Cedar City police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person.
Johnny Dale Rollins has been missing since March 27, and was last seen at 633 W 1275 N in Cedar City.
Police say Rollins left his home to go on a walk and never returned, and that Rollins has a history of strokes and has shown signs of dementia.
Rollins is 63 years old, white, 170 pounds, has blue eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, dark pants and brown boots.
Police ask anyone who has seen Rollins or might have information to his location to call the Cedar City Police Department at (435) 586-2955.
After 12 days, Rollins has yet to be located. According to both the Iron County Sheriff’s Department and Cedar City Police Department, there are currently no leads in the case.
According to the the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Rollins has a history of taking long walks or disappearing for a period of time. Often times he would visit his favorite places around the community, and then return home after multiple hours away.
A couple years ago, Rollins was reported missing after leaving home on a bike ride. Search and rescue teams were sent out to locate Rollins, and later found him stranded in the foothills above Fiddlers Canyon.
Search and rescue teams have deployed K9’s as well as four wheelers and people on foot to check the areas he is known to frequent. No clues or leads have been located in both city and country jurisdiction areas.
Red Rock Search and Rescue from Las Vegas joined Iron County Search and Rescue to make plans for more searches this weekend. They will combine forces and search together in hopes to locate Rollins by the end of the weekend.
Cedar City Police issued a release and flyer on news and social media soon after Rollins was missing, as well as listed him with the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, which is a nationwide search. The police department has received tips from people who were believed to have seen Rollins, with none of those leading to his location.
“We are just concerned that he could have hitchhiked a ride. He could have got into a truck with a trucker. He could have done so many things,” Sergeant Womack from the Cedar City Police said.
Lieutenant Schlosser, Iron County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer, said the first 48 hours after someone has gone missing are the most critical in hoping to avoid natural causes. Schlosser also shared that there are many concerns with Rollins health and medications. Given that the area currently has cold nights and warm days, both heat and cold related risks are likely.
“The longer this goes, without us knowing where he is, the high chances this is more of a recovery than a search and rescue,” Schlosser said.
Offers were extended by SUU aviation in hopes to get a bird’s eye view of the situation, but they were not able to locate anything.
Both the Iron County Sheriff’s Department and Cedar City Police Department are calling upon Cedar City residents and SUU students to keep an eye open for anything out of the ordinary. They ask the public to contact either agency with information that can help lead to the location of the missing Rollins.
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