Community volunteers seek to locate missing Jeffersonian man | Crime & justice

Police are calling on residents to help search for a 79-year-old man from Jefferson, who has been missing for more than 24 hours.

Anthony Joseph Walker was last seen on camera leaving his home around 1:40 a.m. in the 3800 block of Bedford Drive on Wednesday, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. He suffers from dementia and is hard of hearing, according to his family, who asked the community for help at a press conference Wednesday night.

After an exhaustive search involving many agencies, the sheriff’s office is now organizing a community search. Anyone wishing to volunteer should meet at Remsburg Park, 7408 Holter Road No. 7404, Middletown, at 1:00 PM Dogs are not permitted as the FCSO has dedicated search and rescue K9s. No off-road vehicle is allowed.

The requirements for volunteers are as follows:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be able to present valid ID
  • Must wear long pants, brightly colored shirt, and appropriate footwear (i.e. boots, all-weather shoes, etc.)
  • Must have access to a cell phone
  • Must be able to travel long distances and traverse a variety of terrain
  • Should bring water, FCSO will provide additional water

The sheriff’s office will organize and direct the search. Police say volunteers must be willing to follow the advice and direction of appointed public security personnel.

Police began their search on Wednesday after Walker’s family reported her missing at 9.20am. and the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association continued their intensive research earlier this morning, according to an FCSO statement.

Walker was last seen wearing a gray Maryland Terrapins sweatshirt with a white undershirt, khaki pants with a belt, and Teva sandals with black socks. Walker is described as being around 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds. He has salt and pepper hair. If anyone sees him, he should call 911.

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