Search continues for missing man with dementia in Gadsden County
Ronnie Jordan, 64, is also partially blind and was last seen more than a week ago.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office is asking the community for help in finding Ronnie Jordan, who a spokesperson described as “endangered.”
Jordan, 64, has dementia and is partially blind in one eye. He was last seen on Monday, March 20 leaving his Quincy home on Thigpen Road where he lives with his niece and nephew. Police and family members believe he may have gone on a walk and gotten disoriented and lost.
“We’re just maintaining hope every day,” GCSO Lieutenant Anglie Holmes said.
Holmes said there was a delay in Jordan being reported as missing by his family, which did not prompt a public please from the agency until Saturday afternoon.
On Tuesday, a group of 20 people aided in another search near his home and along his usual walking route. The sheriff’s office also used ATVs and a drone to search the area until inclement weather forced officials to suspend the search. About 30 people aided in searches conducted Sunday and Monday.
A Command Post was also established at Sawdust Park in Quincy, said GCSO.
Holmes said the sheriff’s office planned to try to resume searching on Wednesday if necessary.
Jordan is a black man and approximately 6′0. He weighs about 180 to 190 pounds and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black shirt, and black slide shoes.
His family reported him missing four days after he was last seen. Holmes said that although the delayed report diminished the window of opportunity, they are still hoping to find Jordan.
She encouraged residents in the area to check their properties. She said not to forget to look in an old shed or by a ravine as Jordan could have gotten confused and sought shelter in those spots.
In nearby Madison County, a woman in her 70s with dementia has been missing for more than 8 years. Annie Paul was last seen in 2015 at her assisted living facility on the 2800 block of northwest U.S. Highway 221 in Greenville, Florida.
If you see either of these people, contact local authorities and try to keep an eye on them until officials arrive.
You can contact the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 627-9233. You can reach the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 973-4001.
Copyright 2023 WCTV. All rights reserved.