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Missing Autistic 25yo Located Safely
(August 18, 2011)

Sheriff's Deputies locate Missing Autistic Woman

Sheriff's Deputies locate Missing Autistic Woman

"We are very glad there is a safe ending to this"

- Sheriff Doug Cox

OnAugust 18, 2011 at 1247 hours, Johnson County Sheriff’s Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call from a caretaker at the Capitol City Residential Health facility located at 403 San Marcos Drive in unincorporated Greenwood, White River Township, Johnson County, Indiana.  Capitol City Residential Health is a residential style facility where caretakers assist mentally and physically disabled residents.  Caretaker Torica Clark reported that 25-year old Crystal Harrison is autistic, and was outside playing in the yard with a ball.  The caretaker noticed that she no longer heard the ball bouncing outside, and when she looked out to check on Crystal, she could not locate her.  Ms. Clark checked the immediate area then called the Sheriff’s 9-1-1 Communications Center. 

Sheriff Doug Cox and more than a dozen Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives were joined by members of the White River Fire Department to search the residential area around the Villas II subdivision.  Of great concern were several area residential swimming pools and unsecured retention ponds – as the missing individual was unable to swim.  Sheriff Cox requested additional support from canine units and a helicopter from the Indiana State Police.  In addition, the non-profit service “A Child Is Missing” was utilized to perform mass notification phone calls to 1,600 area residents; in that message was a request that the public be on the lookout for Ms. Harrison and to check their area pools and retention ponds.  “A Child Is Missing” offers a free mass notification service to law enforcement agencies who are attempting to locate missing children or endangered adults.

Moments after the mass notification calls were sent, at 2:26 p.m., Sheriff’s personnel located the missing 25-year old who was found at 777 Valley Way Road in Greenwood.  She was returned unharmed to the Capitol City Residential Health facility. 

As a result of the “A Child Is Missing” mass notification calls to area residents, Sheriff’s Deputies reported many area residents driving around the area looking for the missing woman.  The Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank all residents who took the time to help locate this individual and see that she was returned to her residence safely.

 

 

 

 

 

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