SDMRT 2018-04 San Marcos

SDMRT Responders: Kyle Albertson, Steve Herman, Jesse Ma, Dennis Peck, Tony Rolfe, Eitan Zur, Mark Kenny, John Hatala

SDMRT ITC: Mark Kenny

Other responding organizations: SDSDSAR

Short Summary:

  • Type of callout: Full
  • In-county San Diego
  • Type of search: Search
  • Location: CP at 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078
  • Residence: 880 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos
  • Earliest time of activity: Initial callout at 1052
  • Operational periods: 1 (Initial callout at 1052, 10-22 at 1350. 2 hours 58 minutes)
  • Information about the subject:
    • Number/names of subjects: 1
    • Age: 71
    • Level of fitness and preparedness:
    • Mental status: Dementia
    • Injuries, if applicable: None
    • How were they found: Wandered into nearby assisted living home ( 1590 W San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos)
    • Any rescuers injured: No
  • Aircraft used: No. Poor weather.

Descriptive Report

The following report from Sgt. Fred Duey:

San Marcos deputies received a call of a missing person, 71 year old female, Vi Fleming, diagnosed with dementia. She was last seen by family members at 2000 hours, on 3/9/18 (Friday night). When Vi’s sister (RP) woke up at 0700 hours she assumed Vi was still sleeping. At 800 hours, RP checked Vi’s room and discovered Vi was missing. The RP checked the house and called the Sheriff’s department for assistance.

When deputies arrived, they searched the area and made all the necessary checks. Deputies called for air support, however ASTREA was down due to weather.

At about 0930 deputies called for our assistance. They worked on few additional things, and a SAR callout was placed.

Ernie ran Operations and started getting arriving units search assignments. John Buzzard and Russ Machado were sent out to interview the family. When they returned Machado was briefing me on their investigation, when the Sheriff’s Communication Center received a call of a suspicious person in the nearby assisted living home at 1590 W San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos.. The description of the person matched Vi. Deputies responded to the locations and discovered Vi had been at the location for a few hours. Initially she was mingling with the other residents, then became secluded. She was approached by staff members, when they discovered Vi was not a resident.

Vi was in good health and dry considering the rainy weather. She was happily reunited with her family.