UPDATE: Missing Man Who Left Juanita Care Center Found Safe in Seattle

The man, John “Jack” L. Miller, walked away from a Juanita care center Saturday afternoon, and was located in Seattle by a resident who had seen news report and took him in.


UPDATE, 6 a.m., Nov. 11: A missing 73-year-old man who walked away from a care center in the Juanita area of Kirkland Saturday afternoon was located unharmed in Seattle early Sunday morning and has been reunited with his family.

John “Jack” L. Miller of Woodinville, who police reported suffers from dementia, was spotted in the 500 block of NE 85th Street by a Seattle resident who had heard news reports about the case. The resident picked up Miller, took him into his home and called Seattle Police at about 2:30 a.m.

A Kirkland officer went to the home and confirmed Miller’s identity, finding the man confused and disoriented but otherwise fine. He was taken by private ambulance to a hospital for evaluation. He apparently made it to Seattle by bus.

Kirkland police and some 50 King County Search and Rescue volunteers spent several hours looking for Miller, in and around Juanita and the two parks on Juanita Bay, as well as in the Totem Lake area.


Original story:

Kirkland Police and King County Search and Rescue are looking for a 73-year-old man who suffers from dementia and walked away from a care center in Juanita Saturday afternoon.

The man is identified as John “Jack” L. Miller of Woodinville, 5-foot-6, of thin build and about 160 pounds, the Kirkland Police Department reported in a press release Saturday night.

The public is being asked to contact the Kirkland Police Department with any information about where Miller might be, either by calling 9-1-1 or the NORCOM Dispatch Center at 425-577-5656.

Here is the full KPD press release:


KIRKLAND, Wash. – John “Jack” L. Miller (08/07/39) of Woodinville walked away from the Life Care Center of Kirkland, 10101 NE 120th Street, today between 1:30 and 3:30 pm.  Miller suffers from dementia and has only been at the Life Care Center for just over a week.

Miller is a white male, 73 years-of-age, 5’6”, thin build, approximately 160 pounds, blue eyes, balding gray hair, possibly some whiskers otherwise clean shaven.  He wears glasses only for reading and may not have had them with him.  He was last seen wearing a t-shirt (possibly long-sleeve), baggie blue jeans held up by a belt, bright yellow socks and white tennis shoes.  He was not wearing a coat.  He may have had a plastic ID bracelet on his wrist.  Miller has no wallet, no money or credit cards, no ID and no phone with him.  He also has a tattoo on his left arm from when he was in the Navy.  The design is unknown.

Miller is expected to be aware of his name and the date (day and month but not year), but not his surroundings or the situation.  He has mentioned wanting to “ride the rail” to DC to speak with President Obama.  Miller used to go to The Cook House and Mi Tierra in Woodinville.  He is a smoker and has not had a cigarette in two weeks.  Family members stated that it would not be unexpected for him to ask someone for a cigarette.

Kirkland PD Patrol Officers, Detectives and King County Search and Rescue volunteers are currently searching for Mr. Miller.  Please contact the Kirkland Police Department or call 911 if you have information on John Miller.


Kelley November 14, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Call me cranky, but the KPD asked the City of Bellevue to initiate reverse 9-1-1 calls on this missing guy (I am very happy that he was found safe) which were made to our house at 1:48 a.m.!!! What did they expect us to do, go out and look for him in our yard in our pajamas?? I found this to be a very inappropriate use of the system, especially at that time of night!!
Kelly Miller November 16, 2012 at 03:55 AM
At 33 degrees it was a life saving request. Sorry to have bothered you. Our family is very happy that one unselfish person in Seattle stopped and pick him up at 2:30 a.m., gave him a coat to wear, took him home to get warm, and called the police for his safe return to his extremely worried family. I sure hope you never have to go through a night of worry like we did. john's loving daughter-in-law, Kelly
Greg Johnston November 16, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Thank you for posting Kelly, I was so happy to hear your father-in-law was found safely. I've heard at least one other person grouse about the early morning call -- I didn't get one even though I live pretty close to where he had been staying. The system did work this time though, that's the most important thing!


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