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Search Continues for Wilson Man, 82

Posted April 21, 2008 10:00 a.m. EDT
Updated April 21, 2008 6:55 p.m. EDT

— Authorities continued searching Monday for an 82-year-old Wilson man who went missing last week.

Wade Hampton Lamm, of 5111 Country Club Drive North, was last seen at the BB&T Bank on West Nash Street in Wilson around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

His 1997 white Ford F-250 truck with North Carolina plate XVL-9980 was found Thursday at the Days Inn in Washington, about 60 miles east of Wilson.

Authorities said there is no obvious sign that foul play is involved, but are investigating all possibilities.

Lamm's family said Monday he has heart problems, is without his medication and is suicidal.

"He needs to be found, if possible," his daughter, Linda Lamm Darden, said. "We need to get some more involvement from state agencies, if possible. This is a critical moment, here."

A Silver Alert – a statewide notification system that alerts the public when endangered adults go missing – was not issued because he does not suffer from dementia or other cognitive impairments – a requirement for the alert.

"I would think someone who is clearly depressed and suicidal and also – now that he has been wandering around for several days without his medication, I have to wonder, 'What is his mental state?'" Lamm's other daughter, Debbie Lamm, said.

Lamm is a white man with a fair complexion and blue eyes. He stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds.

Anyone with information about where he might be is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or the Washington Police Department at 252-946-1444.