Month: February 2018

Missing Elderly – PR 18-04

Update 3/6/2018 2:00 pm -The North Richland Hills Police Department continues to work towards bringing Mr. Booth home to his family. At this time, the Silver Alert remains inactive due to the lack of leads coming in. The department is diligently working with Dallas Fire Rescue (DFR) to investigate the reports of a white sedan that went into the Trinity River in Dallas on February 21, 2018.

DFR is coordinating the search and any vehicle recovery operations through Texas Parks and Wildlife. Efforts will continue to increase as the Trinity River conditions continue to improve and become safer for search and recovery operations.

North Richland Hills PD has received several inquiries regarding a reported white truck in the Trinity River in Dallas on Friday March 2, 2018. Further investigation and ID by the Dallas County Medical Examiner revealed this is an unrelated incident to our missing person’s case for Mr. James Booth.

Anyone with information regarding Mr. Booth’s disappearance is encouraged to call the North Richland Hills Police Department Investigations Division, 817-427-7030.

Update 3/1/18 10:00 pm – DPS Austin has discontinued the #SilverAlert for James Booth due to lack of leads coming in. In the event any new or additional leads come in, the Silver Alert will be reactivated. We will continue to investigate the case vigorously in an effort to bring Mr. Booth home to his family, including following up on the lead from Dallas regarding the white car in the Trinity River.

*Update 2/26/18 11:00 pm* – We are actively working any and all leads that come in. We have received multiple leads from areas in the DFW metroplex to include reports that a white car was seen in the Trinity River in Dallas. Our Detectives continue to work with Dallas Fire Rescue to look in to this lead. We appreciate your continued thoughts, prayers and shared efforts to help bring Mr. Booth home to his family.

*UPDATE 2/22 7:00 pm* We have received approval from DPS to activate the Silver Alert – Active Silver Alert issued for Mr. Booth

Missing 84 year old male, last seen in the area of Mid Cities Blvd/Ice House Dr. in a white Toyota Corolla Texas license plate – JHC2212.

James Booth, an 84 year old white male, was last seen in the area of Mid Cities Blvd. and Ice House Dr. on February 21, 2018 at 9:00 am. He was last seen wearing a dark green sweater over a beige sweater and is described as 5’8”, 165 pounds, white hair, blue eyes.

He left his house at 9:00 am for an appointment that he never showed for. He was driving a white 2017 Toyota Corolla TX license plate JHC2212. He does not have a cell phone with him. His family believes he may be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. We are working with family members to gather the necessary information to issue a Silver Alert, however, we have not received all documentation required by the Texas Department of Public Safety to issue one at this time. In the event you see him or know of his whereabouts, contact 9-1-1 or the North Richland Hills Police Department at 817-281-1000.

(Vehicle pictured below is stock photo)

Carissa Katekaru                                                                                                      PR 18-04

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076


Murder Suicide – PR 18-03

North Richland Hills Police called to scene to investigate a death – find mother and son deceased from apparent murder/suicide.

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at approximately 4:30 pm, North Richland Hills Police received a call from a caretaker to a home in the 4800 block of Wedgeview Dr. regarding a death investigation. Upon arrival, officers found a 95 year old female and 61 year old male deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. The initial investigation reveals this was an apparent murder/suicide.

While the department is still attempting to notify family members of the deceased, they have been identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner as:

  • Female, Beatrice Thomason 95 years of age
  • Male, James Thomason 61 years of age

The police department has no prior calls at this address. The relationship between the two deceased is mother and son.


PR 18-03

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076


Major Crash – Iron Horse/Meadowlakes Dr

Major crash leaves three transported to area hospitals, one with life threatening injuries and one driver arrested for suspicion of DWI.

On Saturday February 10, 2018 just before 7:00 pm officers were dispatched to Iron Horse and Meadowlakes Dr regarding a major crash. Officers arrived and found two vehicles involved in the collision. North Richland Hills Fire-Rescue transported three patients by ground ambulance to area hospitals, one with life-threatening injuries.

During the investigation, one adult male driver was arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence and booked into the North Richland Hills Joint Detention Center. The Iron Horse bridge and Iron Horse exit ramp will remain closed for approximately two hours to conduct the accident investigation.

Names of involved parties will not be released at this time.



PR 18-02

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076


Facebook algorithms and you

Friends, fans, followers and those who just stop by occasionally,

We have to discuss something… something big… algorithm. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines algorithm as “a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end especially by a computer.”

Now you’re thinking “what on earth does this have to do with me?” – allow us to explain. Your ability to interact and see what we (and other pages) share is controlled by something larger than us, the Facebook algorithm. Mark Zuckerburg recently announced some big changes coming to the Facebook world, and we want to make sure you’re prepared. He and his team will be adjusting the algorithm of Facebook to show “less public content like posts from businesses, brands and media.” So how does this affect your Facebooking experience? Well, you’ll see more posts from your friends and family members and less from pages you’ve liked… us, the news media pages, your favorite shop and so on.

We’ve known for quite some time that your ability to see our posts is math based. All 15,538 fans can’t possibly LOVE our Battle of the Badges video, our public safety tips, where the motor guys will be hiding or who we need your help identifying on a fraud case. Understandable.

For many followers, Zuckerburg hit the nail on the head; you want to see less from the pages you follow. But this has many government agencies a bit concerned. This could directly impact our ability to communicate with you, even in times of crisis, as our ranking of making it to your Facebook feed will be dramatically decreased.

We have to be honest – we enjoy sharing our story with you, engaging with you, and chatting with you. Should you decide that we’re still your cup of tea, here is a way you can ensure that we show up a little more in that news feed:

When you click on our page choose “See First.” (see the picture) Hover over “Following” near the cover photo, and then select “See First.” If you’re feeling really froggy, turn notifications on. We promise not to blow up your News Feed with random pictures but rather meaningful information. We share videos, a picture of your favorite K9’s working, the good work the officers are doing in your community and urgent information. We try to post about once or twice a day, so we won’t fill your feed up.


If you’re looking for other ways to follow us, head over to: Twitter @NRHPD – we use this during active/breaking news incidents, Instagram: @nrh_publicsafety, our Blog: or on NextDoor! We’ll still be here to interact, engage, help answer any questions and try to provide a laugh or two along the way.


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