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Salem Police Request Assistance in Locating Missing Alzheimer's Patient

News Release from: Salem Police Dept.
Posted: January 26th, 2012 7:22 PM
Photo/sound file: (Ballantyne)

*** UPDATE ***

Richard "Dick" Ballantyne has been located safe. He was located approximately four hours after he walked away, and approximately 3.7 miles from where he started. He walked into a residence near Culver Ln S, where residents called police. He is in the process of being reunited with his family.

The Salem Police Department would like to thank all who assisted in searching for Mr Ballantyne. A Child Is Missing, many citizens and the Marion County Sheriff's Office all worked together with the Salem Police Department in this massive search effort.

The Salem Police Department would like to request assistance from the public in locating an 84-year old male Alzheimer's patient who wandered away from a doctor's office in northeast Salem on 1-26-12.

Richard "Dick" Ballantyne is suffering from advanced stages of Alzheimer's Disease and wandered away from 2441 Grear St NE in Salem at about 3:15 pm on 1-26-12.

Ballantyne is a White male adult, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 175 lbs, grey receding hair, wearing a blue long sleeve button up shirt and blue jeans. He is not carrying any identification.

A Child Is Missing has been activated, and the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit is also enroute to assist in the search.

Searchers are concerned about Ballantyne's physical condition as well as the fact that temperatures are expected to fall rapidly this evening, and he is not dressed to withstand the cold weather.

Anyone who either sees Ballantyne or has any information as to his whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.

A photo of Ballantyne is attached.

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