UPDATE: Found Safely – Statewide Silver Alert Issued For Great Bend Woman


UPDATE: Velma Mae Anthony was located safely in Kiowa County today. 

GREAT BEND, Kan. – The Great Bend Police Department requested the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) distribute the below information in the form of a statewide Silver Alert.

The whereabouts of Velma Mae Anthony, 91 are unknown. Anthony may be disoriented or confused. We ask for the public’s assistance to locate her.

Please see the Great Bend Police Department’s below release for additional details, and a full description of Anthony.

On September 27th, 2018 at approximately 9:16 P.M. the Great Bend Police Department took a report of a missing person, Velma Mae Anthony, age 91. Anthony is a white female, 5’00”, 113 lbs., with white hair and blue eyes. Anthony was last seen wearing silver glasses, black shoes, navy pants and a navy, long-sleeve shirt.

Anthony’s vehicle is a gold 2008 Buick Lucerne displaying Kansas disability tag 1671. Anthony was last seen in Pratt, Kansas on September 27th, 2018 at approximately 2:00 PM. Anthony may be suffering from a medical condition, which causes her to be disoriented and confused.

Anthony may be in the area of Pratt, Greensburg, Attica, St. John or Hutchinson. If anyone sees, or has contact with Anthony, please contact the Great Bend Police Department at 620-793-4120 or Crime Stoppers at 620-792-1300.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.