Public Affairs Office

1100 Cultural Park Blvd

Cape Coral, FL 33990


Date: July 12, 2011

Subject: Off-Duty Officer's Take-Home Police Car Crucial in Locating Missing Man

On the morning of July 3rd Cape Coral Police were investigating a call of a missing elderly man in the 3300 of SW 1st Place. The 79 year old man was last seen by his family around midnight the night before.

The family awoke to discover that the man was missing. They called the Cape Coral Police Department and began searching for him. The search lasted for upwards of thirty minutes until the man was located by an off-duty Cape Coral Police Officer.

Well actually, the man found the officer. The elderly man realized that he was lost and when he saw a Cape Coral Police car in the driveway of a home, he knew he could get help. The man knocked on Officer Jason Rosas' door and told him that he was lost. Officer Rosas contacted dispatch and asked if they had any reports of a missing person.

The gentleman was quickly reunited with his family, thanks in part to the Assigned Vehicle Program (take-home car program) of the Cape Coral Police Department. The family was referred to the department's Victim Advocates for information about Project Lifesaver.

"This is another example of the positive benefits of the assigned vehicle program. Some good things just can't be quantified in a spread sheet."-Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.