MEDICAL NEEDS #MISSING: Maxwell Ferguson, 59 - Valdosta, GEORGIA (Alzheimer's - Dementia - may be headed to Miami)

Update: Valdosta Police Dept.
May 15, 2015
VALDOSTA - This morning Detectives with the Valdosta Police Department continued searching the woods off of Bay Meadows Drive using 4-wheelers, but they have found no evidence to indicate Maxwell Ferguson to be there and have concluded the search efforts in that area.
During the course of the investigation it was learned that Ferguson has been reported missing several times at different agencies and that the other agencies have notified the Department of Aging on several occasions. The Valdosta Police Department is investigating the possibility that Maxwell Ferguson may be trying to get back to the Miami, Florida area and family members in that area have been notified.
The Valdosta Police Department has notified the Department of Aging and given them Ferguson's information. No further information is available at this time.

Winnie Wright
May 14, 2015
Valdosta, GA - Authorities in Valdosta are still looking for a disabled man who has been missing for close to a week.
59-year-old Maxwell Ferguson was last seen May 8th.
Family members say he has Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
VPD detectives re-interviewed family members today in town and in Ferguson's home town of Miami after canine units did not locate Ferguson in the woods outside of his Baymeadows Drive home, where he was last spotted.
"We believe that area was thoroughly covered. It's extremely thick brush off the trails and off the beaten path, so the likelihood of him being able to get further back in there with his medical condition, with the fact that he walks with a limp, would have been extremely hard," explains Capt. Bobbi McGraw with the Valdosta Police Department.
Captain McGraw also says the department plans to use four-wheelers to search the woods where was he was last seen, if he isn't found by Friday morning.
Updated By: Winnie Wright
May 13, 2015 6 pm
Valdosta, GA - Law enforcement spent most of the day actively searching for 59-year-old Maxwell Ferguson, both on the ground and from the sky. Meanwhile, friends and neighbors say they just want to see Ferguson come home.
"He's a nice man, and I just hope he gets returned back safe", says a concerned neighbor.
The Valdosta Police Department says they were first alerted about 59-year-old Maxwell Ferguson's disappearance Sunday night. The VPD also says Ferguson was last seen leaving his home on Baymeadows Drive around 5:30 Friday night, and walking into the woods. A neighbor says they spotted Ferguson again Saturday afternoon, but no one has seen him since.
Another neighbor says Ferguson walks with a limp, after suffering from a stroke. That neighbor adds they don't believe Ferguson would have been able to get far on his own.
"He's wandered off two times before, but he's always been brought back. For him not to be brought back, that makes everybody feel concerned about him."
As time passes, Valdosta Police say they're growing more concerned.
Captain Bobbi McGraw, with the Valdosta Police Department, says, "Given the elements, given his medical condition. We just don't know right now, that's why we've pulled as many resources as possible. The Georgia State Patrol Helicopter with their flare unit was out. We are looking at getting some blood hounds out there. We have about 30 plus people on the ground doing a lot of checking. We've got a lot of help out there, so we're trying to bring a resolution to it."
Family members told police they didn't call as soon as Ferguson went missing because they thought you had to wait 24-hours to be considered a missing person. However, police say that's not the case.
If you see Maxwell Ferguson, or know where he might be, please call 911. Ferguson was last seen wearing black sweat pants and white t-shirt.

News Release: Valdosta Police Dept.
May 12, 2015
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- 59-year-old Maxwell Ferguson, a resident of the 1400 block of Baymeadow Drive, Valdosta, GA is missing. He wandered away from his home on May 8, 2015 and has not returned. Feguson has Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia and is considered an Endangered Missing Adult. He was last seen on May 9, 2015 around 5:30 p.m. in the Baymeadows Drive area and was wearing black sweat pants and white t-shirt. Police are searching areas in the vicinity of Ferguson's residence.
A Mattie's Call is being initiated through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Mattie's Call is an emergency missing alert for disabled or elderly persons. The alert is an investigative tool that can be activated by a local law enforcement agency.
Family members are concerned for Ferguson's safety due to his medical issues. Anyone having any information on the whereabouts of Ferguson should call 911 immediately or contact their local law enforcement agency and report the information they have.
As a reminder, persons that are considered missing, whether endangered (child, elderly, ill) or not, should be reported to local law enforcement authorities immediately. There is no "waiting period" or time that has to elapse before reporting someone missing. 
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