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Elderly Orange County man reported missing

Posted August 17, 2011

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— Authorities were searching Wednesday for a missing 79-year-old man who was last seen in the yard of his Hillsborough home.

A Silver Alert was issued early Wednesday for John Randolph Trammell, who has diabetes and is in the early stages of dementia, investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

Trammell was last seen outside 1705 Old N.C. Highway 10, investigators said. He was wearing a short-sleeved shirt and light-colored pants.

He is described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds. He has hazel eyes and grey hair, but is mostly bald.

Trammell might be driving a silver 2002 Hyundai Sonata with North Carolina license plate MVZ1193.

Developed in 2007, the Silver Alert system quickly notifies the public about missing endangered adults who suffer from dementia or other cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer's disease.

It also allows caregivers and nursing homes to report a person missing. In the past, only a family member could report an adult missing.

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  • concerned11 Aug 18, 2011

    Mr. Trammell was last seen in Durham at the Kangaroo station at the corner of Carver St and Guess RD Monday night about 10:00pm. He stoped and asked for help, he told the clerk he was lost and just wanted to go back home. They turned him AWAY! Please call the police if you see this man, there are many people that care about him praying for his safe return!

  • comp1998 Aug 17, 2011

    I SAW THIS MAN! He was walking west (towards #10) on Mt Hermon Church Rd at 8:30 pm Monday night in the area of DAC awnings... I called the Sherifs dept this morning....I hope they have been walking around that area today.

  • common_sense_plz Aug 17, 2011

    Hope he is found safe. I know how it is to deal with family with dementia, and forget some of the simplest things. I will be on the lookout for this gentleman.

  • warbirdlover Aug 17, 2011

    6 foot 7 inches and weighs 140 pounds???? Is this a typo???? How does someone this tall fit into a Hyundai?????

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Aug 17, 2011

    6 foot 7! Wow, he ought to stand out in a crowd! I am sending out prayers that he is found safe and SOON!!!! Poor Guy!

  • batricia1 Aug 17, 2011

    when was he last seen so people know how far from hillsboro he could be

  • sammyg Aug 17, 2011

    Poor guy - hope he's found soon.