July 15, 2024

OTTAWA — Those involved in a night-time search for former Peoples Bank chairman Wint Winters say the successful search showed the value of a series of procedures developed for emergency situations. Ottawa Police Lt. Adam Weingartner said Ottawa police used the “Child is Missing” automated reverse-911 system to call neighbors within a two-mile radius that Winters was missing. That call produced about 60 volunteers to help law officers search. Without the system, Weingartner said it would have taken longer to organize a search. Because of training received from Franklin County Emergency Management in organizing and tracking large groups of rescuers, it was relatively simple to conduct the search using a large group of volunteers. Matthew Boyd was on the group of volunteers who found Winters in a creek a half a mile from his home. The 80-year-old Winters was reported missing after he walked away from his home Saturday evening.  
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m.

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