UPDATE: Located in Oklahoma | Statewide Silver Alert Issued For Missing Gardner Woman


Wilma J. Patterson was located in Guymon, Oklahoma


JOHNSON COUNTY – The Gardner Police Department requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Gardner woman.

The whereabouts of Wilma J. Patterson, 82, are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate her.

If you see Patterson or her vehicle, or have information about her whereabouts, please immediately call 911, or contact the Gardner Police Department at (913) 782-0720.


The Gardner Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Wilma J. Patterson, an 82-year-old white female. Patterson has Alzheimer’s and was last seen yesterday, Jan. 28, at 802 S. Poplar St. in Gardner, Kan. Her credit card was last used at a gas station in Meade, Kan. on Jan. 29 at approximately 9 a.m. She is driving a Red Kia Forte, with Kansas plates, VDH 319.

Patterson is 5 ft. 3 in. tall and weighs around 130 lbs. She has grey hair and brown eyes.

Authorities believe she may be traveling in Southwest Kansas, or may have made it outside the state to Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, or Texas.

If located, please contact the Gardner Police Department at 913-782-0720, or call 911.

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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