CANCELLED: Statewide Silver Alert Issued For Missing Wakeeney Man


UPDATE: The statewide silver alert issued for Russell Hearting, 72, of Wakeeney, has been canceled. Hearting was found this morning in Trego County, and is now safe. Thanks to everyone who shared the information, or helped search for him.

TREGO COUNTY – The Wakeeney Police Department requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Wakeeney man.

The whereabouts of Russell A. Hearting, 72, are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate him. Hearting is a white male with grey hair and hazel eyes. He is 5 ft. 10 in. tall and weighs approximately 160 lbs.

Hearting was last seen on foot on Wednesday, May 29, at approximately 10 p.m. on 190th and C Road in Trego County, when he refused a ride that was offered to him. He was last seen wearing a red long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, and high-top tennis shoes. He may be suffering from dementia.

If you see Hearting, or have information about his whereabouts, please immediately contact the Trego County Law Enforcement Center at (785) 743-5711.

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Russell Adair Hearting

Russell Adair Hearting- 5’10 160 lbs. Hearting was last seen wearing a red long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and high top tennis shoes. Hearting was last seen at 2220 hours on 190th and C Road in Trego County. An individual stopped to speak with Hearting and offered to give him a ride and he refused. Hearting is believed to be on foot and possibly suffering from dementia. A Silver Alert has been activated.

Law Enforcement is continuing the search with the aid of airplanes provided by one local individual and by the Kansas Highway Patrol. Kansas Wildlife and Parks are also assisting with a tracking dog. A local search party has also assembled to assist with the search. If you have any information please call the WaKeeney Police Department at 785-743-5711.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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 2021 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.

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