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Charlottesville Police Department expanding search for missing person
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The Charlottesville Police Department is expanding the search effort for Samuel Lee Houchens who was reported missing on Friday, June 22, 2018. The search commencing this morning will be based at Quarry Park on Quarry Road in Charlottesville and focus on Moores Creek and surrounding areas.
The Charlottesville Police Department will utilize resources on the ground, on water, and in the air. Assistance is being provided by search and rescue personnel with the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office. At this time, volunteers are not being sought to assist with the search effort.
Mr. Houchens is a 53-year-old white male with brown hair thinning on top, 5 feet 7 inches tall, and 160 lbs. Mr. Houchens was last seen late Wednesday night, June 20, 2018, at 1623 Meridian Street. Mr. Houchens has limited mobility and often uses a wheelchair, however, he may be on foot.
If you have seen Mr. Houchens or have any information to his whereabouts, please call CrimeStoppers at (434) 977-4000.
Residents in proximity to Quarry Park are being notified this morning about the search via the CodeRED emergency notification service. Households that have already enrolled to receive CodeRED alerts will receive a text message and/or phone call informing them about the search effort. The community is encouraged to enroll in this free notification service by visiting communityemergency.org and clicking the CodeRED icon on the web page. Residents may also call 434-971-1263 to sign-up by phone.