Community Crime Alerts and Emergency Notifications

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Community Crime Alerts and Emergency Notifications are reports of major criminal incidents or harmful environmental incidents on the campus that could potentially affect the larger Stanford community. While such crimes are not indicative of life on campus, it is important to be aware of them when they do occur and to take the appropriate precautions.

The following crime alerts and emergency notifications were put out by the Stanford University Department of Public Safety during the academic year of 2015-2016. Crime Alerts are listed according to the most recent incident.


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Community Alert - Burgalries

There have been 4 burglaries reported to Stanford Public Safety between September 8th and September 12th. The property taken has included laptops and other electronic devices. Three of the four burglaries occurred in non-residential buildings (academic or institutional) and one occurred in a student residence. The method of entries were through unlocked doors/windows as well as forced entry (door pry & broken window).

The Stanford police encourage individuals who observe any suspicious activity or behavior such as an individual loitering around vehicles, peering into vehicles, and/or trying door handles, or wandering in an office area without legitimate business, to call 9-1-1 immediately.

As a reminder, the University has established a requirement to verifiably encrypt all windows and Mac computers, as well as Apple and Android mobile devices that are used by employees on the campus network. The University Information about ways to best protect your mobile devices can be found at http://http://www.stanford.edu/group/security/securecomputing/

If you do become the victim of a crime, please report it immediately to the local law enforcement jurisdiction. If the property which has been stolen contains sensitive or confidential data, report the theft immediately to the university's Privacy Office at (650) 725-1828 or privacy@stanford.edu.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information about crime prevention, please call the Department of Public Safety at (650)723-9633.

This message is being sent to you in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Posted 09/13/16

Road Closed--Gas Line Break 8/3/16

Road closed due to a gas leak at Welch/Pasteur, 4:10pm. Stay away from the area. Updates when available at emergency.stanford.edu.

Posted 08/03/2016

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Update to Road Closure 12:33pm

Stockfarm Rd between Campus Dr. W & Oak Rd is now open.

Posted 07/07/2016

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Road Closure 7/7/16 10:14am

Road closure at Stockfarm Road between Campus Drive West and Oak Road. Plan alternate route. Updates when available at emergency.stanford.edu.

Posted 07/07/2016

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Update to Police Activity 6/14/16 2:00pm

Update--Police activity at Town & Country has ceased. The area is now clear and reopened. End.

Posted 06/14/2016

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Police Activity Palo Alto 6/14/16 1:30pm

STANFORD PD:06/14/16 1:30pm. Police activity at Town and Country Shopping Center, Palo Alto. Avoid the area until further notice. End.

Posted 06/14/2016

Update to Prowling Incidents, 6/8/16

The Stanford Department of Public Safety has released the following sketch of the suspect in the recent prowling incidents.

The victims described the suspect as a Hispanic male adult, approximately 5'9", bulky/stocky build, with short brown hair, brown eyes, gray shirt, between the ages of 18-30 years old.

Anyone with information about these crimes, should call the Stanford Department of Public Safety at (650) 329-2413.

Posted 06/08/16

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Prowling Incidents, 6/3/16

The Stanford Department of Public Safety was notified at 9:23am this morning (June 3, 2016) of two separate incidents involving a male unlawfully entering the unlocked rooms of two different female victims and lifting the bed covers off of them while they were sleeping. Both incidents occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, June 3, 2016 at a student residence located on the 1000 block of Campus Drive East.

The first incident occurred at approximately 3:00am. A female awakened to find a male standing next to her bed lifting the covers off of her. The victim screamed and the male suspect ran out of her room. After approximately 30 minutes of searching the house, she saw the suspect in another location of the building. From a distance, she asked him who he was at which point he ran out of the building.

The second incident occurred between 6:00-6:45am. The second victim reported similar circumstances: she was awakened by a male standing next to her bed lifting the covers off of her. In this situation the victim chased the suspect out of the building and into the parking lot. He was last seen running towards Campus Dr.

The victims described the suspect as a Hispanic male adult, approximately 5'9", bulky/stocky build, with short brown hair, brown eyes, gray shirt, between the ages of 18-30 years old.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety Deputies is investigating these incidents. If you have information about these crimes, please call the Stanford University of Public Safety at (650) 329-2413.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety encourages individuals to be alert and take measures to protect yourself, your property and those around you. Keep doors and windows locked. Call 911 immediately to report suspicious and criminal activity.

