Missing Adult Alert

  • Profile Picture of Dolores Novak Missing Adult: Dolores Novak

    Location: Cuyahoga

    Description: Ms. Novak drove away from her residence and failed to return.

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  • Profile Picture of  Missing Adult:

    Location: unknown

    Description: Jeffrey is bi-polar and suicidal and has not taken his medications. He has not been seen or heard from since leaving home.

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  • Profile Picture of Paul Predragovic Missing Adult: Paul Predragovic

    Location: unknown

    Description: Paul suffered a mild stroke approximately one week ago. He is believed to be on foot in the Carroll County area.

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  • Profile Picture of William Charles Jones, Robert Caw Jr. Missing Adult: William Charles Jones, Robert Caw Jr.

    Location: unknown

    Description: Bipolar, manic depressive, schizophrenic and has made threats to harm himself. Left his apartment unlocked and didn't take his wallet and keys. After further investigation, it has been determined that a missing adult alert is necessary.

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Missing Adult Alert


Senate Bill 87 changed section 5502.522 of the Revised Code to create the statewide emergency alert program to aid in the identification and location of missing adults who are endangered and have a mental impairment or are 65 years of age or older. The bill also established activation criteria for the implementation of the program.

The Missing Adult Alert was developed in response to several incidents across the country, and in Ohio, involving older adults or adults with mental impairments that become missing. Although local agencies and media outlets have typically worked together in these incidents, there was no coordinated effort or resource center to ensure a widespread alert was issued to garner the public's assistance in the search.

The new Missing Adult Alert, patterned after portions of the AMBER Alert and Missing Child Alert, is designed to coordinate the information to the media and public in a timely manner.


  • The local investigating law enforcement agency confirms that the individual is missing.
  • The individual is 65 years of age or older or has a mental impairment.
  • The disappearance of the individual poses a credible threat of immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death to the individual.
  • There is sufficient descriptive information about the individual and the circumstances surrounding the individual's disappearance to indicate that activation of the alert will help locate the individual.


  • A blast e-mail and fax message is sent throughout the state to media outlets.
  • The information is posted on electronic billboards and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) signboards in the local area of the alert.
  • A law enforcement radio broadcast and computer message is sent to all law enforcement agencies in the state.
  • A toll free telephone line for tips and information is activated - 1-866-693-9171.
  • A Truckers Alert system is activated.
  • The Ohio Lottery will post the information on lottery terminals.
  • Special law enforcement response teams and programs are offered to assist in the search for the missing person.

Points of Contact

Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation

Phone: 740-845-2224 (24-hour number)

Ohio Amber Alert Steering Committee

The Ohio Amber Alert Steering Committeehas been assigned the responsibility of oversight of the Ohio Missing Adult Program.

  • Ohio State Highway Patrol | 614-466-2660
  • Ohio Department of Transportation | 614-799-9237
  • Ohio Attorney General's Office / Missing Children Clearinghouse | 1-800-325-5604
  • Ohio Emergency Management Agency | 614-889-7154
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation | 614-224-1183
  • Buckeye State Sheriff's Association | 419-562-7906
  • Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police | 614-761-0330
  • Ohio Association of Broadcasters | 614-228-4052
  • Victim's Advocate, Linda Maloy | 419-569-1087
  • Local/Regional AMBER Plan Representative | 614-237-5421
  • State Emergency Communications Committee Representative | 419-529-5900 x227

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