Police searching for missing Alzheimer's patient in Downtown Batavia
Submitted by Howard Owens on August 23, 2013 - 1:45pm
Batavia PD is asking for the public's help in locating a man with advanced Alzheimer's who is missing in Downtown Batavia.
He went missing on Jackson Street, but may have wandered over to City Centre.
The subject is described as a black male with white hair about 5' 8" tall wearing blue jeans and a sleaved shirt with a blue stripe.
The man is not from the area. He is wearing a tracking braclet on his ankle, but the equipment needed to work with it is not in Genesee County. It is being transported here at this time.
Multiple law enforcement units from the city and county are searching the area. A helicopter may be dispatched.
If you see this individual contact Batavia PD at 345-6350 or 9-1-1.
UPDATE (By Billie) 2:58 p.m.: He was last seen on the north side of Main Street by the Showtime Movie Theater sign.
UPDATE 3:06 p.m.: A faint signal from his tracking device can be heard by authorities in the area of the mall. They are checking inside.
UPDATE 3:13 p.m.: A City Police officer is going to the State Police hangar to join helicopter personnel to scour the center of the city from the air.
UPDATE 3:26 p.m.: A light-skinned black male matching the description was located by a citizen on Elmwood Avenue. Officers are en route.
UPDATE 3:28 p.m.: Meanwhile, officers are told to check shrubs and hedges. A tracker from Livingston County just arrived at the Police Station to join in the search.
UPDATE 3:36 p.m.: It was confirmed that the guy on Elmwood Avenue is NOT the person they are searching for. The Alzheimer's patient is a dark-skinned black male.
UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: The missing man's ankle tracking device is not GPS-related. Rather it is an A.M. radio signal. Batavia PD obtained the signal for the device and a receiver operated by Lt. David Morales of the VA was deployed.
UPDATE 3:37 p.m.: It is confirmed that the subject has been located at the Department of Social Services on East Main Street.
UPDATE 3:55 p.m.: The subject is being taken to the police station to join his family.