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Eastern IA law enforcement prepares for missing or lost subjects


Bremer County Emergency Management and the Waverly Police Department will be hosting a course this week called Managing Lost & Missing Persons.

It's a four-day training designed to effectively launch a search quickly.

Kip Ladage with Bremer County Emergency Management has been through a number of searches, including the search for Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook.

"I spent several days on the water, not at (Meyer's Lake), but I spend several days on the Cedar River and then on some of the creeks at Black Hawk County," said Ladage. 

It's searches like the one in Evansdale, on a large or small scale, that Ladage hopes to be prepared to execute.

"It could be a missing person that's walked away from a nursing home, or a lost hunter, or (it could) be somebody with a criminal component," said Ladage. 

Participants will learn to manage a search effort for a lost or missing person in the most efficient way.

"The citizens believe we have a responsibility to prepare and to train and to be able to organize and handle these type of searches, and we believe its our responsibility to seek that training out and be prepared," said Richard Pursell, Waverly Police Chief.

The goal is to be prepared enough to plan a search for lost and missing people, whether it be in wilderness, rural or urban environments.

"I hope they leave with more confidence and good sound skills to execute a search," said Ladage.

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