Friday, December 29, 2006
Missing Persons Cases
Q:How Long after a missing persons report is filed and a case number is assigned, does a detective call to pursue the case? What else can we do to assist the police, besides revisit all the options we tried BEFORE contacting the police and filing a missing persons report?

A: Law enforcement guidelines require that a reporting person must believe that a missing individual is a vulnerable adult or will harm himself or others before a police report can be taken. Alcohol or chemical dependency issues do not count towards being considered a "vulnerable" adult, and no missing persons report is generally needed, or if there are no signs of foul play. Adults are free to roam about as they please. As a concerned reporting person, it is important to understand what really happens after the missing person report is filed:

* The police department will determine if the individual truly is a threat to himself or others or is a vulnerable adult. If he/she is, the person’s name can be entered into the national database.
* Our department is not going to actively search for the individual unless there is some extreme circumstance that dictates a search. This usually involves some physical evidence of foul play, etc.
* If a police officer comes upon the missing person in the course of his normal duty, the officer cannot arrest this individual as no crime has been committed. You may receive a call and be told where the individual is and his status.

If this individual is having a mental health emergency, he/she may be placed on a 72 hour police hold at Madison Center if circumstances dictate. If he/she is overly intoxicated, they may be taken to a detox facility/hospital for detoxification. At this time, the individual becomes the reporting person’s responsibility.
posted by South Bend Police Department @ 10:15 AM  

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