Silver Alert for former Bristol mayor canceled

Published on Thursday, 2 December 2021 12:26


BRISTOL -- Former Bristol Mayor Bill Stortz has been located.

This comes after police on Wednesday said the 85-year-old had gone missing and was believed to be driving a 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour. Police said Stortz left Bristol around 12:30 p.m. and was headed for an appointment in New Britain.

The 85-year-old made it to his appointment but did not return later in the day. He had last been seen in his car, heading toward Walnut Hill Park in New Britain before being reported missing.

Around 7 p.m., state police issued a Silver Alert for his disappearance and asked the public for help finding him, urging anyone with information to contact Bristol police.

Around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Bristol Lt. Christopher Lennon said had been located and was safe. The Silver Alert was canceled.

Stortz over the years has been involved in the city in many different capacities. He has served as the city’s mayor on two separate occasions and has also sat on the city council for multiple terms.

In 2018, Stortz was appointed as a member of the Arts, Cultural and Tourism Council. According to the city’s website, he is still a member of that council.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 2 December 2021 12:26. Updated: Thursday, 2 December 2021 12:28.