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Search stalls for missing man

Brownwood authorities seek new leads

Celinda Emison Scripps Texas Newspapers Posted May 18, 2010 at 9:26 p.m.

Officials in Brown County say they are scaling back efforts to find Richard Parker, an elderly man who has been missing since April 25.

Parker, from Aquilla in Hill County, had been missing almost three weeks when the Brown County Sheriff’s Office got the case.

“We have been running full blast ever since,” said Brown County Sheriff Bobby Grubbs.

Over the last week, dive teams from the Department of Public Safety have searched Lake Brownwood. Texas Parks and Wildlife has used sonar equipment on the lake, and teams from the DPS have searched the area around Mountain View Lodge with cadaver dogs and helicopters. Deputies from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office have searched the area on horseback.

So far there has been no trace of Parker.

Witnesses last saw Parker, 76, about 5 a.m. April 25 as he drove into Mountain View Lodge. They told authorities Parker left his pickup near a boat ramp but was too disoriented to move it.

The witnesses said they helped him park his truck in a parking space at the lodge.

Grubbs said there was evidence that Parker may have gone into a travel trailer at the lodge because they found opened Dr Pepper cans, an unmade bed and a pair of men’s tennis shoes.

“We found some black tennis shoes inside the travel trailer,” Grubbs said.

If the shoes belonged to Parker, “there is a chance he could be barefooted,” Grubbs said.

The intensive search has been called off, and officials hope witnesses will call in any new leads.

“It is a situation we will just keep working,” Grubbs said. “We are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.”

Parker was last seen wearing a short-sleeved plaid shirt, dark blue jeans, black tennis shoes and wire-framed glasses. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds. Parker suffers from dementia and needs medication for Type 1 diabetes.

Anyone with information should call the Brownwood Law Enforcement Center at 325-646-2525 or 911 if the information is of immediate nature.


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