I introduced myself in the new member section. Here I want to ask for some information on the BOLO process and whether or not civilians can or should contribute to its objectives.
Situation: 68 woman (Mother of my daughter's husband) has gone missing in Fairfield, OH., has been missing now since Sunday (it is currently Wed, 1:30). She is a lady in general good condition (except for remains of a pneumonia infection--see below), with no evidence of forgetfulness or dementia. She is ambulatory and was last seen driving her 2000 Jeep SUV. I am unable to post an informative news story so Google search terms that yield numbers of news articles are "douglas, missing, woman, fairfield" (without quotes)
Police suspect foul play, but a contributing condition would be the lady's just getting over pneumonia, which we read, can contribute or cause disorientation and hallucinations much like caused by urinary tract infections in older women. As such, a hypothesis that she just began "driving aimlessly", under the influence of mental confusion, is reasonable.
Thus my question about the BOLO process. Fairfield Police advise they have issued said BOLO but did not say how it works, or how far it was sent, or to whom it was sent. Do Police network into a National or Regional BOLO network? Do they have automatic distribution to cities and departments or do they have to manually select the departments which receive the BOLO information? If BOLOs are sent to major municipalities, do small towns and villages also tie into the network and receive the same information?
Finally, we and the family are considering organizing an effort to contact Police departments within a 300 mile radius of Fairfield OH (suburb of Cincinnati), but do not know if this is possible, or whether the contacted departments can and would deal with the information we would share.
Can an officer advise me/us as to the answers to these questions, as well as whether this is a feasible idea to try.
Web site has been established, news station interviews have been given, flyers are being printed for distribution. But we want to know how to involve Police Departments in other states.
Thanks for any guidance and answers you can provide.