Thursday night (November 19) a 50+ year old developmentally disabled man went missing. He had spent 18 years at Western State Hospital and was recently released to a Lakewood-area group home. On top of being deaf, he has the mental ability of a 10-15 year old. The group home reported the gentleman missing on Thursday night, and Lakewood PD, given the inclement weather, cast a wide net looking him.
Pierce County Search & Rescue (SAR) was notified, and the SAR coordinator decided to use a Reverse 911 robo-calling program they have access to. Roughly 11,000 area residents received a call late Thursday night with a 53% success rate (either someone answered or they were able to leave a message).
“We are looking for any tips to help us find this gentleman,” said Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar. “We apologize for the lateness of the call, but given the cold and wet weather on Thursday night we hope people understand our desire to find and help this man.”
The man was found at a bus stop in Federal Way Friday afternoon and returned to his group home.