LASD releases missing person alert for Catalina Express passenger over a month after he went missing

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department pushed an at-risk missing person alert for 24-year-old Moreno Valley resident Keion Dade on Monday, over a month since he went missing after going overboard a Catalina Express ferry in Long Beach and a week after his family held a memorial for him.

A spokesperson with the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said at-risk missing person reports are usually sent out once detectives have exhausted all of their resources in their search and call on the public’s help.

Detective T. Abraham, the detective listed on the missing person flyer who reviewed the Dade’s case, said the flyer being redistributed a month later wasn’t because of new information, but because the date Dade went missing was incorrect on the original alert and they wanted the information to be accurate.

Dade’s family did not wish to comment on the Sheriff’s decision to announce a missing person report for Keion.

The family hosted a memorial service at the Marina Del Rey harbor for Dade on July 25, a week before the alert went out, images on social media show. A bishop and a pastor officiated over the ceremony where family held roses and a video displayed images of a smiling Dade.

On June 10, a Catalina Express crew member reported seeing Dade jumping from the boat while it was headed to Catalina, according to a Long Beach fire spokesperson. Helicopters, boats and other rescue vessels searched nearly 600 square miles of ocean for Dade for approximately 24 hours before the Coast Guard called off the search. Dade’s family continued the search despite their pleas for officials to extend the rescue mission.

“It deserves more,” Dade’s sister Kiami said a few days after her brother went missing. “After 24 hours they told us there was nothing we can do. It’s very devastating.”

Friends and family posted fliers near the Catalina Express seaport and called on people with diving experience or a boat to help in the search.

Editor’s note: This article was updated with information from the LASD as to why the missing person alert was sent out Aug. 2.

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Sebastian Echeverry is the North Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of his grant-funded position with the Long Beach Post. If you want to support Sebastian's work, you can donate to his Report for America position at lbpost.com/support.
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