Missing Holland woman found

A Holland woman missing since Valentine's Day has been found safe in New Mexico.
Mar 18, 2013


Emelene Van Dyke told an officer she was aware of the ongoing nationwide search for her and that she left Michigan on her own.

A Roswell, N.M., police officer spotted the missing woman's vehicle in a hotel parking lot on Sunday. According to the Holland Department of Public Safety report, Van Dyke noticed police were investigating her vehicle in the lot and she then approached the officer.

A Holland officer spoke to Van Dyke over the phone, and she confirmed that she was in New Mexico on her own free will and was not in any danger. Van Dyke said she was aware that police were looking for her, but decided to remain silent for "personal reasons," according to Holland police.

Van Dyke's family members were notified of the police contact with her, and that she was being removed from the national database and computer systems of missing persons.




It is nice to know there are observant officers throughout our nation, and an alert system that seems to work. Thank you to the Roswell NM officer who spotted the "missing" woman's vehicle!

I'm sure Emelene has her reasons for "disappearing" and I hope she works that out successfully. If nothing else, she has been able to show that the "missing" can be "found".

It is also nice to know that when the "missing" explain that they are actually OK, they are not forced to return to the situation from which they were escaping.

Freedom is what our country is all about.


Should she let the cops know she was not in danger and just on walkabout... Probably.. Is it a crime nope...


This seems like an odd situation. She knew the police were looking for her but remained silent..


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