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Statewide Silver Alert Issued for Missing Butler County Man

Judd Weil-News Director


The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) has issued a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Towanda, Kan. man., Joseph M. Hayes.

The whereabouts of Joseph M. Hayes is unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate him.

Hayes is a 71-year-old white male. He is around 5 ft. 8 in. tall, and weighs 175 lbs. He has blue eyes and gray hair.

Hayes was driving a 2014 Black Dodge Ram 1500 bearing Kansas tag 576HZW.

Butler County Sheriff’s Office requested the KBI issue a statewide Silver Alert for a Joseph M. Hayes, 71, Towanda, Kan.

Hayes last made contact with his family over the phone on Sunday, June 26, likely near the Dallas, Texas area, and they are concerned for his safety.

According to information provided to the KBI by Butler County Sheriff’s, Joseph Moody Hayes left his home in Towanda, Kan. on Monday, June 20, en route to Anniston, Ala. to visit family. He never made it.

While traveling, he contacted family and informed them he had got turned around in the Fort Worth, Texas area. They suggested he turn around and head back to Kansas. Joseph Hayes never arrived in Kansas.

On Thursday, June 23, Joseph Hayes’s vehicle was spotted via license plate reader in Williamson County, Texas.

One of his daughters made contact with him via telephone on Sunday, June 26, and he believed he was in the Dallas, Texas area.

Hayes had suffered a previous stroke, has high blood pressure, and family indicated he has shown signs of dementia.

If anyone has contact with Mr. Hayes please contact local law enforcement agencies to check his welfare.

If you see Joseph Hayes, or have information about his whereabouts, immediately contact 911 or the Butler County Sheriff’s Office at 316-322-4398.

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