Update: After more than a day, Vincent has been found

June 25, 2014 at 2:11 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 26 Comments

WEDNESDAY NIGHT UPDATE: According to scanner traffic, Vincent has been found in North Delridge, and is with police. *Added*: His mom called us to verify this and also said he was found with an orange bicycle, so if anyone is missing one, let police know.

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FIRST PUBLISHED TUESDAY EVENING, UPDATED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: Vincent is still missing, so we’re moving this up. Please call 911 if you see or have seen him.
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ORIGINAL 7:45 PM TUESDAY REPORT: Vincent, a West Seattle resident who is 26 years old and developmentally disabled, is missing, according to a phone call we received from his mom.

He was the subject of a search three and a half weeks ago and turned up outside West Seattle. Today, he left his home at 3 and was supposed to be back at 4 but hasn’t been seen since.

His mom says Vincent is wearing a green tank top and gray cargo pants. Please call 911 if you have seen him.

12:22 PM WEDNESDAY: We checked with Vincent’s mom; he is still missing, and a report is filed with police. One addition to the photo – he wears wire-rimmed glasses.

1:57 PM WEDNESDAY: SPD just tweeted a new photo:

26 Comments

  1. I hope he is found soon.
    Is it possible he would wear a gps bracelet in the future?

    Comment by Kg — 8:36 pm June 24, 2014 #

  2. Gosh, I hope he’s found soon! Does he often take the Fauntleroy ferry? I used to work there, and think I remember him, only the person I’m thinking of wore glasses. Maybe it’s some one different.

    Comment by K'lo — 9:13 pm June 24, 2014 #

  3. Again? Wasn’t he missing last month?

    Comment by Michele — 10:05 pm June 24, 2014 #

  4. He usually travels with his mom, right?
    I didn’t see them today. :-( I hope he’s ok.

    Comment by pigeonmom — 10:55 pm June 24, 2014 #

  5. I know Vincent and his mom. I’m just sick he’s missing. Another thing to note is that he doesn’t really speak, at least in public. He does indeed wear glasses.

    Comment by Cammie — 2:38 pm June 25, 2014 #

  6. I posted on the original story and for some reason you didn’t post it.
    Is there a tracking device special needs people can wear like a bracelet or something to help find a missing person faster and to prevent future long term missing cases like these?

    Comment by alki resident — 2:56 pm June 25, 2014 #

  7. AlkiResident- when my grandmother had Alzheimer’s we tried to have her at least wear an ID bracelet (this was about 7-10 years ago now) especially when she got to a non-verbal progression of the disease, unfortunately she literally ripped them off. Bracelets and necklaces, heavy duty. She didn’t know what they were or why she should wear it and couldn’t verbalize that so she just ripped them off, damaged her skin terribly. It’s very hard to keep someone with special needs compliant with wearing ID and I presume a GPS device would be more difficult given the size. . Our best solution was a fanny pack with a state issued ID card.

    Comment by Trickycoolj — 3:15 pm June 25, 2014 #

  8. If not a GPS bracelet or watch, maybe a chip that could be attached to the shoes he usually wears? That might go less noticed than an object he has to wear- if he is sensitive to wearing things like that. Hope he is found safe and sound soon.

    Comment by ACG — 3:28 pm June 25, 2014 #

  9. Several years ago I put a slide-on pet ID onto a family member’s shoes (at the base/toe part of the laces/velcro, not near the ankle); he didn’t really notice that — but also had torn off any bracelets, necklaces, etc.. It was similar to this one:

    http://www.amazon.com/Slide-On-Pet-Collar-Noise-Colors/dp/B00E5FMH1Q

    Helped tremendously!

    Comment by ocean — 3:34 pm June 25, 2014 #

  10. There are many tracking devices and systems to choose from – my family researched them when caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s – there’s Locator Watch, and I don’t know if King County Sheriff’s office participates in this, but perhaps the Project Lifesaver program (mentioned in this article) could be of assistance. The watches can be locked so they can’t be taken off. If that isn’t suitable, there are smaller GPS tracking chips that can be attached to clothing and shoes.

