80-year-old Alzheimers patient missing in Sedro-Woolley

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 7:41 PM

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. -- Search and rescue teams have suspended their search in Sedro-Woolley for an 80-year-old man who walked away from his elder care facility Monday, but they're still asking the public's help in finding him.

Crews had scoured the south end of town near the Skagit River for Ray Jones, who disappeared around noon from the Birchview Memory Care facility. Jones has Alzheimers and needs to take medication.

Crews of 30-40 people on foot, search dogs, a helicopter, two hovercraft, boats, horseback searchers, and facility and families members scoured the terrain between Highway 9 and about a mile east along the Skagit River, but their search came up empty.

Police believe the public will be the best avenue for finding Jones, and they continue asking the public for assistance.

Police said Jones tried to walk off Sunday as well, but didn't get very far. They believe a greens keeper may have left a gate unlocked Monday. Now for the first time, Birchview has lost one of its patients.

"It feels like somebody's got a saw inside of my heart and it just keeps moving back and forth, because we haven't found him yet," said Bonnie Jones Graham, Jones' daughter.

"I think right now, we're just praying for a miracle," said Roy Duncan, friend.

Friends and family joined in the search Tuesday. They hope somewhere he's watching the television reports about him and comes home.

"I love you, Dad. Come back to us," said his daughter.

Jones is described as a nice man who, on the outside, may not appear to have Alzheimers. He's 6'3", 215 pounds and well dressed in a blue plaid shirt and light blue pants. He may have a small black bag. If you see him, call police immediately.

 

KING 5's John Langeler and Liza Javier contributed to this report.


 

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