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CPD opens second missing person case


The Crawfordsville Police Department is working on a second missing person case involving a Crawfordsville resident.

Police are now looking for Dajuan Sechrest, 36, of Crawfordsville and originally from Indianapolis. Sechrest, an African-American, is described as a 6 feet tall and weighing 150 pounds. An aunt Sechrest who lives in Indianapolis filed a missing person report with the Crawfordsville Police Department on Thursday. Family last had contact with Sechrest in January and have not seen any recent postings on social media accounts.

“One of her red flags was social media,” Det. Bob Rivers said. “There was no social media activity recently.”

Police do not believe this case is related in any way to the missing person case of James Frank Popp, who was reported missing by family June 13.

Missing person reports, let alone two, aren’t a regular thing for Crawfordsville police.

“We don’t have a ton of missing persons reports,” Rivers said. “Usually, I would say, we have more runaways than anything. And a lot of those get cleared up fairly quickly. But as far as missing persons or missing adults like this, it’s really fairly rare that we have them to begin with.” 

Rivers said in these cases, detectives typically begin with a person’s last known locations and regular associates.

Crawfordsville police had contact with Sechrest in February and Rivers said there’s been more recent sightings of him.

“There is a little bit of progress on that one already,” River said. “It’s pretty confirmed that he has at least been seen as recently as this month. Just trying to make headway of where he can be.”

Rivers said there hasn’t been any major developments in locating Popp. He’s not wanted by police for any reason other than the missing person report filed by family two weeks ago. Family members last had contact with Popp on the morning of June 7.

“There is a real concern with the fact that it’s been 21 days now since he’s had any contact with anyone,” Rivers said. “That is deeply concerning about his safety. It would just be rare, I think for anyone, to just drop off and have zero contact with any friends or any family.”

CPD is coordinating their efforts with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department since Indianapolis believed to be Popp’s last know destination.

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of either Sechrest or Popp are asked to contact Rivers at 765-362-3762.


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