    Comment by Mookie — 3:40 pm June 25, 2014 #

  11. Thank you, Ive been wondering for a long time and when this guy went missing again it made me realize how important it is to have some sort of tracker. I hope his mom can afford something in the future and if not,please let the blog know so we can all put in funds to help. Its well worth the cost.

    Comment by alki resident — 3:58 pm June 25, 2014 #

  12. I saw Vincent yesterday 3:00 at California and Director. He was walking down director street towards the ferry dock.

    Comment by Lauri — 4:00 pm June 25, 2014 #

  13. Sending light and love, hoping Vincent gets home safely soon.

    Comment by Jennhx — 4:36 pm June 25, 2014 #

  14. I agree w/alki resident. Please let us know if a fund gets started to help his Mother get some sort of location/gps device for her son. As guardian to a person with special needs, my heart goes out to her.

    Comment by K'lo — 5:58 pm June 25, 2014 #

  15. I assume they have checked the ferry terminal/cameras, or it may be too early for that. Otherwise, any canvas of Lincoln or Fauntleroy parks?

    Comment by Ray — 6:29 pm June 25, 2014 #

  16. I was at the ferry terminal waiting/boarding area all day until 8pm and I didn’t see him.

    Comment by pigeonmom — 6:43 pm June 25, 2014 #

  17. I believe I saw him down at constellation park around 5:30pm yesterday. Except the person I saw was wearing cargo shorts, not pants. And I can’t recall a tank top. I was on a brisk walk, and he was walking in front of me. A runner passed by both of us and he stopped to pause along the railing. As I passed, he turned towards me. We made eye contact, I nodded hello, and he flashed me that smile. The same smile in those photos. The passing was brief and my memory doesn’t match the clothing details, but as clear as I can recall, that was him.

    Do I call 911 for this?

    Comment by shed22 — 7:06 pm June 25, 2014 #

  18. If he was walking towards ferry yesterday, he easily could’ve hopped a bus and can be anywhere by now.
    Does the ferry crews of all shifts know about him being a missing person? If not,it needs to be an APB

    Comment by alki resident — 7:28 pm June 25, 2014 #

  19. Just heard via scanner that he’s apparently been found.

    Comment by WSB — 7:47 pm June 25, 2014 #

  20. Im not working tomorrow if people want to get a search party going, be willing to go on ferry across to where ever as well.

    Comment by alki resident — 8:08 pm June 25, 2014 #

  21. Hi, again, I updated the story a while ago, he is no longer missing. His mom called us shortly afterward to confirm it.

    Comment by WSB — 8:09 pm June 25, 2014 #

  22. Yay!

    Comment by Cindy Lou Who — 9:02 pm June 25, 2014 #

  23. Awesome,great now get ahold of mom and get this tracking stuff together so she doesn’t have anymore sleepless notes please.

    Comment by alki resident — 9:36 pm June 25, 2014 #

  24. I would support a fundraising effort to get Vincent a GPS tracking system. I know him and his mother for several years now from Westcrest off leash park. I know she doesn’t have much money. There is plenty of money here in good old West Seattle surely we can help!

    Comment by cammie — 9:40 pm June 25, 2014 #

  25. What a relief he has been found and is safe!

    Comment by kas — 10:11 pm June 25, 2014 #

  26. I am so glad he was found safely. I also wanted to say that I really appreciate all of the comments on here. The West Seattle community is amazing! I don’t know Vincent, but wandering is something that affects me everyday.

    The Autism Society of WA has taken safety and autism on as a priority. In August, ASW is having a run (Heroes for Autism) to support autism trainings for first responders. ASW has also looked at starting a voluntary database for vulnerable people (Take Me Home Program). Des Moines has started using the program. In September, there will be 3 free workshops across the state for first responders. There will also be community meetings after so that all people are able to learn and have their questions answered.

    If anyone is interested in helping, please contact the Autism Society of WA. We would really appreciate it.

    Teresa McCann
    ASW Vice President and West Seattle resident

    Comment by Teresa — 11:29 am June 26, 2014 #

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