Posted 06/03/16

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Road Closure Update, 5/3/16, 7:40pm

Constanzo Street between Campus Dr East and Santa Ynez Street is now open. Department of Public Safety thanks you for your patience.

Posted 05/03/16

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Road Closure Update, 5/3/16, 12:24am

The downed power line reported 5/2/16 was repaired by PG&E. A portion of Constanzo Street, between Campus Dr East and Santa Ynez Street, remains closed due to other utility wires blocking the road. A crew is expected to be on scene after 8am, Tuesday morning, 5/3/16. Updates will be posted when available at emergency.stanford.edu.

Posted 05/03/16

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Road Closure Update, 5/2/16, 1:59PM

In addition to the road closure previously reported at Constanzo between Campus Dr. East and Santa Ynez, residents on or near Mayfield Ave. may experience power outages while PG&E is making repairs. Repair time is currently estimated between 5 and 8 hours. Visit emergency.stanford.edu for more info.

Posted 05/03/16

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Road Closure 5/2/16 1:00PM

ROAD CLOSURE: Constanzo between Campus Dr East & Santa Ynez, has been closed to pedestrian and vehicle travel due to downed power lines. PG&E is en route to the area; estimated time of repair is not known at this time. Plan alternate route and avoid the area. Updates will be posted when available at emergency.stanford.edu. A follow-up E-mail will be sent when the road is open.

Posted 05/03/16

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Attempted Burglary

On 4/9/16 a residential attempted burglary occurred in the 700 block of Mayfield Dr. around 7:45PM. The unknown suspect attempted to gain entry by prying the door frame and was unsuccessful. The suspect then attempted to gain entry by throwing a rock through the window. At this point an occupant of the home went towards the sound and noticed the broken window. Shortly thereafter a vehicle was heard leaving the area. No one was seen and there is no vehicle description at this time.

The Stanford police encourage individuals to keep their doors and windows locked. Additionally, we ask the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police as soon as possible.

Anyone with additional information should contact the Stanford Police at 650-329-2413.

Additional information, will be posted on emergency.stanford.edu or police.stanford.edu as it becomes available.

This message is being sent to you in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Posted 04/09/2016

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Tax Fraud and Identity Theft Notice

In light of several reported incidents of tax returns that were fraudulently filed in the names of Stanford community members, the Department of Public Safety and the Information Security Office would like to make you aware of an IRS campaign aimed at preventing this crime, which is on the rise throughout the country. The campaign known as Taxes, Security, Together is a “a joint effort between the IRS, states, and the private-sector tax industry. The collaboration is designed to raise taxpayer awareness about taking simple steps on the Internet and their personal devices to protect the safety of their financial and tax data. The education campaign complements the expanded series of important new protections the IRS, states, and tax industry put in place for the 2016 filing season to address tax-related identity theft.” The following link to the campaign also provides important information on the various tax frauds and scams, preventive measures, and several resources to help protect your identity and credit: https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Taxes-Security-Together

Additionally, the Information Security Office provides specific guidance to the Stanford community on how to avoid, detect, and handle identity theft at: https://security.stanford.edu/identity-theft

If you are a victim of a tax fraud, scam, or identity theft, please report it to the Department of Public Safety at (650) 329-2413 (24/7).

Once a police report is filed, you can contact the Identity Theft Council, which provides victims with FREE support and credit recovery assistance, by dialing (888) 771-0767. For information on the services offered by the Council that can help reduce the incidence of identity theft, please visit their website at: https://https://www.identitytheftcouncil.org

If you have any questions concerning this Advisory, please contact:

Bill Larson
Public Information Officer
Department of Public Safety
william.larson@stanford.edu

Posted 04/04/2016

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Community Alert- Recent Thefts

There have been numerous burglaries and thefts reported to the Stanford Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) over recent weeks. In most cases, laptop computers have been stolen. The incidents have occurred in offices, research facilities and student residences throughout campus. The suspect (or suspects) may be posing as university employees in order to avoid detection.

To help prevent theft, SUDPS recommends individuals take the following measures:

Be attentive to your surroundings. If there are persons unfamiliar to you in places where individuals without a legitimate business purpose should not be located, have a plan for monitoring the individual's movements. Be prepared to call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity.

Lock doors and windows, even if you will only be away for a few minutes.

