Alzheimer's patient still missing in Cullman - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Alzheimer's patient still missing in Cullman

CULLMAN, AL (WBRC) - 76-year old Eric Richardson is still missing in Cullman.  He was last seen Monday, August 10th walking near his Cullman apartment.  Police and family have found no trace of him since.

"I don't wish this upon my worst enemy," said Doris Foley, his daughter.

Crews searched all week long on the ground, in the air, and on water, but found nothing.  Foley said her father is likely disoriented and hasn't a clue where he is. 

"Because when we take him off he forgets, he'll say well what street am I on and we'll tell him and you can look at him and he looks puzzled," Foley said.
 
Richardson also suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney problems.  Foley said if her dad is found alive, he will need serious medical attention. 

"This is the first time he's ever wandered, ever," Foley said. "He forgets where he's at but he's never done this before, ever, ever."

Foley was also worried because her father is a former truck driver.  She's concerned he might have talked a driver into taking him back to Michigan, where he was born and raised. 

Foley said any family with an Alzheimer's patient needs to get some sort of tracking device so this nightmare doesn't happen to anyone else. 

"Family is worth it...we were about to get one on...and we didn't get it on quick enough, so I wouldn't delay, its well worth it."
 
If you have any information on Richardson's whereabouts, you are encouraged to call Cullman Police at 256-734-1434.

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