Family pleads for help in finding missing man

It’s been three days since a 70-year-old man who has dementia wandered off from his home.

Chang Ho Han’s family is asking for the public’s help in finding him.

Rachel Song has worried sick about her father — not knowing where he is, and if he’s even ok.

A security camera at Han’s condo, 1133 Waimanu Street in the Ala Moana area, captured him leaving at about 6:50 p.m. Friday. He also needs medication.

Song says this is so out-of-character for him.

“So we were very surprised and very shocked,” Song said.

Song says her father also knows the Waikiki area well.

“He used to drive a limo and would pick up tourists and then drop off in Waikiki,” Song said.

But other than that, she has no idea where he might be.

Chang Ho Han is 5’5″ and weighs 165 pounds.

He speaks Korean and barely speaks any English.

It’s times like these that the Silver Alert program could possibly help.

Sen. Sam Slom introduced a bill to create the Silver Alert Program in Hawaii, which would use the Maile Amber Alert Program.

“So that if the elderly men or women are wandering off, been gone for awhile, we could put it on this alert. It wouldn’t cost any additional money, wouldn’t require additional personnel, seems like a no-brainer,” said Sen. Slom (R) Hawaii Kai.

The proposed criteria for activating a Silver Alert includes age 65 or older, Hawaii resident, impaired mental condition, and credible threat to the senior’s health and safety.

Seven states currently have Silver Alert programs.

“I think it would give peace of mind to the families because then they know that something is being done,” Sen. Slom said.

The Silver Alert bill (SB2147) is scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in conference room 224 at the State Capitol.

If you see Han, or know where he’s at, please call police or CrimeStoppers at (808) 955-8300.

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