Update: Found Safe – Statewide Silver Alert Issued for Garden City Man


CLOUD COUNTY – The Garden City Police Department reported that Donald Hertel was located safely in Cloud County. They are working with the Cloud County Sheriff’s Office to reunite Hertel with his family.

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

The whereabouts of 93-year-old Donald Hertel are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate him.

Hertel is a white male, 5 ft. 8 in. tall, weighing 170 lbs. He has gray hair, blue eyes and wears glasses. Hertel was last seen around 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29 at his residence in Garden City. He is likely driving a dark blue 4-door 1994 Chevy Caprice with Kansas disabled tag 71528. He was last wearing a red sweater and black slacks.

Hertel has significant hearing loss and is showing signs of dementia. He walks with a bend at the waist, slouching forward. He may be traveling toward Hays, Kan.

If you see Hertel, his vehicle, or know of his whereabouts, please immediately call 911, or the Garden City Police Department at 620-276-1300.

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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