Macon Police Search Cemetery for 71-Year-Old

4:21 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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Cropped from a photograph provided by the Macon Police Department.

By Judy Le,

Macon police are searching Riverside Cemetery for a missing 71-year-old man.

Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says city workers discovered Mann's van in the cemetery early Wednesday.

She said officers are now conducting a grid search of the cemetery off Riverside Drive in downtown Macon.

Mann went missing after he and his wife left a Macon doctor's office in separate cars yesterday afternoon.

Elaine Mann told police she turned from Riverside Drive on to Lee Road, but her husband continued heading south towards the city.

That was around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a police news release.

She hasn't seen or heard from him since, despite repeated attempts to reach him.

"So what we're doing now is calling in some resources and see maybe if he's still inside the cemetery," says Major Robert Grabowski of the Macon police.

The sheriff's office, fire department, EMA and national guard unit joined the search effort. 

Twiggs County brought canines. Warner Robins Police Departmentt and the Department of Corrections covered the ground and nearby river.

The Georgia State Patrol covered the search by air.

"They're also doing a separate grid search because of the large area," says Grabowski.

They say Mann suffers from health issues and may be disoriented after not eating all day.

"His wife said he had dementia. That's the concern," says Major Charles Stone of the Crime Investigations Division. "What we're doing right now is rescue, safety. we want to make sure he's OK. We want to find him. He is a diabetic and he needs his medication. He's out here and we need to find him.

He was last seen wearing green cargo pants and a white long-sleeved shirt.

He has recently worked around the Green Street area of Warner Robins where friends and family are now searching.

Police have issued a Mattie's Call for Mann. According to the news release, police are concerned he may become disoriented, having not eaten all day.

A Mattie's Call is a statewide investigative tool issued by local law enforcement for a missing or disabled person.

Authorities are searching as far north as Tom Hill Sr Blvd. and working south.

Anyone with information on David Mann and/or his vehicle is urged to call Macon police at 751-7500. 

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