Store valuable in a locked cabinet or drawer.

Consider purchasing a locked device for portable items such as laptop computers.

Make sure university electronic equipment such as laptops and mobile phones is properly encrypted.

If you see someone or something suspicious, report it immediately be calling 9-1-1.

Posted 03/25/16

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Road Closure UPDATE 3/24/16

Junipero Serra Blvd., between Campus Drive West and Alpine Road is now open.

Posted 03/24/16

Road Closure 3/24/16, 3:45pm

Junipero Serra Blvd., between Campus Drive West and Alpine Road has been closed due to a traffic collision. Use alternate routes. Updates will be posted when available at emergency.stanford.edu and on this website.

Posted 03/24/16

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Road Reopened; Power Restored

Campus Drive between Mayfield Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard has reopened after it was closed this morning as Stanford Public Safety and PG&E responded to a fallen tree that had damaged a power line. As a result of the damage, power was out for part of the day in some student and faculty residences in the area. Crews worked through the afternoon and evening to remove the tree and repair the damage. Power has now been fully restored.

Posted 03/09/16

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Road closure Update 3/8/16, 4:50pm

Campus Drive between Mayfield Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard remains closed until about 8 p.m. due to a fallen tree that damaged power lines this morning. PG&E continues to work to remove the tree and restore power to affected buildings. Stanford Public Safety is monitoring the situation. Updates will be posted at emergency.stanford.edu.

Posted 03/08/16

Road closure Update 3/8/16

Campus Drive between Junipero Serra and Mayfield Ave continues to be closed. Some student and faculty residences along Campus Drive between Mirada Avenue and Lane C and from Campus Drive to Frenchman’s Road are without power and networking service after a fallen tree damaged a power line. PG&E is on the scene and is currently working to restore power, and Stanford IT Services is monitoring the situation. There is no estimate for when services will be restored. Pedestrians and bicyclists are asked to continue avoiding Campus Drive between Mayfield Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard. Updates posted at emergency.stanford.edu

Posted 03/08/16

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Road Closure 3/8/16 10:32am

Campus Dr between Junipero Serra and Mayfield Ave are closed to due to falling tree and potential impact to electrical wires. Additionally, Police are asking pedestrians to avoid the foot path between Campus Dr. and Constanzo St. Updates when available at emergency.stanford.edu

Posted 03/08/16

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Community Alert - Sexual Assault/Rape

The Stanford University Department of Public Safety was notified today about a rape perpetrated by a person whom the victim did not know. The incident occurred on or about February 1, 2016, at approximately 6:30pm, near the area of Arboretum and Quarry Roads. The suspect is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, wearing all black clothing. No additional information about the suspect or the specifics of the crime is available at this time.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Stanford University Department of Public Safety at 650.329.2413.

Updates, when available, will be posted at emergency.stanford.edu/category/alertsu

Stanford University does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. The university encourages anyone who has been sexually assaulted or subject to other forms of sexual misconduct or harassment to report the incident to university officials.

The information about this incident is being reported to you in accordance with the Clery Act.


CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING:
Stanford Confidential Support Team
https://vaden.stanford.edu/get-help-now/sexual-assault
650-726-6933 or 650-725-9955 (after hours)

YWCA Stanford Rape Crisis Hotline
650-493-7273

CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
650-723-3785
https://vaden.stanford.edu/caps-and-wellness/counseling-and-psychological-services-caps

Faculty Staff Help Center
650-723-4577
https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/faculty-staff-help-center

NON-CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES AND REPORTING:
Title IX Office
https://titleix.stanford.edu
650-497-4955

Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Office
https://sara.stanford.edu

Police
911 (emergency)
650-329-2413 (non-emergency)
650-723-9633 (8am-5pm)
https://police.stanford.edu

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
Sexual Harassment Policy Office
https://harass.stanford.edu

Stanford Sexual Assault Support Resources (Not Alone website)
https://notalone.stanford.edu

https://stanford.app.box.com/sexual-assault-resources (handout)

Stanford Actions on Sexual Assault
https://notalone.stanford.edu/stanford-actions-sexual-assault

Posted 02/12/16

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Sexual Battery 1-16-2016

January 1-16-2016: Reported Sexual Battery at a Main Quad restroom, 8 pm. The suspect was described as a white male adult about 6 feet tall with a full beard. He was wearing a red Stanford hoodie sweatshirt with black Stanford sweatpants and white shoes. He appeared to be in his early 20's. Be alert & protect yourself. Updates when available at emergency.stanford.edu

Stanford University does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. The university encourages anyone who has been sexually assaulted or subject to other forms of sexual misconduct or harassment to report the incident to university officials.

