Missing man found Monday
CRAWFORDSVILLE — Monday evening the Crawfordsville Fire Department, the Ainsworth Fire Department, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department all were looking for a 22-year-old man who had gone missing in Crawfordsville.
The call was received at the Washington Communications Center at 7:09 p.m. according to the Washington County Communications Log. The missing person was an autistic male. He was last seen at 7:30 a.m. by his parents.
Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar said the department does three things when someone goes missing.
“We will have our deputies go visit the family and get some details,” he said. “Then we’ll do a physical search of the family’s home to make sure the missing person isn’t in there. After that we’ll set up a command center and begin the search.”
He said the main concern about yesterday’s incident was that the young man hadn’t communicated to anyone in his family as to where he was going.
“He was last seen around 3 p.m. walking north on old 218 by someone in town,” Dunbar said. “Before his mom called us, she had family members and friends out searching for him.”
The sheriff’s department’s K-9 unit had responded and Dunbar called the Washington Police Department for their search-and-rescue dog to come help.
“He was on his way when we found the young man, so he was not used,” Dunbar said.
The missing person was found walking along an old railroad trail just north of Crawfordsville. Someone on an ATV went down the trail and found him, Dunbar said.
Dunbar has some advice for family members when they think someone is missing.
“Check your house and under every nook and cranny,” he said. “A lot of times the missing person will be in the house. Then call us. If we get dispatched and then called back and told we’re not needed, then we’re a happy camper.”