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Posted on: August 17, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Code Red System Key in Finding Missing Person Carl Pawelski

CodeRED, the emergency notification system used by the City of Stevens Point, was key in locating 87-year old Carl Pawelski, who went missing on Monday. Pawelski was found by Michael Buse, who checked his property after receiving a CodeRED message.

CodeRED, the emergency notification system used by the City of Stevens Point, was key in locating 87-year old Carl Pawelski, who went missing on Monday. Pawelski was found near Old Wausau Road by Michael Buse, who checked his property after receiving a CodeRED message.

Stevens Point Police Department officers, along with Portage County deputies and volunteers with search dogs, had been looking for Pawelski. At approximately 7 a.m., Stevens Point Dispatcher Kim Zvara recorded the CodeRED message and launched the job which placed calls to numbers in the vicinity of Pawelski’s home. Within ten minutes, 1500 numbers had been called to alert area residents to look for Pawelski. At approximately 9 a.m., CodeRED calls were made to a larger area of 31,744 numbers. Buse received one of the messages and searched his property, finding Pawelski in a wooded area at 9:34 a.m.

This is the second time this year that a CodeRED alert has resulted in locating a missing person. In April, an 82-year old man with Alzheimer’s disease wandered away from his home. A CodeRED message triggered a family to search their property, where they found the missing man in an area that was not readily visible.

Concerned citizens who acted on the CodeRED information they received were key to the positive outcomes in both of these incidents. Stevens Point Police Department Shift Supervisor John Moss said, “Quality citizens who take the time to look for missing individuals when they receive an alert should be commended.”

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