UPDATE: Search Continues for Missing Man with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 10/14/13 @ 8:25 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- It has been one month since Gerald Boyles, an elderly man who suffers from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, disappeared.

Boyles, 75, was last seen Sept. 13 at his home in South Shore, Ky. He was reported missing the following day.

Boyles' loved ones, as well as police, have been searching for him -- with no trace. They are hoping for some sense of closure.

Boyles' son said the family received a tip Sunday night that his father may have gotten a ride with someone he knows.

Anyone with any information about Boyles' whereabouts is asked to call Kentucky State Police or local 911 agency.



UPDATE 9/21/13 @ 4:55 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Family members, friends and Kentucky State Police troopers spent several hours Saturday searching for an elderly man who has now been missing for an entire week.

Kentucky State Police say Gerald Boyles, 75, was last seen on Friday, Sept. 13 in South Shore. Boyles’ family says he suffers from both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

“I’m just afraid somebody's picked him up and dropped him off somewhere,” Tim Boyles, Gerald’s son, said. “I fear the worst. I mean, I hope that we find him alive and everything but [I] don't know.”

Sergeant Jamie Kidd of the Kentucky State Police was one of the officers coordinating Saturday’s search.

“We can cover more area like this,” Kidd said, indicating the two troopers with whom he was searching a large bean patch near Boyles’ home. “We start doing around the perimeter, three-man wide, and now we're just taking what's considered a grid search.”

Kidd said that because of Boyles’ age and health problems, they were being even more thorough than normal.

“He does have issues with walking, so it would be a short distance. That's why we've started close to where his actual residence is,” Kidd said.

“It's hard,” Tim Boyles said. “Every time we turn around, [we’ve] been jumping in weeds and everything. [I’ve] been in weeds over my head, with shorts on, scratches on my leg.”

Before the crews headed out to search, they met at the American Legion in South Shore.

“Every day that goes by, it's very worrisome,” Trooper Zachary Thompson said as he prepared to go out and search. “We can just only put ourselves in [the family’s] shoes and just imagine what they're going through.”

Family members say they have received tips that Boyles may have been seen in Flatwoods and Ashland.

State Police are asking people who live nearby to check surveillance cameras to see if anything shows up. They say Boyles has been entered into a missing persons database and they plan to continue searching for him.

If you see Boyles, call Greenup 911 at 606-473-1411.

You can also contact the Kentucky State Police at 800-222-5555 or 606-928-6421.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 9/17/13 @ 1:25 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The search for a missing elderly man from Greenup County continued Tuesday.

75-year-old Gerald Boyles has both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Boyles was reported missing from his home in South Shore, Ky., on Saturday.

Boyles’ wife says she last saw her husband about 9 p.m. Friday.

When she woke up about 5:15 a.m. Saturday, the door was open and her husband was gone.

He is believed to be wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt.

Boyles’ stepson, David Logan, tells WSAZ.com on Tuesday that family, friends and off-duty rescue workers continue to follow-up on leads they receive.

Logan says some of those leads have put Mr. Boyles in the Flatwoods and Ashland areas. He also says several businesses are checking their surveillance videos for any pictures of Mr. Boyles.

Kentucky State Police also say they are continuing to follow-up on leads they receive.

Family members say this is not the first he was walked off. The last time he was found in a ditch by a bus driver near a school, roughly two miles from his home. He told family he was going to the bank.

Family members also tell WSAZ.com, Boyles has trouble walking and speaking so it is hard to imagine he walked very far.

If you see Boyles, call Greenup 911 at 606-473-1411.

You can also contact the Kentucky State Police at 800-222-5555 or 606-928-6421.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 9/16/13 @ 11:25 a.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The search resumed Monday morning for a missing elderly man with both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Gerald Boyles, 75, was reported missing from his home in South Shore, Ky., on Saturday.

Boyles’ wife says she last saw her husband about 9 p.m. Friday.

When she woke up about 5:15 a.m. Saturday, the door was open and her husband was gone.

He is believed to be wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt.

Family, friends and rescue workers spent Saturday and Sunday looking for the elderly man.

South Shore Fire Chief Kenny Taylor says that search dog lost Mr. Boyles scent near U.S. 23.

Family members say this is not the first he was walked off. The last time he was found in a ditch by a bus driver near a school, roughly two miles from his home. He told family he was going to the bank.

Family members also tell WSAZ.com, Boyles has trouble walking and speaking so it is hard to imagine he walked very far.

On Monday, their search centered on several wooded areas along U.S. 23 east of South Shore.

If you see Boyles, call Greenup 911 at 606-473-1411.

You can also contact the Kentucky State Police at 800-222-5555 or 606-928-6421.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 9/14/13 @ 5:27 p.m.
SOUTH SHORE, Ky (WSAZ) -- Family, friends and now even police are on the hunt for a missing elderly man who has alzheimer's disease and parkinson's disease.

Gerald Boyles, 75, was last seen by his wife about 9 p.m. Friday. She says he was wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt.

Boyles' wife says when she woke up about 5:15 a.m. Saturday, the door was open and her husband was gone.

Neighbors have spent the day searching the community. Now, Boyd County Emergency Management is out with dogs -- also searching the area.

If you see Boyles, call the South Shore Fire Department at (606) 932-3222.

You can also contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or 606-928-6421. Callers may remain anonymous.

Trooper Dan Vossmer is the lead investigator in the case.


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