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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday November 12th, 2020 :: 05:09 p.m. PST


Missing Person Found with the Help of VC Alert

Nature of Incident: Missing Person Found with the Help of VC Alert

Report Number: 20-156005

Location: City of Camarillo

Date & Time: November 10, 2020

Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Police Department, Camarillo Investigation Bureau, Ventura County Sheriff’s Communication Center, East Valley Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services

(P)arty: Male City of Residence: Camarillo


A missing elderly male from the City of Camarillo, who was considered at risk due to the cold weather, was located alive with the help of VC Alert Emergency Notification System.

On November 9, 2020, an elderly male was reported missing in the City of Camarillo. Numerous resources were utilized to locate this person including patrol deputies, detectives, Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, and search and rescue volunteers. One of the many tactics used was a notification to the public utilizing VC Alert. This alert prompted a nurse from Los Robles Hospital to call the Sheriff’s Office because she believed the missing person was at the hospital. They provided information of a person who had been transported to Los Robles Hospital for a medical emergency who matched the missing person’s description. An investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and Los Robles Hospital confirmed the person was in fact at the hospital, but under a different name. The notification from VC Alert was the reason this diligent nurse was able to make this vital connection. The missing person’s family was reunited with him at the hospital.

VC Alert is an emergency notification system for Ventura County residents that may be used to alert you if there is an emergency in your community. Alerts come in the form of text messages, e-mails, and phone calls and are in English and Spanish. VC Alert is a great way to stay connected to your community in times of uncertainty such as fires, floods, and other events that regularly occur in Ventura County.

Once you are registered with VC Alert you can customize your settings to include other important locations in your life such as your children’s schools, parents home, and areas surrounding your place of work. Additionally, VC Alert can be used in all cities and unincorporated area of Ventura County, no matter the police or fire jurisdiction.

To learn more about VC Alert and to register your household go to You can also register by text message by texting “VCALERT”, by e-mail at [email protected], using the mobile app “VC Alert”, by mail to Ventura County Sheriff’s OES at 800 South Victoria Avenue. #3460, Ventura, CA, 93009, or phone at (805) 648-9283.

Prepared: Detective Chris Dyer

News Release Date: November 10, 2020

Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Chris Dyer
(805) 535-0270

Approved by: Captain Shane Matthews

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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