How Late is Too Late for a Phone Call From Framingham Police?

A missing man, age 78, Monday night prompted reverse 9-1-1 calls to many residents. The Framingham man was found about 12 hours later at a friend's house.

Framingham Police located a missing elderly man Tuesday morning at a friend's house, about 12 hours after sending out reverse 9-1-1 phone calls to many Framingham residents Monday night after 11:30.

Albert Guero, 78, was last seen at Shoppers World in Framingham on Monday around 9 p.m. His car was found at the shopping center, but the elderly man could not be located and family members noted he had memory loss issues.

Guero was located about 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 13 at a friend's home, but he never called his family to let him know where he was, said police.

Framingham Patch heard from dozens of residents unhappy with the late night reverse 9-1-1 call. Some questioned the need for a call after 11:30 p.m. when there was not a danger to their homes or families. Some suggested a text or email might be better that late at night. There was also a discussion on Frambors/Framgov list serve about the late night phone call.

Framingham Patch contacted the Framingham Police for clarification on its policy of reverse 9-1-1 calls but did not get a response.


Patch readers: What do you think? How late is too late for a phone call from police? What type of incident should warrant a late night reverse 9-1-1 call? Post your thoughts below in the comment section.
CD NEO May 14, 2014 at 02:54 PM
I'm glad people are posting about this. I happen to be awake at the time, but was completely surprised by the late time of the call and with the nature of the call. A missing person? Did they want to awaken us to check under our beds for him or did they want us to rip off our PJ's, grab our flashlights, and join in the search? I could understand a call related to a danger to the sleeping citizens, but this was a little much. I'm sure it was a poor decision made by one or a few that weren't thinking too clearly, so I still got your back F.P.D.!
TC May 14, 2014 at 07:17 PM
Meh. Didn't bother me in the least. Seriously, is this the most that people have to complain about?
Matthew Keefe May 14, 2014 at 10:39 PM
I see no issue with this. Now if it was a robocall or marketing matter I would be pissed.. but a missing Senior or child, no problem. Even if you're home you may know someone or just tweet about it which gets others looking.
D Penta May 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM
With all the technology around, is there a way for each person to decide what is an acceptable time. I'm thinking one could block calls from midnight to 6 a.m.? I'm in bed by 11 but up by 6. Others I know stay up until 1 a.m. and do not get up until 8 a.m. Then, I have friends who work at the medical center who are up all night.
Brenda Crawshaw May 15, 2014 at 09:42 PM
I thought it was prudent. Many people opt to receive those calls on their cells. At that hour, an elderly man wandering around is going to stand out and there's a better likelihood of being noticed. I am fairly certain that if any elderly relative of any of the complainers was missing and they were worried enough to involve the police, they would be grateful for the public assistance.


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