Update, 7:03 p.m.: Joe Madden has been found and is safe, according to a post on a tumblr account maintained by his family. Titled “Joe Is Safe,” the post reads: “Joe has been found. He is in contact with his family. Thank you for all your help in this search.” An officer in the public affairs office at Metropolitan Police Department was unable to confirm this. We’ll update with more information as it becomes available.
Original post: The family of Joe Madden, a 23-year-old Brookland resident and bartender who went missing Monday morning, has expanded its search to Catholic University’s campus. The family received a tip that Madden was seen on Catholic’s campus on Wednesday afternoon.
Madden’s mother, Gwynne Kostin, sent a flurry of tweets Thursday afternoon saying campus security asked her to leave campus after trying to post flyers and question students. The school has since granted the family permission to search on campus. The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating all potential sightings, including the one at Catholic, though the tip hasn’t been corroborated. The university issued a statement late Thursday afternoon stating it is reviewing footage from its video-camera system for signs of Madden and is ready to assist Kostin in the search. A spokesman clarifies that Catholic has a policy against unauthorized distribution of material on campus; its own security officers are now distributing missing-person flyers from MPD.
Madden previously worked at the Pug and is currently a bartender at Solly’s and Brookland’s Finest, where he was supposed to be working Monday morning when he disappeared. According to Brookland’s Finest co-owner Tony Tomelden, who was also a childhood neighbor of Madden’s, Madden didn’t show up for his 10 a.m. shift, so he contacted Kostin to wake him up. Kostin says she found he had overslept and that he rushed out of the house to get to work, which is just a few blocks away. Madden never arrived at the bar. Police put his last confirmed location at the 1000 block of Kearney Street NE on Monday.
Tomelden says he saw Madden on Sunday evening at Brookland’s Finest, where he left his cell phone. Kostin says she has spoken with friends who say nothing was amiss that evening. She also says his bank accounts are untouched. Madden does not own a car.
Staff at Brookland’s Finest and friends have been posting flyers in Brookland and plan to do so on H Street NE tonight.
Madden is 6’1″ and 170 pounds with brown hair, hazel eyes, a beard, and a fair complexion. He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, acid-washed blue jeans, and black work boots.
Anyone with information is asked to call (202) 727-9099. Anonymous texts can also be sent to 50411. The family is posting updates on the case here.