A Modesto man was found alive and well after police located him following an all-day search centered near Cal Poly’s campus on Wednesday.
Police found Sean Vincent, 21, unharmed Wednesday afternoon after a search and rescue operation was launched to locate him.
Vincent, who was first reported missing Wednesday morning, was skateboarding to a friend’s house at approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday when he was separated from the friend he was visiting in San Luis Obispo. After a full day of searching, three people who recognized Vincent from missing person notices reported seeing him on Price Canyon Road near U.S. Highway 227, miles away from where he was reported missing.
“We put it out to the news, we used the (backwards 911 alert) system,” Lt. Bill Proll said. “People spotted the individual on Price Canyon Road.”
After the callers reported seeing a man they believed matched Vincent’s description on Price Canyon Road, a Sheriff deputy confirmed it was him and picked him up to bring him to the San Luis Obispo Police Department. He waited there for his father to pick him up after being evaluated by officers. Initial reports showed that Vincent appeared to be in good condition, Proll said.
Police began the search at their mobile headquarters Wednesday morning at the intersection of Kentucky and Fredericks streets, where Vincent was last seen before the search began.
Sheriff’s search and rescue crews brought in dogs to aid with the search near the area in San Luis Obispo. Other agencies, including the Salvation Army support services joined in on the search.
Police found Vincent’s skateboard near the intersection Wednesday morning, which further concerned officers about his well-being.
Vincent’s friends were worried about him because of possible suicidal tendencies, Proll said. Vincent had been taking medication in the past, but police said he did not have his medication with him when he went missing.
“We had a history of this person being suicidal and needing medication,” Proll said.
The circumstances of Vincent’s disappearance are still under investigation, though police do not believe alcohol was a factor.