The information about this incident is being reported to you in accordance with the Clery Act. The remainder of this email provides information about preventing and reporting sexual assault.

  • Ignorance of the law or of university policy concerning sexual assault, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment is not a defense.
  • Receive affirmative consent from your partner before engaging in sexual activity.
  • Perpetrators may attempt to use alcohol to facilitate a sexual assault. Statistically, the majority of reported sexual assaults occur while one or both parties are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol or drugs may impair one's ability to judge whether or not consent has been given, but it is never an excuse for choosing to violate another person.
  • There are a number of drugs that may be added to beverages with the intent of altering the consciousness or incapacitating a person without their knowledge. These drugs are particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol and often produce amnesia, leaving a victim unclear about what occurred afterward. These drugs can facilitate criminal activity, most often acts of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, or if you aren't sure whether you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are a number of resources available to you at Stanford to inform you of your options and to support you in whatever path you choose to take in addressing the incident. For more information contact:

Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Office
https://sara.stanford.edu

Sexual Harassment Policy Office
https://harass.stanford.edu

Title IX Office
https://titleix.stanford.edu

Wellness Resources at Stanford
https://wellness.stanford.edu

or the Stanford Department of Public Safety via this website or by calling (650)723-9633 during regular business hours.

Posted 01-17-16

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Thefts From Vehicles

This Community Alert is to notify the Stanford community that there has been a recent spike in thefts from vehicles. The thefts have occurred at various locations and times on campus. Several of these thefts have occurred from vehicles parked at Nixon Elementary School after school hours and on weekends. The method of entry into the vehicles has been through unlocked doors or by smashing a window. To help avoid becoming a victim, the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) is encouraging individuals to follow a few simple practices:

- Do not leave valuables exposed inside a vehicle, including shopping bags with the store name or logo printed on the side. You should take them with you or secure them in the trunk.

- LOCK the doors and roll up the windows whenever you will be away from your vehicle.

- If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm system, activate it each time you leave the vehicle unattended.

- Park in lighted and visible parking lots and streets, when possible.

- Avoid parking next to or between larger vehicles than yours that can provide concealment for a thief (vans, SUVs, trucks).

- Most importantly, dial 9-1-1 immediately if you observe any suspicious activity or behavior (e.g. an individual loitering around vehicles, peering into vehicles, and/or trying door handles), or if you are a victim of a theft.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information on crime prevention, please call SUDPS at (650) 723-9633 (M-F, 8am to 5pm) or email us at police@stanford.edu.

Posted 1/14/16

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Online Blackmail Scam

The Department of Public Safety has been made aware of fraudulent online activity impacting individuals at Stanford. As a result, campus police are warning users of internet-based video chat programs (such as Skype) about an online blackmail scam.

To carry out the scam, the offender contacted the individual victims on a social networking site using an assumed identity. After establishing a relationship, the offender convinced the victims to engage in intimate acts which the victims believed were taking place in a private video chat session. Unbeknownst to the individual victims, the victim's actions were recorded by the suspect. Later, the offender blackmailed the individual victims with the threat of releasing the recorded footage to their social media contacts unless payment was made (usually via a wire transfer). The suspect(s) did send the recorded material of at least one of the victims to others without the victim's consent.

To avoid becoming a victim, we recommend the following:

- Refrain from video chatting (e.g. webcam) with, or sending photos or videos to, anyone whom you do not know and trust.

- Assume any private video footage or images you transmit over the internet could become public without your knowledge or consent.

- Set social media preferences to private, including your contact list.

- Make sure that your software and systems are up-to-date and that you are using up-to-date security software. Be aware that anything you do on the internet, including video and voice calls, can be recorded.

- Be cautious about people whom you meet online. They may not be whom they claim to be.

Revealing personal details online is extremely risky. If you are a victim of any scam or fraud, please report it immediately to the Stanford University Department of Public Safety at (650) 329-2413 (24/7) or your local law enforcement agency.

