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Posted on: June 10, 2019

Missing Person

Missing Person Update 4:15 p.m.

On 06-11-2019 at approximately 1:45 p.m., Patrice was found by Carbondale City Employees and reunited with her family.  Patrice was treated and released from the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.  The investigation is active and remains ongoing.

In addition to the community members who volunteered and businesses who donated items that greatly assisted the search efforts, the Carbondale Police Department would like to thank the following:

All Carbondale City employees to include the Police Department, Fire Department, Building and Neighborhood Services and Public Works.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

SIU Police Department

Illinois State Police

Federal Bureau of Investigation

SIU Aviation

Black Diamond Aviation

Franklin County Emergency Management Agency

SAR K-9 of Fairview Heights

Jackson County Emergency Management Agency

Jackson County 911 Office

Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office

The local media outlets to include WSIL3/WPSD6/KFVS12/ The Southern Illinoisan and the Carbondale Times.

Missing Person Update 2:09 p.m.

On 06-11-2019 at about 1:45 p.m. Patrice was recovered by Carbondale City Employees involved in the search in the 1500 block of North Marion Street extension in Carbondale.  Patrice was reunited with her family and then transported to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale to verify her well being.  The investigation is continuing and ongoing.

The Carbondale Police Department would like to the Carbondale Community for all their assistance and support for all those involved in the search.   

Missing Person Update 9:45 a.m.:

The City of Carbondale Police Department continues its request for the public’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile, Patrice D. Dotson.   Officers worked throughout the night and continue this morning in an effort to locate Patrice.  Patrice, age 7, was last seen on 06-10-2019 at about 6:00 p.m in the 600 block of West Cherry Street.  Patrice is described as about 4’00” tall, weighing about 70 pounds, with brown eyes and braided black hair with multi-colored beads. Patrice was last seen wearing gray shorts, a white tee shirt, and pink shoes.  Patrice was reported to be in the Carbondale area on foot. Patrice walks with a pronounced limp and has a large blemish on the left side of her nose.  Patrice has a mental development disability and is sometimes non-verbal.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dotson should contact the Carbondale Police Department at 618-549-2121. The investigation into this incident is continuing.


Prior Release on 06-10-2019 10:00 p.m.:

The City of Carbondale Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile. Patrice D. Dotson, age 7, was last seen on 06-10-2019 at about 6:00 p.m in the 600 block of West Cherry Street. Dotson is described as about 4’00” tall, weighing about 70 pounds, with brown eyes and braided black hair with multi-colored beads. She was last seen wearing gray shorts, a white tee shirt, and pink shoes. Dotson is believed to be in the Carbondale area on foot. Dotson has a mental development disability and is sometimes non- verbal. Anyone with info verbal. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dotson should contact the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200. The investigation into this incident is continuing. 



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