A 69-year-old missing Collinsville man was located by law enforcement at about 11 a.m. Monday at a southern Illinois Hotel.
Captain Mike Dixon of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department said David A. McAdams had voluntary gone missing. No foul play, criminal intent or medical issues are thought to be a factor in his voluntary disappearance.
McAdams, of the 500 block of S. Mulberry Road, was last seen by his wife Thursday morning. He later stopped at a doctor’s office and video surveillance showed McAdams processing a bank transaction in Fairview Heights at 11:43 a.m. Thursday. He did not withdraw an inordinate amount of money, law enforcement official said.
McAdams’ family was notified that he was located, but, at McAdams’ request, his exact location was not shared, Dixon said.
“A person has a right to cut off contact with others if they want to,” Dixon said. “In situations like this, we try to stress to the person that they should contact their family, but we can’t force them to do that.”
Dixon said cases were people go voluntarily missing are not uncommon, and can be frustrating for law enforcement officials, who spend a great deal of time locating the person, but they treat every missing person report the same.
“We have saved many lives by treating every one as if it’s a criminal act or the person is in danger,” Dixon said.
When a person goes voluntarily missing, law enforcement officials assess the person’s health and welfare, Dixon said. McAdams did not commit a criminal act by voluntarily going missing, Dixon said,