Missing 18 yr old with Mental Health Disorders located Safe and Unharmed


NORTHVILLE, MI – An 18-year-old who was the subject of a Missing Person Alert has been located unharmed.

On Tuesday December 5th, 2017, Metro South Troopers were dispatched to the Hawthorn Center located at 18471 Haggerty Rd., in Northville, for a runaway/escapee complaint.




The missing subject was identified as Jose Ramon Duchene , 18 years old, who has been receiving care at the Hawthorn Center for mental health disorders since January 2017. According to his father, Jose has acted violent in the past is non-verbal when confronted and will react violently if/when physical contact is made. Jose enjoys “special operations” tactics, hiding in trees, low crawling, etc.

On Tuesday, Jose was allowed into an outdoor area of the Hawthorn Center, where he jumped over a fence and fled.

A K9 and aviation search were unable to locate the 18-year-old.  In addition, troopers and Northville PD searched the surrounding areas that included neighborhoods and businesses.  In case he were to have returned to the Hawthorn Center, a final search of the exterior of the center was conducted to check for any points of entry.  None were found.

A Endangered Missing Advisory Media Notice was issued and Law Enforcement continued to look for Jose through the night. An area broadcast was made to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department in case he tried to return home.

On Wednesday December 6th, 2017, Jose Duchene, was located on the 33000 block of Oakdale St at approximately 7:30 AM by the homeowner.

Jose was wrapped in a blanket on the back porch and appeared to have been outdoors all evening.  Livonia PD arrived to that location where Jose, who was cooperative, was taken into protective custody. He was checked out by medics on scene and given the all clear.

After making contact with the Hawthorn Center, they requested he be returned to their facility. His family was contacted and informed that he had been located unharmed and was returned to the Center.

No further investigation will take place.

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