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VSP Issues First-of-its-Kind Alert for Missing Charlottesville Man

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Virginia State Police has activated a "critically missing adult alert" for a Charlottesville man.

Samuel Houchens was last seen on June 20 near his home in the 1600 block of Meridian Street.

He has limited mobility and needs assistance to get around.

State police say this is the first time that they’re using this type of alert under new state law that went into effect July 1.

During the last week in June, search teams combed the area around Quarry Park and Moore's Creek for the 53-year-old with no luck.


Press Release from Virginia State Police:

At the request of the Charlottesville Police Department, the Virginia State Police has activated a "Virginia Critically Missing Adult Alert" for 53-year-old Samuel Lee Houchens.

Houchens is a white male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is 5'7 and weighs 160 lbs. He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt with navy and orange University of Virginia cavalier basketball shorts and brown, deck shoes.

Houchens is believed to be in danger and was last seen the evening of June 20, 2018, at his residence in the 1600 block of Meridian Street in Charlottesville. He may need medical attention.

Anyone with information about Houchens is asked to call 911 or the Charlottesville Police Department at 1-434-970-3280.

This is Virginia's first "Critically Missing Adult Alert" Activation since the program/new law went into effect July 1, 2018.
Website: http://www.vasenioralert.com/index.htm

Criteria for the Activation of the Critically Missing Adult (CMA) Alert Plan

  • The Abducted Adult must be 18 years of age or older and the law enforcement agency believes the adult has been abducted (unwillingly taken from their environment without permission).
  • The law enforcement agency believes the Abducted Adult is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death.
  • A law enforcement investigation has taken place that verified the abduction or eliminated alternative explanations.
  • Sufficient information is available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the Abducted Adult, suspect, and/or the suspect’s vehicle.
  • The Abducted Adult must be entered into the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) missing person files.
  • The Virginia “Abducted Adult Alert” Form authorizing release of information must be signed.