Silver Alert For Vonita Renae Colle Cancelled; Found Safe


RICE COUNTY – The statewide Silver Alert for Vonita Renae Colle has been canceled.

The Rice County Sheriff’s Office reported Colle was located safe in Rice County Tuesday afternoon, a quarter mile south of her residence. She was transported to an area hospital for assessment.


RICE COUNTY – The Rice County Sheriff’s Office requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Sterling woman.

The whereabouts of Vonita Renae Colle, 87, are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate her. Colle has dementia and Alzheimer’s. She was last seen near 2400 Ave. X in Sterling, Kan.

If you see Colle, or have information about her whereabouts, please immediately contact the Rice County Sheriff’s Office at (620) 257-2363.


On July 8, 2019, the Rice County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an 87-year-old white female Vonita Renae Colle. She is 5 ft., 5 in tall, weighs 115 lbs., with silver hair, and blue eyes. She has Dementia and Alzheimer’s and is missing from her residence at 2400 Ave X, Sterling, KS 67579. She is wearing Men’s Black Pants, Red Collared Under-Shirt, Black T-Shirt, Navy Sweatshirt and Green Tennis Shoes. Individual is missing her front top two teeth. Unknown direction of travel. Individual possibly on foot. The incident is still under investigation by Rice County Sheriff’s Office. If located contact the Rice County Sheriff’s Office at 620-257-2363.

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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