates pushed for something to be done to prevent another such incident and the city of Atlanta responded, said City Councilmember Felicia A. Moore, no relation to her former constituent.

"The Atlanta alert system is similar to the Levi's Call but is designed to alert law enforcement jurisdictions and the general public of a missing or wandering Alzheimer's or mentally challenged person," Moore said. "It's something that developed from the community and has now been enacted in cities across the state."

In fact, Mattie's Call has garnered a safe return for 70 of the 71 calls issued since its inception of the statewide alert in 2006, said John Bankhead, the spokesman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.

The Mattie's Call alert system has been described as being a "Best in Class" initiative recently by a government publication and is being used as a model across the country as cities and states realize the growing and urgent need for such a notification system.

In addition, Mrs. Moore's disappearance laid the ground work for the establishment of an electronic tracking system called Project Lifesaver that enables the Atlanta Police to quickly locate missing persons who wear a special bracelet.

Contact Info

Contact Name: Dexter Chambers

Company: Atlanta City Council

Phone: 404-330-6309

Cell: 404-392-0159