Another JAMI patient missing

Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2000

A patient with the Juneau Alliance for the Mentally Ill has been missing since Wednesday afternoon.

Ken Lemieux, 34, walked away from a temporary apartment on North Franklin Street where he was being helped with taking medication, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Department officials upgraded JAMI's ``request to locate'' to a more official ``missing person'' status on Friday afternoon. Lemieux is described as a Native male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 160 pounds, with brown hair cut short above the ears, and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a waist-length off-white or pale tan canvas jacket, light blue jeans, a green stocking cap and tan work boots.

He was upset when he left the JAMI center, Sgt. Tom Wehnes said Saturday. ``In the past, Lemieux has gone south, to San Francisco, Mexico and Washington state without notifying relatives or friends,'' Wehnes said. Lemieux may be disoriented.

Because the JAMI program is a voluntary one, said Lt. Ron Forneris, police receive an average of one request to locate call a week. ``On a weekly basis they are usually looking for people,'' Forneris said. Another JAMI patient, Elisabeth Nye, was missing for four days last week and found dead Thursday morning.

People who see anyone matching Lemieux's description are asked to call JPD at 586-2780.

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