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Missing/Endangered Person Advisory issued for Polson man

Authorities believe that he is suicidal and has mental health issues
Posted at 3:51 PM, Nov 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-06 09:39:13-05

The Montana Department of Justice has issued a Missing/Endangered Person Advisory for John Andrew Winkler.

The MEPA was issued at the request of the Polson Police Department.

Winkler is a 43 year old man, 6 foot 1, 276 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a white, red, and black tee shirt with red pajama bottoms.

Authorities believe that he is suicidal and has mental health issues, could show violent tendencies, and may hallucinate due to not taking medicine.

He left his home at about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 3rd, in a dark green 1998 Dodge Caravan with Montana plate 157964E.

Police do not know where he may be headed.

If you have any information about Winkler, you're asked to call the Polson Police Department at 406 883-7301 option 1, or call 911.


(UPDATE, WEDNESDAY, 7:31 a.m.) Winkler has been found and is safe; the MEPA has been canceled.

A MEPA Advisory is initiated solely by Montana law enforcement agencies using the following criteria:

  1. Do the circumstances fail to meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert?
  2. Is the person missing under unexplained, involuntary or suspicious circumstances?
  3. Is the person believed to be in danger because of age, health, mental or physical disability, or environmental or weather conditions; to be in the company of a potentially dangerous person; or is there some other factor that may put the person in peril?
  4. Is there information that could assist the public in the safe recovery of the missing person? The initial advisory will include any available information, like name, age, physical description, date of birth and where the person was last seen. It might also include information about whether the person has a health condition or physical or mental disability.

Click here to read more at the MT DOJ website .