Davenport Police Explain Missing Persons Procedure - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Davenport Police Explain Missing Persons Procedure

Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man Dies From Medical Condition On RAGBRAI

    Man Dies From Medical Condition On RAGBRAI

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:09:05 GMT
    Photo of riders on day two of RAGBRAI 2014Photo of riders on day two of RAGBRAI 2014
    Officials with RAGBRAI say a cyclist has died on this year's trek across Iowa. According to the RAGBRAI website, a 63-year-old man died while riding on Monday...More >>
    Officials with RAGBRAI say a cyclist has died on this year's trek across Iowa. According to the RAGBRAI website, a 63-year-old man died while riding on Monday...
    More >>
  • QCA Man Competes On NBC's American Ninja Warrior

    QCA Man Competes On NBC's American Ninja Warrior

    Monday, July 21 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-21 19:19:00 GMT
    A Quad City man will test his skills against others when he competes on American Ninja Warrior. Matt Harris has spent most of his life in...More >>
    A Quad City man will test his skills against others when he competes on American Ninja Warrior. Matt Harris has spent most of his life in...More >>
  • Red, White & Boom! Fireworks Rescheduled For Labor Day

    Red, White & Boom! Fireworks Rescheduled For Labor Day

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:35:58 GMT
    The Red, White and Boom Fireworks display that was canceled due to flooding is getting a second chance this year.The annual 3rd of July fireworks display has been rescheduled for Labor Day, September 1...More >>
    The Red, White and Boom Fireworks display that was canceled due to flooding is getting a second chance this year.The annual 3rd of July fireworks display has been rescheduled for Labor Day, September 1...More >>

 

Police are asking the community to be vigilant in locating two Davenport residents who disappeared over the holiday season.

In unrelated cases, 45-year-old Willis Hughes was last seen Sat., Dec. 21 and 29-year-old Carrie Olson was last seen Sat., Dec. 28.
  
Police classified Hughes as missing on the day his family reported it. But it took a full week before police could classify Olson as a missing person because, police say, there is certain protocol they must follow when someone disappears.

A missing person is defined by the following (Davenport Police Department):

     1. A person of any age who is missing and who is under proven physical/mental disability or is senile, thereby subjecting that person or others to personal and immediate danger.
     2. A person of any age who is missing under circumstances indicating that the person's physical safety may be in danger.
     3. A person of any age who is missing under circumstances indicating that the disappearance was not voluntary.
     4. A person of any age who is missing after a catastrophe.
     5. A person who is missing and declared an unemancipated minor, meaning a minor seventeen years of age or younger who has not married and resides with a parent or other legal guardian, and does not meet any of the previously listed criteria.

While, police say, it was immediately clear that 45-year-old Hughes fit the missing persons criteria, it was not immediately clear to police that 29-year-old Olson was actually missing.

"We need to be able to prove that this person is missing, that they did not go on their own, was not voluntary," said Major Don Schaeffer, Asst. Davenport Police Chief.

"We're liable, everybody is liable, of violating that person's 14th Amendment Right of Privacy."

But, after a week-long investigation that is still ongoing and executing a search warrant for Olson's home, police are now asking the public for help locating both missing persons.

 

Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.