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Project Jason’s 18 Wheels Campaign

Richard has been placed on Project Jason’s 18 Wheel Angels campaign. A special poster has been made for him and can be downloaded and printed for placement. More information about the program, and the link for the poster can be found here:

http://projectjason.org/18wheel.shtml

In addition to the campaign, Richard was also featured in a national trucking publications, either Independent Contractor or TruckJobSeekers. These free magazines are distributed in truck stops nationwide and have a circulation of about 150,000.

Independent Contractor and TruckJobSeekers are two of Target Media Partner’s many publications. In partnership with Project Jason, they each feature two missing persons each per month. You can pick up your free copies at a local truck stop, but if it’s far from you, you may want to call and ask if they carry that magazine. These are NOT with the regular for purchase magazines.

We hope this helps in the search for Richard. Please consider printing and placing a poster in businesses in your community.

Thank you.

Kelly, Project Jason

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Shoes identified as those of missing Aquilla man

Posted: May 19, 2010 7:27 PM EDT Updated: May 20, 2010 8:29 AM EDT

There was a breakthrough Wednesday in the search for a missing Hill County man who hasn’t been seen in nearly a month.

Investigators confirmed that shoes found in an RV near a primary search area do belong to 76-year-old Richard Parker.

The RV was parked near Lake Brownwood more than 100 miles from Parker’s home in Aquilla. A woman left the RV door unlocked while she was gone and found the shoes and some opened cans of soda when she returned.

Parker’s truck was also found near the lake.

He was last seen in Aquilla on April 24th. Parker suffers from Diabetes and Dementia.

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.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2010/may/18/search-stalls-for-missing-man/

Search Continues for Missing Elderly Man, Help Requested of Public

Friday, 14 May 2010 14:16 | Author: News Release
Local News

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their search for the Missing/ Endangered person, Richard (Dick) Parker.

Mr. Parker was last seen at the Mountain View Lodge area on April 25, 2010, around 5:00 a.m., by two fishermen. At the time he was seen, he appeared to be confused or lost. The fishermen were unaware that Mr. Parker was suffering from his medical conditions, which are Dementia, Type 2 Diabetes, and high blood pressure. He was last seen sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Mountain View Lodge.

Owners of the Mountain View Lodge discovered the vehicle unoccupied later. The vehicle sat there for several days and no one moved the vehicle or attempted to claim the vehicle. Unaware of the fishermen’s sighting, the lodge had the vehicle towed. The report of a missing person did not reach the Brown County Sheriff’s Office until May 11th, after finding the vehicle in a local vehicle impound. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of numerous agencies and volunteers, has been searching this entire area by horse, ATV, foot, and helicopter since Wednesday, May 12th.

Sheriff Bobby Grubbs is requesting the assistance of all the citizens of Lake Brownwood, with an emphasis on the area from the Lake Bridge to Feather Bay, with property in this area to check their property, house, out-buildings, travel trailers, or any other area that Mr. Parker might have sought shelter in. Any citizens with neighbors who live outside of this area, but have a lake property are asked to contact their neighbor to check their property as well.

The search is scheduled to continue today in the south area of Lake Brownwood. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Richard (Dick) Parker is asked to contact the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at 325-646-5510 .

http://www.brownwoodnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2215:search-continues-for-missing-elderly-man-help-requested-of-public&catid=35:news&Itemid=58

Missing Central Texas Man’s Truck Found

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.

http://www.kwtx.com/news/headlines/93458509.html?ref=509

Search for missing Hill County man continues

Posted Friday, Apr. 30, 2010
By BILL MILLER
A former Haltom City man who retired in rural Hill County was still missing Friday, nearly one week after he was seen leaving home in his pickup.

Richard Gary Parker, 76, a retired Lockheed employee, was last seen April 24 leaving his home southwest of Aquilla Lake.

He reportedly has dementia, diabetes, and high blood pressure, according to his family.

Hill County Sheriff’s deputies, game wardens and dozens of volunteers have combed the county looking for Parker or his pickup, a silver/gray 2004 Dodge.

“We’re actually out here again,” Capt. Larry Armstrong of the sheriff’s office said Friday afternoon. “We haven’t found any sign of him yet.”

Armstrong was reached on his cell phone as he joined deputies searching on Farm Road 933. Parker’s home is near the intersection of Farm Roads 933 and 310, southwest of Aquilla Lake.

A “Silver Alert” was issued for Parker, but it has since expired, according to protocol.

However, a helicopter from the Texas Department of Public Safety office in Waco has searched by air, Armstrong said.

Other flights, he added, were flown by a local member of the Civil Air Patrol.

Meanwhile, he said, deputies sent missing-person advisories to police in White Settlement, where Parker spent his youth and Haltom City, where he raised his family.

“We got them to check, too,” Armstrong said. “Nothing.”

Parker’s family members said they he may have wandered back to places where he used to live.

But, granddaughter Brenna Francis of Dallas said, “In his state of mind we realize he may be anywhere.”

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

Parker and his wife, Shirley, have four adult children, said his cousin, Jeannie Anderson of Fort Worth.

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

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

His four-door pickup has the license plate number 60V-NX2.

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

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/04/30/2155176/search-for-missing-hill-county.html

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 .

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/04/28/2148650/hill-county-man-with-dementia.html

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