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Car Found in S.C., but Search Keeps Fayetteville Focus

Posted July 25, 2007

— Fayetteville police continue to search for a missing man with Alzheimer's, despite finding his car in South Carolina.

Police said that the man's silver, four-door 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier was found in Hampton, S.C., on July 18. The car showed no signs of foul play, detectives said.

The family of Emery Lane, Jr., 75, reported him missing July 16. Family members said they had not been in contact with Lane for seven days.

Lane is a black male with graying hair and brown eyes. He was last seen at 1117 Titus Court in Fayetteville at 11 a.m. on July 9, police said.

Wtiness reports to police have placed Lane in the area of Gillespie Street and traveling on Interstate 95.

Fayetteville detectives are investigating with local authorities in South Carolina.

Anyone with information on Mr. Lane’s whereabouts is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or 910-433-1585.


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  • emory24 Jul 26, 2007

    good luck

  • diwanicki Jul 25, 2007

    Praying for a safe return

  • fayettevilledoug Jul 25, 2007

    I agree with SideKick and Monkey...If the family didn't check on him for 7 days at his age and in his condition...then why are the getting bent out of shape now. They are lucky that he didn't get in that car and drive to Calif. before now. It always amazes me how people become grief stricken when they can't give someone like that the 10 min. a day out of their busy schedule. They can go to movies, parties, the club, the mall but can't take care of the ones who took care of them. Sad but true. You always miss something the most when its gone. I hope he is safe and I hope they live with the guilt if he isn't.

  • sunruner13 Jul 25, 2007

    This man was a 75 year old Alzheimer patient and it took them SEVEN days to realize he was missing and report him??? Was no one in this family checking on him? Alzheimer patients forget to eat, they wander away, they need to be regularly observed in the early stages and constantly watched later on. SEVEN DAYS?? I'd say there's something foul there. My grandfather in the early stages went for a drive and we reported him within hours. It still took 3 days to find him but imagine if we'd waited 7 days to report it. My prayers go out for a positive outcome.

  • JustCrazy2 Jul 25, 2007

    Praying for his safe return.

  • Sidekick Jul 25, 2007

    A 77 year old with Alz still hs his car and the keys? I think this should be a case for parent endangerment. Should the family memebers be somewhat accountable, I believe so.

    No, he wouldn't have liked it, but now he may be dead! Or just ambling around and no one will do anything thinking he is just another homeless person. Or maybe he could have killed someone in a car accident.

    Who is responsible for the elderly in this condition? The gov't is/will not take responsiblity. And it appears many families aren't either.

    Please don't come down on me too harsh. Because I know of what I speak from experience. Yes, it was a trememdous sacrifice and I put my life on hold until my relative no longer needed me. But I took the keys and other things that might be harmful to them and to other people.

  • wildatheart99 Jul 25, 2007

    God please be with him and bring him back to his family safe and sound. Amen

  • Autumn Jul 25, 2007

    My heart goes out to this poor gentleman and his family. My mom (age 73) also suffers from alzheimers, and has gotten to the point where she needs constant supervision.

    Luckily for my family, once the doctor and my dad took her car keys away, she never tried to drive.

    My dad and I have had a couple of scares with her out in public though, in which we lost her for a few minutes....

    I hope they find this gentleman safe and sound.

  • m0nky Jul 25, 2007

    7 days they didn't check up on him? you just don't do that with someone with alzheimers...

    hope this guys turns up safe

  • skinnycow Jul 25, 2007

    This is horrible. I wonder if he was living alone in his home without "supervision." That may have made a difference. I am hoping and praying that he is found safely and returned back to his loved ones. May the Lord grant them some type of peace during their wait, and bless Mr. Emery Lane and return him safely to his friends, family and loved ones.