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Officials: Missing Mebane man spotted in Wilmington

Posted June 2, 2008
Updated October 17, 2008

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— A Silver Alert has been issued for a Mebane man who authorities believe might be trying to drive to Florida.

Jack Taylor Jr., 77, of 204 Goldfinch Court, was last seen Tuesday morning in walking Wilmington.

Taylor drove a cream-colored 2005 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series away from his home Monday. A license plate number was not available.

Mebane police said they consider Taylor endangered, because he has dementia and needs immediate medical attention.

Officers said that Taylor believes he can drive to Florida, where he lived until recently. 

Taylor was described as a white man, standing 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 187 pounds. He has short, grey hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a light-colored shirt with multicolored stripes, khaki Dockers pants and brown Rockport shoes.

Taylor has a scab on his arm and walks with a cane.

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 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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  • Adelinthe Jun 3, 2008

    "Shouldn't be too hard to get the number, they have everything needed to obtain it."

    May not have even been his car - just looked like something he once had.

    I wish you all could understand their thought processes. They're very crafty, even though very confused. And they get so scared. It just breaks my heart.

    Praying.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Jun 3, 2008

    "My father had Alzheimers, and we took his keys away from him to keep him from driving. On more than one occasion, we found he had spare sets of keys we didn't know about. We had to mechanically disable his car to keep him from driving. Even then, sometimes we'd find him outside in the car trying to start it."

    This happened with my dad too, until we finally sold the car. It was so sad when the troopers came to take his license away, but we had asked the doctor to take the necessary steps because we wanted to keep him safe. And honestly, the troopers were so nice to him.

    But still...he found old driver's licenses, multiple sets of keys and would even try keys that belonged to other things. He even tried tools, screwdrivers and such.

    He was such a wonderful man, well loved by everyone. It was a very trying time for our family, and I pray for this man and his loved ones as well - mightily.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • saturn5 Jun 3, 2008

    Don't be so sure, Ol Forrester. My father had Alzheimers, and we took his keys away from him to keep him from driving. On more than one occasion, we found he had spare sets of keys we didn't know about. We had to mechanically disable his car to keep him from driving. Even then, sometimes we'd find him outside in the car trying to start it.

    Suffering from dementia doesn't mean they aren't still resourceful.

  • Scubagirl Jun 3, 2008

    "A license plate number was not available."
    Shouldn't be too hard to get the number, they have everything needed to obtain it.

  • White Eagle Jun 3, 2008

    I am sure the family is very upset and I pray that they will find the man before he hurts himself or someone else.

    I'm not a editor but this sorry would/could have been better if they had provided the tag number and a picture of the man. The time he left would have been helpful as well. If you want help, give the public something with which to work.

  • peakofgoodliving Jun 3, 2008

    OMG!! I demented old man driving to FL in a late model Lincoln Town Car...they will never find him!

  • garnertoy Jun 3, 2008

    how scary

  • Ol Forrester Jun 3, 2008

    If he had car keys, he can't be demented. Only a demented person would give car keys to a demented person.