Anne Arundel County police today continued their search for a mentally retarded Delaware man who apparently wandered away from a group of bicyclists yesterday on the Baltimore-Annapolis bike trail.
William Woolford, 34, of the 800 block of Lincoln Ave. in Dover, was riding a black, 10-speed mountain bike with gray saddle bags with about a dozen other Dover-area cyclists when he disappeared around 11 a.m. in the Arnold area.
Mr. Woolford has been seen twice since then, police said, once yesterday afternoon at a truck stop on Veterans Highway (the old Md. 3 in Millersville) and near a Wendy's restaurant on Veterans Highway near Olde Mill Road at 9:30 p.m.
He is described as an epileptic who needs medication three times a day. He appears confused and frightened and has a fear of strangers.
Sgt. Dale Thomas, of the Eastern District, said a member of Mr. Woolford's family reported he tagged along with the group of bikers.
The cyclists had left Ferndale and were headed south on the trail to Annapolis, from where they were to be transported back to Delaware.
Sergeant Thomas said the asphalt bike trail was searched extensively until shortly after sunset.
"We hope he just wandered off the trail and went to a store and will be seen by someone who will call us," said Sergeant Thomas.
When last seen Mr. Woolford, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds, was wearing a light-colored jacket, blue jeans, tennis shoes and a white bike safety helmet over a baseball cap.
Anyone who sees Mr. Woolford is urged to call county police at 222-8619 or 222-6145.