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Police: Caregiver kidnapped elderly Pinehurst man

Posted December 19, 2012
Updated December 20, 2012

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— Pinehurst police were searching Wednesday for an 83-year-old man after his caregiver allegedly kidnapped him from a rehab center and never returned.

Henry Eugene Aiken, who has dementia, was last seen at Pinehurst Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 300 Blake Blvd., in Moore County. Facility spokesman Thad Morgan said Aiken had been living there for at least one week and was checked in by Carol Ocause, who was also listed as his caregiver.

On Monday afternoon, Ocause, 68, picked up Aiken to take him to a doctor's appointment. They never showed up at the doctor's office and, when they didn't return to the rehab facility after several hours, the staff became alarmed.

"The care facility dutifully notified the Moore County Department of Social Services of Ms. Ocause's failure to return Mr. Aiken to the facility following his appointment," Morgan said in a statement.

Arrest warrants have been issued charging Ocause with kidnapping, but neither she nor Aiken have been seen since leaving Pinehurst Healthcare.

Deputy Police Chief Floyd Thomas said Aiken's family is very concerned about his well being.

"Mr. Aiken has dementia, onset of Alzheimer's and he also has some medical issues the Department of Social Services are really concerned about that could cause him some real problems if he doesn't get treated and seen (by a doctor) real soon," Thomas said. "We are very concerned."

Aiken is black, stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds, authorities said. He has gray hair, black eyes and wears glasses. Authorities were not sure what Aiken was wearing when he went missing. Police: Caregiver kidnapped elderly Pinehurst man Police: Caregiver kidnapped elderly Pinehurst man

Ocause is believed to be driving a silver 2008 Mercedes ML-350 with NC license tag YPZ 5494.

Anyone with information should call the Pinehurst Police Department at 910-295-3141.

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for Aiken around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Developed in 2007, the Silver Alert system quickly notifies the public about missing endangered people 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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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 20, 3:32 p.m.

    Suspecting the caregiver without a specific reason is jumping the gun.

    Iconoclast

    Not it is not. The truth is the truth. Why was she and him in his state applying for a marriage license? I guess you never thought of that.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 20, 3:31 p.m.

    She will be charged with kidnapping. Family keep a better check on your love ones. Don't totally trust the caretakers even if you have done a back-ground check.

  • Karmageddon Dec 20, 2:43 p.m.

    How many caregivers drive Mercedes? Better check the man's finances

  • Iconoclast Dec 20, 10:30 a.m.

    Unless there is a credible reason to suspect the caregiver, I would be more inclined to think something may have happened to both of them. Was the car wrecked and out of sight of the road? Were they both kidnapped, carjacked or attacked in some way? Suspecting the caregiver without a specific reason is jumping the gun.

  • cushioncritter Dec 20, 8:54 a.m.

    First "kidnapping" was applied to one spouse disobeying a judge in a custody dispute situation. Now it is being used where one caregiver has a dispute with another, perhaps where one caregiver would like to do a DNR to get assets before the patient can accumulate so much Medicaid time in a facility that when the house is sold after the patients death, the state gets everything (Federal law requires states to recoup Medicaid costs to the maximum possible after death).

    Not sure about NC law, but in FL if one sees nursing home abuse, you are to call 911, but if the LEO takes the nursing homes side on arrival, the whistle blower is taken to jail for a "false report".

    I've had to do a "discharge against medical advice" to get someone out of a bad rehab center that wanted to keep the patient as long a Medicare would keep paying. Just glad a greedy sibling didn't block that and get me charged with "kidnapping".

  • autismawareness Dec 20, 8:30 a.m.

    kidnapping?

  • Dale Dec 20, 8:20 a.m.

    I'm hoping this is a misunderstanding of some sort and they are both found safe.