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Benton County Law Enforcement Agencies are joining several other departments by launching Loved Ones Safe and Together (LOST), a program to assist in identifying and locating community members who have been separated from their families or caretakers. Individuals who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, autism or other medical conditions which involve memory loss, confusion or are unable to communicate, may wander away from their home. In these situations, police officers are called to assist in locating them. In addition, officers may come across individuals who are lost but have not been reported as such. Time is a critical factor in safely locating missing persons, especially in dangerous weather conditions. Prompt dissemination of information about the missing person to the police and the public is essential. Providing necessary information to the police in advance may result in a timelier reunification.

The LOST program consists of a database that contains information about the person including name, address, physical description, date of birth, and a photograph. It also includes information about the potential activates of the person, where they may be heading or where they have been found when lost previously and what symptoms they may exhibit when located by the police officer. Additional information can include communication differences or techniques, unusual behaviors, sensory needs, triggers, and
ways to effectively interact with the individual.

Those interested need to:

  • Review LOST Brochure
  • Fill out LOST Form
  • Include a recent photograph (strongly encouraged)
  • Submit completed form

The information will be available to be viewed only by the Police Department and other essential personnel. Applications for LOST are available at your local police department or by visiting There is no cost to participate in the program, just fill out an application. To return the form fill out the PDF, save it, and email it to If you are unable to download the form, it can be sent to you with a stamped envelope to return to the Vinton Police Department. In addition to the completed information form, applicants should include a recent photograph of the individual to be included in the database. If a recent photograph is not available, arrangements will be made for an officer to take a photograph for the database.

Please contact Officer Katie Schimerowski if you need assistance or if you have any questions about the program at

Phone: (319) 472-2321

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