Police search for missing man with Alzheimer's


Baltimore police are searching for a 78-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease who wandered away from his Pimlico home two weeks ago wearing blue pajamas and brown slippers.

William Booker of the 3300 block of W. Garrison Ave. was reported missing by his wife May 29. Louisa Booker, 77, told police she saw her husband go to bed about 1: 30 a.m. but that he was not there later that morning.

Detective Timothy W. Gardner of the missing-persons unit said Booker was spotted June 1 near Old Court Road in Baltimore County, several miles from his home, but that the woman who saw him assumed he was a neighbor getting his morning newspaper.

"We have an individual who is out only in his pajamas," Gardner said. "You would think that somebody would take him to a hospital."

Police said they have interviewed relatives and neighbors and called every hospital in the Baltimore area. They have checked the morgue and have distributed fliers. "We can't find the guy," Gardner said.

Booker is black, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 98 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes. He has problems walking and hearing, and police said he left his glasses and hearing aid at home. He also left behind medication.

Anyone with information about Booker is asked to call the Baltimore Police Department's missing-persons unit at 410-396-2334.

Pub Date: 6/14/99

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