Posted 1/10/16

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Attempted Theft From Vehicle

On Tuesday, December 8th, at approximately 7:50pm, an attempted theft from inside a vehicle occurred in the parking lot of the Pearce Mitchell Houses at Campus Dr. and Mayfield Ave. The unknown subject entered the unlocked vehicle, but no property was taken. The owner discovered the subject inside his vehicle, who then fled east down Mayfield Ave. into residential housing. The subject was a white male approximately 5’7″ in his 20s or 30s and was wearing a green shirt with black shorts over black tights.

The Stanford police encourage individuals to keep their doors and windows locked. Additionally, we ask the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police as soon as possible.

Anyone with additional information should contact the Stanford Police at 650-329-2413.

Posted 12/08/2015

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Burglary 11/16/15

On Monday evening 11/16/15, 9:56PM, the Stanford Police received a report that a burglary had occurred at the Schiff House Dormitory on Santa Theresa Lane. Witnesses reported the suspect entered the dorm room. When confronted by the resident, the suspect exited the dorm room and the building.

Witnesses described the suspect as a white male adult, 50-60 years of age, bald, wearing glasses, wearing a black polo style shirt with a Stanford "S" logo, also carrying a dark colored backpack with a Stanford logo.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety encourages individuals to be alert and take measures to protect yourself. Keep doors and windows locked and to call 911 to report suspicious activity.

Additionally, we ask the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police as soon as possible. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Stanford Police at 650-329-2413.

Additional information will be posted on this website if it becomes available.

Posted 11/16/15

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Indecent Exposure

On Monday, November 2nd, at approximately 5:00am, a male (who was not recognized as a resident of the dorm) deliberately exposed himself to another male at the Castano dorm located at 685 Escondido Road.

The victim described the suspect as a dark skinned Hispanic or Southeast Asian male; late 20′s to 30 years old; 5’5″ with a heavy build. The suspect was last seen wearing a black “flip billed” cap, a black tank top, unknown color shorts, and black and white checkered ?Vans? tennis shoes that were old and worn. The suspect may have a slight mustache and/or goatee.

For the safety and security of our community, the Department of Public Safety encourages community members to report crimes and suspicious activity or behavior immediately by calling 9-1-1 (9-9-1-1 from a campus phone).

Posted 10/02/2015

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Police Activity Update 10/17/15

As previously reported via text and email, there is police activity on Junipero Serra Blvd impacting the surrounding areas. A major injury collision has occurred on JSerra between Campus Drive East and Stanford Ave. Junipero Serra will be closed until further notice. Please take alternate routes and avoid the area.

Further updates will be posted when available on this website.

Posted 10/17/2015

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Fire Update/Power Outage 10/12/2015

Campus officials are working to restore power to approximately 35 buildings impacted by a power outage. Lands, Buildings and Real Estate (LBRE) Operations Center is communicating directly with building managers about the power outage. The electrical fire at Maples is thought to be related to the power outage. No one was injured in the fire at Maples, which occurred in the southeast corner of the building. Fire crews have departed Maples. Updates will be posted at emergency.stanford.edu

Posted 10/12/15

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Fire 10/12/2015

Fire at Maples Pavilion - Road closures at Campus Drive between Bonair Siding and Sam McDonald Mall. Pedestrians avoid all areas surrounding Maples Pavilion until further notice.

Posted 10/12/2015

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Sexual Battery

On 9/18/15 at 10:01 PM, a sexual battery occurred at Tresidder Memorial Union. The suspect was apprehended by Stanford deputies at 10:22 PM without further incident.

Stanford Police encourages everyone to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious and criminal activity to the police by calling 911 as soon as possible.

Posted 9/18/15

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Update: Missing Person 9/14/15

The at-risk missing adult male named Richard was located in good health and reunited with his family. No further assistance is needed.

Posted 9/15/15

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Missing Person 9/14/15

The Department of Public Safety has been notified of an at-risk missing adult male. He was last seen at his on-campus residence this morning.

The missing male, named Richard, is 85 years of age and described as a white male, 5' 8" tall and approximately 145 pounds. He has gray eyes and is mostly bald with some gray hair. He was last seen wearing a green t-shirt printed with the words "Marco Island" and khaki shorts.

Richard may be traveling in a blue Ford C-MAX with Minnesota license plates.

If seen, please contact the Stanford University Department of Public Safety at 650-329-2413.

Updates, when available, will be posted to this website.

Posted 9/14/2015

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