TURTLE CREEK (KDKA) – Police are seeking the public’s help to locate a missing Turtle Creek man with dementia.
According to police, 83-year-old Ernest Harris went missing around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after he took out the trash at his Riley Park Drive home.
Harris is described as being an African-American male and stands about 6-feet-3-inches tall, wears glasses and has a mustache.
He has a noticeable lump on his neck and speaks with a southern accent.
“From what I understand, he’s an outgoing person, so he’s not a threat to anybody. He’s an ex-military. There’s a possibility that he might have tried to return down to the veteran’s hospital because he doesn’t know this area. He’s from Texas,” Dan Pici from the Turtle Creek Police Department said.
A total of 10 fire companies and rescue operations are out searching for Harris, while his family endured a difficult night.
“It’s been hectic. I haven’t really slept all night. You try to sleep, but it’s on your mind constantly,” Marlene Lee said.
Police have received several tips and calls about possible sightings, but Harris has not been located yet.
“We’ve had numerous sightings stretches anywhere from Turtle Creek into Homewood,” Pici said.
Meanwhile, his family and friends are anxiously awaiting to be reunited with Harris.
“If you see him please don’t be scared to talk to him. He’s not aggressive, he won’t hurt you,” April Johnson said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.