STAFFORD -  The Stafford Township Police Department released a statement on Sunday evening reporting on Sunday's extensive search for Mr. Quach,  a local man with dementia who has been missing since Friday.  He was last seen in the Ocean Acres section of Manahawkin.

The Stafford Township Police Department, the New Jersey State Police Missing Person Unit and several volunteer Search & Rescue teams continued the search for Mr. Bu Quach. That search was between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m on Sunday.

The police reported on Sunday evening that Mr. Quach was last seen on Friday evening in the area of Lighthouse Drive and Treasure Avenue.

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The Stafford Police and the Search & Rescue teams searched in high probability areas. Those area sare where Mr. Quach would most likely still be in based on his dementia mental condition.

The search teams went door-to-door to nearly every residencein the eastern portion of Ocean Acres.  They also searched surrounding wooded areas, sheds, gazebos, crawl spaces, under decks, and anywhere Mr. Quach may have been sheltered and hiding.

Drones were utilized by the Long Beach Township and Stafford Township departments in wooded areas.

The search has been going on since Friday night. The Stafford Police wrote the following comments on their Facebook page on Sunday evening.

Unfortunately, Mr. Quach has still not been located. At this time, the search is being continued on a limited continuance basis. This means the search is not over, but will be continued when additional information is gained, another sighting of Mr. Quach is made, and when the volunteer Search & Rescue teams and their K9 partners can return to the area.

The Stafford Township Police Department wants to thank all of the residents of Stafford Township, especially in Ocean Acres for their assistance, vigilance, and support of the search and rescue efforts. Also, we would like to thank the New Jersey State Police, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, and the Long Beach Township Police Department for their assistance. Finally, a special thank you to the following volunteer Search and Rescue teams and their K9 partners:

· Central Jersey K9

· Ramapo Search & Rescue (Ramapo, NY)

· New Jersey Search & Rescue (Bergen County, NJ)

· New Jersey Search & Rescue (Hunterdon County, NJ)

· Mid-Atlantic Regional Search & Rescue (Cape May, NJ)

· Search & Rescue Warren County

· Community Search & Rescue (Ramapo, NY)

· Search & Rescue K9 (West Jersey)

We are asking all residents to remain on the lookout for Mr. Quach, and to contact the Stafford Township Police Department at (609) 597-8581 or call 911 if they see him.

For additional, and follow up information, please keep checking the Stafford Township Police Department’s Facebook page.


This all began at about 12 p.m. on Friday, when the Manahawkin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center staff, located at 1211 Route 72 in Manahawkin, notice Mr. Quach was missing.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday November 2, Stafford Police announced that they were actively searching for a missing male with dementia

At approximately 4:40 p.m. on Friday he was spotted walking in the area of Treasure Avenue towards Lighthouse Drive, police said. "He is not wearing shoes and may have a blanket or garment of some type on his head. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt and gray sweatpants."

His name is Bu Quach,  He is an Asian male, 65 years old. 

  •  5’3
  • Approximately 120 lbs.
  • Shaved/short hair
  • Goatee
  • Last seen wearing a red sweater, dark green pants, and yellow wristband.

The Stafford Township Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department had their K9 / Bloodhound Unit on the scene Friday searching for Mr. Quach..

On Saturday morning, Stafford Police wrote, "We are still searching for Mr Quach. We ask residents in the area of Treasure Avenue to check their sheds, yards and decks to see if Mr. Quach may have entered their property. He was last observed on Treasure Avenue between Nautilus and Lighthouse."