NEW CASTLE, Ind. – An Indiana family is on a desperate search for their loved one, an Army veteran with Alzheimer’s.
Larry Tucker, 74, walked away from a New Castle senior living facility on Sunday and has not been seen since. After four days missing, his daughters are now fearing the worst.
They said he doesn’t have his medication or identification on him. Days of searching in Henry and Madison Counties haven’t yielded any results.
“He could be anywhere. Anything could’ve happened to him,” said Helen Weeks, Tucker’s daughter, “There hasn’t been really any good leads yet of where he could be.”
Knocking on doors and walking around Pendleton, Tucker's family spent Thursday night handing out fliers, hoping someone has seen him. A bloodhound tracked his scent and lost it, leading investigators to believe he might’ve been picked up.
“As time has gone by, we don’t feel anyone is helping him at all. We don’t know,” said Lanna Lawson, Tucker’s daughter.
A National Guard chopper searched the county Wednesday, along with a Henry County EMA drone that scoured fields.
“We’re down to where we’ve crossed off everything we can do, and every place we can go, and we don’t know what to do,” said Lawson.
Sadly, elopement as it’s called, comes with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Social worker Todd Wagoner with Community Health Network said it is commonly seen.
“When you leave, you forget where you’re at, you’re unfamiliar with your surroundings,” said Wagoner, “You’re extremely vulnerable. It means anybody can walk up to you.”
The Alzheimer’s Association reports more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
Tucker’s family just wants him located, hopefully, safe and sound.
“Emotions go up and down throughout the day and night,” said Weeks, “We just want to know where he’s at.”
The Henry County EMA and the New Castle Police Department are organizing a large-scale ground search for Monday from 8 a.m. until noon at Grace Baptist Church in New Castle.
If you’d like to volunteer, you’re asked to print off volunteer forms and fill them out beforehand, bringing them with you on Monday. You can find those forms here.