Family prays for the return of missing Bessemer man with dementia

Family prays for the return of missing Bessemer man with dementia

BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) - "I have to stay strong for my family and for my dad," said Frances Gann as she fought back tears. Her dad, 75-year-old James Morrison, has been missing since January 3.

Gann and the rest of her family are holding out hope that Morrison will return. Through their pain, the Morrison family is finding some comfort in the support of their community.

On Wednesday they all met at Grant Street Baptist Church, where Morrison has been a member since 1986, to pray for what they're calling a miracle.

"It's been very emotional. It's something that we needed for everybody to come together and pray and show their support," continued Gann.

Morrison's daughter says he went out to pick up lunch for him and his wife Sherry when he got lost on January 3.

The last 'ping' from his phone was around 9 p.m. that night. It showed he was on Morgan Road near the Jefferson/Shelby county line.

Morrison was last seen driving a 2014 Kia Sedona black minivan with a handicap tag and the Alabama license Plate 4C9F4.

He suffers from dementia, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Gann said the police department is waiting to get back from the state a detailed phone record, which will help police determine the area he was last seen. "We just ride every day, hoping and praying that someone calls it in that they've seen something. There's been so many people who have reached out and said they've passed out flyers and that's humbling. That gives you hope and strength as well."

Everyone took a break from their search efforts to pray for Morrison's safety.

"We want to do all we can to help find James. He's a very dear friend and brother in Christ. We're just praying for a miracle and god works miracles," said Carol Hutto. She's known Morrison for six years.

If you've seen Morrison or have information that could help authorities locate him, you're asked to call Bessemer Police Detective Stephen Talley at 205-481-4358.

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