PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 70-year-old Alzheimer’s patient last seen Monday afternoon remains missing Tuesday, and a search is underway throughout the Portland area.
John Lloyd Scott was last seen around 1 p.m. on Monday, when relatives dropped him off at the Holgate MAX platform. Police said it is a normal routine for Scott to use the MAX to travel to Clackamas Town Center.
“I feel responsible for him being gone right now,” said his friend Cheryl Hancock, who dropped him off. “Because if I would have known, I just pray to God somebody will find him very, very soon.”
Around 11 p.m. Monday, Scott called his nephew and said that he was lost “near the bike trail” and that he was going to sit down on the grass to rest. He also said he could hear water.
Based on Scott’s description of where he was, his family believed he was still near the mall.
Scott has not been in touch with his family since.
Police worked with Scott’s cellular provider and learned that his phone was within a mile radius of Southeast 92nd and Ramona Street.
Officers started an extensive search from the ground and the air using the Portland Police Air Support Unit.
By Tuesday afternoon, searchers focused their attention on the area around the Springwater Trail. Portland police search-and-rescue teams on 4-wheelers were scouring the area.
Scott is 5-feet-7 with a thin build and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a blue windbreaker with white stripes on the sleeves, black pants and a hat. He is not dressed for the cold and commonly gets confused or turned around.
Anyone seeing John Scott is asked to immediately call 911. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503.823-0797 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alzheimer’s epidemic is America’s sixth-leading cause of death. In Oregon, 59,000 people have Alzheimer’s, and one in three people over the age of 80 get it. Women over 65 are twice as likely to get Alzheimer’s as breast cancer. For more information, visit Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon