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Decatur police, family ask for help finding missing Alzheimer's patient

James Robert Elliott, Jr. (Source: Decatur Police Department) James Robert Elliott, Jr. (Source: Decatur Police Department)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

The family of a missing man 72-year-old who has Alzheimer's Disease is pleading for help so they can bring him back home. They believe he left from his Decatur home Tuesday morning.

James Robert Elliott, Jr.'s family said Thursday he could be outside of North Alabama, because he drives and he has gone missing and been found out of the state before.  Veronda James lives two doors down from her father on 11th Avenue Northwest. She said she checked before she got ready for work around 6 a.m. Tuesday. His Ford Explorer was there, but by the time she left around 9:30 a.m. , it was gone. Elliott has four adult daughters, ten grandchildren, and great-grand children, Sales said his family is worried sick right now.

"When I get up in the morning, just because of his condition, I'm looking out the door. Every day, I'm going to see if I see him, you know, making sure he gets his meals. But right now, feel like we're just worthless because we can't help him," she said.

Elliott has two nicknames he may respond to, "J.R.", and "Sonny." He walks with a limp. Elliott is five foot nine inches tall, has brown eyes and black hair and wears large, round glasses.

He drives a Black 1998 Ford Explorer with the Alabama tag number 52A44Z1. It has a bumper sticker that says "Grandpa Needs Love Too." Also, the driver's side mirror is broken. He has gone missing before. Once he was found in Gaston, and another time he was found in Mississippi.

If anyone believes they have seen Elliott or his vehicle, call police. You can also call his daughter Verona at (256) 221-4930 or his daughter Vivian at (256) 303-4501. Please share this story with friends on social media who live in the area and who live outside of our area.

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