State police put out an urgent plea Friday for people to check their properties for a missing man with Alzheimer's disease.
Troopers at the Hamburg barracks in Tilden Twp., Berks Co., have been leading efforts to find Richard Thomas Jordan since he went missing from his home in the 1300 block of Garfield Road during the snowstorm Thursday morning.
Troopers on Friday asked 69 News to urge its viewers, especially those in the area of Shannaleigh Drive, Quarry Road and Belleman's Church Road in Centre Township, should check their sheds, garages and decks in case Jordan, 77, decided to take shelter.
They also cautioned people that, because of Jordan having late-stage Alzheimer's, he may be confused or disorientated if approached.
Jordan is described as a white man who stands 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He has short gray hair. He is possibly wearing a tan, light-weight jacket, blue pajama bottoms and slippers on his feet.
Anyone who sees Jordan or know of his possible whereabouts should call state police at 610-562-6885.
This is not the first time Jordan has disappeared. He also went missing last August.
Karen Francis, who works as a memory care consultant, said there are some things you can do if you are caring for someone with Alzheimer's, including getting a Project Lifesaver bracelet.
"The transmitter that is worn can be detected by the equipment the Sheriff's department would use," said Francis. "If you do not have a way to find a person like this, it can be days."
Francis said having one of these devices is critical when you are trying to find someone quickly during these cold winter months.
"A person with Alzheimer's disease does not always have a sense of time or awareness of how cold it is outside, so if we do not keep them safe and put things in place to prevent these things from happening, some tragic things can happen," said Francis.
Francis said there are other bracelets and tips available through the Alzheimer's Association if your loved one goes missing.
Unfortunately, a bracelet cannot help Jordan now. That is why police ask that you check your sheds, decks and land surrounding your homes in the Centre Township area and call police immediately if you have a lead.