Police continue hunt for lost man

A WWII veteran, who disappeared 10 days ago, has still not been found despite search.
Sunday, April 11, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:56 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Earl Cason, 84, has still not been found 10 days after he went missing following a routine weekly visit to the Truman Veterans Hospital.

Cason, a veteran of World War II, suffers from Parkinson’s disease, high blood pressure and Alzheimer’s disease . He had visited the hospital once a week to have his nine daily medications sorted into a pill container.

Police were notified when Cason did not return home following his visit on March 31. They found his 2003 Nissan Altima still in the hospital parking lot. Inside were his medications, personal belongings, wallet and identification.

The Columbia Police Department has checked hospital security cameras and bus routes and has used a Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter to search more remote areas.

“Photos have been distributed and officers are aware that he is out there,” said Columbia Police Department Station Master Gene Williams. “But so far nothing has turned up.”

Cason’s two children, Drew and Phyllis, live in Kansas City. They have spent much of the past week in Columbia attempting to help locate their father, but returned to their jobs for the weekend.

Cason’s wife, Frances Cason, says her husband usually asked her for a ride to the hospital when he needed one, but on March 31 he said he did not need one because he was only going to pick up his pills.

“I’m worried that he doesn’t have his medicine, and I’m worried that he’s away from home,” Frances Cason said. “Usually he’s right here with me.”

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