Homeless Man Reported Missing after Leaving Belongings at Motel

The following information was provided by the Strongsville police department

The brother-in-law of a homeless man reported him missing Friday after the motel where he was staying told him the man left the door to his room standing open June 19 and hadn't been back since.

Police officers may have been the last ones to see the man, 30, in Strongsville -- they outside the police station about 11:30 p.m. June 19.

The caller said his brother-in-law may be trying to walk to Kentucky. He doesn't have a car and won't ride buses, a report said.

Police here put out a teletype about the missing man on Friday. Later in the afternoon, Rocky River police called to say they had dealt with the man on Thursday. He said he was homeless and had just been released from Lakewood hospital.

When Rocky River officers encountered the man again about 3 a.m. Friday, they took him to a shelter in Cleveland.

The brother-in-law went to to pick up the man's belongings.


neil gordon June 28, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Cleveland has an abundance of resources to help the homeless that strongsville simply does not have. When you see a homeless person you may offer them the phone number and address of the Cleveland City Mission: 5310 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103 (216) 431-3510 Even the homeless can get cell phones with minutes for free. The Cleveland City Mission is huge and offers addiction counseling, work training and meals and housing for those who agree to stay with the program. They are not just handed money, this is where the problems are with many well-meaning people handing out money to homeless or those who appear homeless. The cycle of addiction is never addressed until they get help.
neil gordon June 28, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Men or women seeking a place to sleep and have often refused treatment or help will often stand at freeway exits or parking lot areas in suburbs where well meaning people will see them and offer them money. PLEASE don't do this. I know it feels good and brings a smile, but it worsens the cycles of dependance, addiction and despair for these poor people. You may offer them a gift card to a local fast food restaurant, or a bottle of water but DON'T GIVE CASH!! Please.


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