EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMISSING MAN SEARCH CONTINUES
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Family Desperate For Answers After Week Long Search For Missing Man
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: Jun. 24, 2012 6:32 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 24, 2012 6:45 PM EDT
Clay , Clay County , West Virginia
The search continues for a missing man diagnosed with Alzheimer's in Clay County. Now his family is clinging to hope that he's still alive and searching for answers.
Family says 62-year old Jerry Holcomb walked away from his home on Dundon Road in Clay County last week.
"He came in at about 7:30 and asked me if I needed anything to drink or anything to eat, and I said no I'm good Uncle Jerry. And then he walked off and I figured he came out here onto this front porch here," said Jerry's nephew, Dustin Berry.
Holcomb's nephew, Dustin, says Jerry likes to take walks and he did quite frequently. But last week, he never came back home.
"Sunday is when I called in the missing persons because I figured he was going to show back up and I was going to give it a day," said Berry.
State Police issued a Silver Alert for Jerry. Troopers and K-9 Units spent the past several days following up on tips, searching woods, and water to lead them to Jerry. But the search has turned up nothing.
Dustin says Jerry's Alzheimer's can get bad at times and he doesn't have his medication on him. He says his overall health isn't good and he fears the worst.
"He had a bad heart and everything like that so what if he's walking beside the road and had a heart attack and fell over the hill somewhere? You know we just want him to be safe."
Now a family is left on the edge. Hoping and praying that Jerry will find his way home.
"I just want the cops to be able to call us and tell us they found him...you know just something," said Berry.
Holcomb is around 5'8", 173 pounds. He has green eyes.
His family says he was last seen wearing black pants, a Hawaiian shirt, and flip flops.
If you have any information, call your local West Virginia State Police detachment.
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