24-hour wait is TV fiction

Medford police said that Jordan Criado reported his wife missing the morning he allegedly killed her and their four children. An officer then found her around an hour later and returned her home. I am under the impression, maybe because I watch too much television, that you have to wait 24 hours to file a missing person's report with the police. Am I wrong?

— Charles M., Medford

Television has steered you wrong here, Charles.

This shouldn't be a surprise, as drama wins out over reality in Hollywood every time.

According to Medford police Chief Tim George, his department tackles reports of missing people as soon as they are received.

"This 24-hour rule is completely made up," George said. "It's TV stuff."

Jordan Criado reported his wife missing at 5:30 the morning of her death. A Medford officer located her at 7:45 a.m. near the corner of 10th Street and Oakdale Avenue, just down the street from her house.

Police said she didn't indicate any concern for her safety and wanted to return to her home.

George said it's important to jump on missing person reports because time is often of the essence in these cases.

"If you wait to begin searching for a missing person, the trail can get cold quickly," George said.

Most people who are reported missing in Medford are found within minutes, George said.

"We take these reports seriously," he said.

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