Good Lord, now who's overreacting? This wasn't a manhunt. It was an alert for a missing person. They sent out emails to the media and to other law enforcement around the region, and they radioed to patrols. Where do you get the idea that this cost thousands of dollars?<quoted text>
No. You missed the point, which was that if the worried family wants to "put out an alert" that likely uses thousands of dollars of taxpayer-funded manpower, equipment and services ...
It's amazing to me the things that some people find to crab about. This family had someone missing. They were worried, and with good reason. The police put out an alert by email and radio. It had a happy ending.
And you're pissed off about it?
Get a life.