The pickup truck belonging to an elderly man with health problems and dementia who disappeared after driving away from his Central Texas home more than two weeks ago has been found, authorities confirmed Tuesday.
Reporter: By Lauren Westbrook
WACO (May 11, 2010)—The search for Richard Gary Parker, 76, was focused on Lake Brownwood Tuesday evening after Hill County authorities learned that the missing Aquilla man’s pickup truck was found at a private lodge there.
Parker hasn’t been seen since driving off on April 24 from his home the 1900 block of Farm-to-Market 933 in Aquilla.
Parker suffers from dementia and has Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Family members said he desperately needed medication.
Relatives were en route to Lake Brownwood Tuesday where they said they would search for Parker’s body.
Parker’s truck had been parked for at least several days at Mountain View Lodge at Lake Brownwood, which is about 120 miles from his home.
Employees didn’t notice it until last week and had it towed on Friday.
The towing company notified the Texas Department of Public Safety, which later checked the license number and discovered the truck belonged to the missing man.
The DPS contacted the Hill County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday.
Authorities don’t know whether Parker is dead or alive and his whereabouts are still a mystery.
The Brown County Sheriff’s Office has checked hospitals in the area without success.
Family members said earlier that the pickup in which Parker drove off had a full tank of gas, but because he hadn’t driven in several years, they thought it was unlikely that he had gone far.
They spent days knocking on doors and driving down seldom-traveled rural roads in an effort to find the missing man.
The Hill County Sheriff’s Office checked out several leads on the missing man’s whereabouts without success.