Elderly man from west side still missing - Tucson News Now

Elderly man from west side still missing

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson Police Department is asking for the community's help in finding a missing vulnerable adult.

Donald Johns, 84, was last seen leaving his home for a short walk in the 3500 block of N. Freeway around 11 a.m, on June 21, police say.

More than three days have passed since Dee Johns last saw her husband of almost 65 years, Don.  She worried that he either got lost, was taken by people, or a combination of those.

"I wouldn't have anything, any ill will against them if they would just bring him back if that's what happened, but we just don't know, you know, what's happened to him," Dee Johns said.

She said that her husband suffered encephalitis, which is a swelling of the brain, twelve years ago, and that affected his short term memory.  He kept his walks within the Prince of Tucson RV Park, where they live, for that reason.  She said when he said that he was going to look at the nearby construction about 11 Friday morning, she thought that he would see it from within the park, as usual.  She did not expect him to last be seen on the road outside the park, toward the construction at Prince and I-10.

"It isn't like him to do this, normally, so something either snapped in his mind, or he had something on his mind, and thought he was going there and then realized he didn't know how to get back," she said.

On Monday night, Dee just wanted to know where her husband was.  She hoped that Don Johns was alright and only needed some direction home.  But she was realistic about the challenges he faced.

"I want to stay positive, and hope that they find him and that he's alright and he comes back to me.  And then in the next minute I think, it's a hundred and seven degrees out there, where is he, is he just laying out there someplace, you know, so, it's not been nice."

Don Johns is 84, 5'8", 165 to 170 pounds with salt and pepper hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen in a blue grey shirt with horizontal stripes, grey pants, a baseball cap and dark, large-frame sunglasses.

According to Johns' family, he suffers from short term memory loss due to a medical condition.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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