Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Man goes missing from Spotsy assisted living center
UPDATE: Richard “Tony” Coleman, 92, was located safely at his home in Arlington around 10:30 p.m.
He has now been reunited with his family.
A Spotsylvania citizen had given him a ride to the area of Gleeb Road and Jefferson Davis Highway around 3 p.m.
It is unclear how he got to Arlington.
The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office is looking for an elderly man who has gone missing from the Wilburn Gardens Assisted Living Center at 3500 Mekins Drive.
The missing person has been identified as 92-year-old Richard Coleman who goes by the nickname “Tony.”
He is white, 6 feet tall and 172 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes, police say.
He was wearing a royal blue short-sleeved shirt with thin, black, vertical stripes, blue Wrangler jeans and black high-top leather tennis shoes, police said.
He was also wearing a blue baseball cap with Olympic rings on it, gold-rimmed glasses and a blue denim jacket with a brown collar and a red and gray flannel lining.
Capt. Jeff Pearce of the sheriff’s office said Coleman walked away from the assisted living center around 12:45 p.m. toward Spotsylvania Towne Centre.
A K-9 track search was conducted and led up to the nearby Valero gas station, he said.
Police believe a well-meaning citizen may have picked him up and given him a ride.
“He may be trying to get back to the home he remembers, which is in Arlington,” Pearce said.
He said Coleman has mild dementia and has difficulty remembering things.
Anyone who may have seen him or offered him a ride is asked to contact the Spotsylvania sheriff’s office at 540/582-7115 or dial 911.
Pearce said they do not suspect foul play, and anyone who may have offered him a ride is not in any trouble.
“We just want to know where he was dropped off so we can reunite him with his family,” he said.