WA WA - Joel Wellman, 29, Buckley, 31 Jan 2020

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  1. PommyMommy

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    Rainier School student, 29, missing after night in storm-tossed woods near Buckley

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    Searchers on Saturday were looking for a student who walked away from Rainier School in Buckley just before Friday night’s wind and rainstorm. He was last seen at the school around 6 p.m. Friday.

    Search and rescue personnel immediately launched a search for Joel A. Wellman, 29, on Friday but had to suspend it due to gusting winds and falling branches, Pierce Co. Sheriff’s Dept spokesman Ed Troyer said.

    The search was resumed at daybreak on Saturday.

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    realanastasia Well-Known Member

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    More info on the place from which this man is missing (
    Rainier School | DSHS)
    “Rainier School is a habilitation center for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities located within the city limits of Buckley, Washington about a mile-and-a-half from downtown. The campus is situated in a peaceful country setting with a unique and prominent view of Mount Rainier.

    Today, Rainier School's population is about 310 adults with a wide variety of abilities and needs. 24-hour residential care and teaching is provided in the areas of work or vocational training, leisure activities, social relationships, and everyday life tasks. Programs and services are individualized and designed to enhance self-determination and maximize independence.

    The Rainier School community includes:
    • Medical, dental and nursing care;
    • Social and psychological services;
    • Occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy evaluations, treatment and adaptive equipment;
    • Vocational training and employment in paid jobs on-campus and in local communities, including operating the Rainier Thrift and Gift store located in Buckley, Washington;
    • Recreation facilities include a gymnasium, a bowling alley and a social center, evening and weekend leisure opportunities, dances and special/holiday events;
    • Residences are home-like and staffed to promote the care and teaching of daily activities, such as grooming, meals, socialization, shopping and money management, and community experiences;
    • Nutrition and dietary services, including modified textures and therapeutic diets; and
    • A beauty/barber shop, coffee shop, chapel services, volunteers, and other life-enhancing supports and opportunities.
    Rainier School is an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) program certified by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.“
     
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    Officers searching for missing, endangered man
    • Joel suffers from mental health issues and a developmental delay.
    • Officers found Joel’s sweatshirt on a logging road 1.5 miles east of Ryan Rd but the search for him was suspended Friday due to strong wind.
    • On Saturday, searchers continued to look for him in the woods throughout the day. The search will resume Sunday.
    • Joel is white, 6'1" tall, weighs 225 lbs, and has brown hair and green eyes.
    • He was last seen wearing a green shirt, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes.
    • He can be aggressive towards people and will throw rocks and may run or hide from searchers.
     
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    momrids6 JUSTICE FOR JENNIFER

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    FEB 4, 2020
    Search called off for Rainier School student missing in woods near Buckley
    The search has been called off for a developmentally disabled Rainier School student who went missing Friday in a wooded area near Buckley.

    More than 100 people spent three days looking for Joel A. Wellman, 29, who is believed to have walked away from a residential rehabilitation center.

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    “We are truly devastated by our client’s disappearance,” said Megan DeSmet, Rainier School superintendent. “While we remain hopeful he will return safely, our thoughts are with Joel’s family, friends and the staff at Rainier School who support him.”

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    He likes to run and hide and might be hiding from searchers, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

    Searchers scoured the woods and a thick marshy area, to no avail.

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    The Department of Social and Health Services said it will conduct its own investigation as to how Wellman was able to walk away from the school.

    Rainier School is a rehabilitation center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There are 310 adult students, according to DSHS.
     
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    OMG, that is horrifying. :( MOO
     
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    It is- even in GA we closed all of the institutions for the disabled. There is Voc Rehab and 1 state hospital.
     
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    Enumclaw teens drowned, Rainier School resident still missing in separate incidents | Courier-Herald

     
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