UPDATE: Canceled – Statewide Silver Alert Issued For Wichita man


SHAWNEE COUNTY  Robert Hood, 88, of Wichita, was located by the Kansas Highway Patrol after a traffic accident along I-70 near Topeka. He was taken to a Topeka hospital, and his condition is currently unknown.

The statewide silver alert has been canceled. Thank you for your assistance during the alert.


SEDGWICK COUNTY – The Wichita Police Department requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) issue a statewide Silver Alert for a man missing from his home in Wichita.

Robert Hood

The whereabouts of 88-year-old Robert Hood are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate him.

Hood was last seen leaving his home in the 3600 block of East Oneida in Wichita, Kan., at approximately 11 a.m. on Wednesday. He was driving a grey 2005 Chevy Trailblazer with the handicap tag, 27517.

Hood is described as 5’11” tall, 200 lbs., with grey hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black leather coat, and a long-sleeved green and white shirt. Additionally, Hood has been diagnosed with dementia.

If you know the whereabouts of Hood, or if you see him or see his vehicle, please call 911 immediately.

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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