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JENSEN STILL MISSING: Search teams to start in Cedar Falls Friday, July 10


UPDATE: 4:20 p.m. 7/9/2020

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) -- With dozens of people working to comb the area between Janesville and Cedar Falls Thursday, search efforts will continue Friday with a focus on Cedar Falls.

According to a Facebook post by an administrator on the search page, people wanting to help look for Mike Jensen should meet at the Island Park Boathouse at 218 Center Street in Cedar Falls at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 10. They will be covering areas with a rougher terrain and more densely covered in vegetation, so more volunteers are requested.

People searching Wednesday and Thursday are made up of family, friends and just people who want to help out.

"Once you get the small towns involved, they come together in times of crisis. Last night there was a huge group of people here even after the search had stopped, so people were out in droves last night," said Carissa Froyum who aided in the search Wednesday night and Thursday.

"We're retired now so what a better way to use our time than help another family in need," said John and Kelly Bachman of Cedar Falls.

This photo is of the window Mike climbed out of Monday night at Ravenwood Specialty Care. It was shared with KWWL by his wife Jennifer.

The window Michael Jensen climbed through Monday, July 6. Courtesy: Jennifer Jensen

UPDATE: 1:00 p.m. 7/9/2020

JANESVILLE, Iowa (KWWL) -- Search efforts began in Janesville Thursday morning.

About 50 people met at the Riviera-Roose Event Center to join in the search which is currently led by the Waterloo Police Department, Black Hawk County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies.

Organized search teams started around 10 a.m. and went south from Janesville towards Cedar Falls. Jensen is thought to be in that area as he might be trying to walk to his home in Waverly.

Rain Thursday afternoon delayed the search efforts as some people were forced to take cover during severe weather.

UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. 7/8/2020

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – The search for a missing Waverly man who hasn't been seen since Monday night is in full force. Michael Jensen, 46, left Ravenwood Specialty Care on his own and has dementia, adding to the concerns.

Much of the search efforts Wednesday were focused on the area surrounding Ravenwood Specialty Care on St. Francis Drive. Search teams met in the afternoon at Columbus Catholic High School in Waterloo to begin their efforts. Some of the groups moved on to the Cedar Falls and Janesville area as tips on potential sightings continued to come in.

The early search efforts Monday and Tuesday nights have been led by his family and close friends. Waterloo Police brought in dogs from as far as Boone, Iowa to search for Mike Jensen.

"He smelled him all way from Ravenwood to Menards. I believe he also went down to Cedar Falls to see if there was any scene to be picked up there,” said Aria Jensen, Mike's daughter.

The Iowa Task Force-1 from Cedar Rapids were brought in Wednesday to help streamline search efforts. ITF-1 specializes in finding people in urban areas.

"We have the assistance of Iowa Task Force-1 which specializes in locating missing individuals. We're doing what is essentially a grid search of the area he was last known to have been, which is Ravenwood Healthcare,” said Maj. Joe Leibold of the Waterloo Police Department.

Ravenwood Specialty Care sits between a residential area and the busiest commercial district in Waterloo. Jensen has ties to Cedar Falls and his family believes he might be headed there.

His wife, Jennifer, said due to his dementia his short-term memory is lost, but his long-term memory is still very strong. She said this could mean he's trying to get to their family's home in Waverly or Independence where he was born and raised.

"He would likely be going back to places he remembered like our home,” said Jennifer Jensen, "I know that he's going to be scared. I know that he was probably on a mission to get out of quarentine. He's probably very scared and hiding. He probably thinks he's in trouble.”

His daughter said where he is remains a mystery, but if you find him please be kind and take care of him before calling police.

"He could be hiding in your garage or your barn or something. Be patient, be kind and keep him in sight and then call the police,” Aria Jensen said.

If you have any tips or see Michael Jensen, call 911 or your local police department.


WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - Friends and family of a missing man have started a search effort page on Facebook that tracks where people are searching for him.

46-year-old Michael Jensen was reported to have walked away from Ravenwood Health Care (2651 St. Francis Drive) in Waterloo about 11:20 p.m. on Monday, July 6.

Jensen is 5'10 and around 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing grey sweatpants, a plaid shirt, black helmet and black framed glasses. He might have been barefoot when he went missing.

Loved ones have start this Facebook page: Bring Mike Jensen Home - Search Efforts

Members of the community can volunteer to search areas and also track which areas have been searched already. The page is being updated with any information pertinent in the search for Mike Jensen.

Anyone with information should contact Waterloo Police.

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