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Hill County man with dementia remains missing

Posted Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2010 By BILL MILLER

A Hill County man with dementia has been missing since Saturday, and his family is urging the public to be watching for him.

Richard Gary Parker, 76, was last seen Saturday driving from his home near the intersection of Farm Roads 933 and 310, southwest of Aquilla Lake.

Parker was driving his silver/gray 2004 Dodge four-door pickup, with Texas license plate number 60V-NX2.

He was wearing a short-sleeve plaid shirt, dark blue jeans, black tennis shoes and metal-framed glasses, according to his family.

Parker, called “Pawpaw” by his family, is 6-feet-4-inches tall and 210 pounds.

Along with dementia, he takes medication for Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, said granddaughter Brenna Francis of Dallas.

“I believe my grandpa did grow up in the Fort Worth area near or in Haltom City,” Francis said. “So there is a chance that he may be lost in the area.”

But, she added, “In his state of mind we realize he may be anywhere.”

A “Silver Alert” was issued for Parker, but it has since expired, said Capt. Larry Armstrong of the Hill County Sheriff’s Office.

He noted that the alerts, which are broadcast on electronic highway billboards, usually run for 48 hours.

“They actually let us do it a little longer, but it has expired,” Armstrong said.

Nevertheless, deputies continued to search the county Wednesday for Parker.

Anyone with information about Parker can call sheriff’s deputies at 254-582-5313 .


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