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Chatham Officials Continue Search For Missing Alzheimer's Patient

Posted October 18, 2004

— Officials in Chatham County continue to search for a man with Alzheimer's disease who wandered off Saturday evening.

Willie Headen, 71 is in need of medication, according to his family.

Volunteers and emergency workers searched the area near Headen's home by foot and using ATVs. Now they are now focusing on a wooded area near Jack Alston Road, about 3 miles south of Pittsboro.

"We've got an 80 acre cutover. We've got 50 acre cutover. A lot of lapses in trees," said Chief Daryl Griffin of the Pittsboro Fire Department.

The state Highway Patrol helicopter assisted in a search by air over the weekend.

"Before he left he was talking about Siler City. So, if anyone in Siler City sees him, please call the sheriff's department," family member Jacqueline West said.

Headen also answers to his nickname, "Bill".

Anyone with information who has seen Headen is asked to call the Chatham County Sheriff's Office at (919) 542-2911.

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