News Story


VC Alert Aids in Locating Missing Elderly Man
5/11/2015 6:36:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

VC Alert Emergency Notification System Aids in Locating a Missing Camarillo Resident

Date & Time:

5/10/15- 10:20 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services


On the above date, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office responded to a Camarillo Convalescent Home to aid in the search for a missing elderly man.  Upon arriving on scene, deputies learned that the 83 year old man that suffered from dementia had mistakenly walked away from the care center. Due to the victim's age and medical condition, numerous Sheriff's resources were deployed in an effort to bring the individual home safely.


In addition to sheriff's deputies in patrol cars and a helicopter searching the area, the VC Alert mass emergency notification system was activated and over 10,000 phone calls, emails and text messages were sent to Camarillo residents. Within a matter of minutes of activating the system, the Sheriff's Communications Center received several phone calls from Camarillo residents with information regarding the man's location.  Thanks to the diligence and watchful eye of Camarillo citizens, deputies were able to locate the individual and return him to the care facility without incident.


The VC Alert mass notification system was implemented by the Sheriff's Office in 2011 and continues to serve a vital role in alerting residents during an emergency. The system is offered to the public free of charge and all ten Ventura County cities participate. The system is comprised of all listed and unlisted landline telephone numbers services by AT&T, Verizon & Time Warner. Residents can register to receive alerts on their cell phones by visiting


Prepared by:

Gil Zavlodaver, Program Administrator

News Release Date:


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Gil Zavlodaver, Program Administrator (805) 947-8054


Approved by:

Captain Ross Bonfiglio

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).