At-risk man with dementia found safe in Turlock

John Louis Silveira, an 82-year-old from Turlock is missing and police are asking for the public's help to try to find him. (May 7, 2017)

UPDATE -- MAY 8, 9 A.M.:

Turlock police report John Silveira has been found safe and is unharmed.

Police wanted to thank everyone who helped find the man.

ORIGINAL STORY:

John Louis Silveira, an 82-year-old from Turlock is missing and police are asking for the public's help to try to find him. 

Silveira is considered at-risk because he has onset dementia. 

His son Bret is a Deputy Sheriff with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. He's usually the one posting about missing person's cases but this time, it's really hitting close to home.

Silveira was last seen May 6 around 1 p.m. near the 100 block of 20th Century Boulevard in Turlock at the St. Francis Assisted Care Center.

Bret said the facility isn't on lock down and there are ways residents can come and go. His father sometimes will go to the Walgreens across the street. He has walked to the doctor's office before. But he always comes back. This time, he didn't.

While he hopes his father just went out for a walk on a beautiful day and lost his way, a similar case in the same area rings fresh in his mind.

Just a few days ago, the body of another missing elderly man from the area was found in a river.

That's why Bret's is especially grateful about how vigilant and precautious people are being. Police have been searching all nearby areas including local businesses, and using social media to get the word out. 

"It's been very crazy, very humbling to get all the help and support of everybody," said Bret.

Silveira was last seen wearing a white t-shirt with blue jeans and a Western brown hat. He may be walking with a cane and most likely has his wallet on him because he's often paranoid about getting it taken. 

Anyone with information should call Turlock Police: 209-668-1200  

 

 

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