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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.

 

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