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JPD still investigating 2018 disappearance of 78-year-old veteran

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - The Jacksonville Police Department is still investigating the disappearance of a 78-year-old veteran who apparently walked away from his home on May 31, 2018.

The police issued a Silver Alert for James Wilson Jr. after he apparently walked away from his home in the Country Club area.

Police said Wilson appears to be suffering from dementia.

Wilson is described as a black male with gray hair and brown eyes, approximately 5'11 and 196lbs.

According to the police, he has family in Georgia, South Carolina, and Michigan.

“During the investigation, we learned that Mr. Wilson may have hitch-hiked in the past," said the Supervisor of the Criminal Investigative Division, Sgt. Mark Ketchum. "We ask that anyone who may have picked up someone matching Mr. Wilson’s description to please give us a call. Although eight months have passed, we continue to ask for assistance from the public in this case.  No piece of information is too small and each and every tip is being investigated.”  

If you have any information contact the 911 or Detective Vincent Waddell at 910-938-6408.

 

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Police are still investigating the disappearance of a 78-year-old veteran who apparently walked away from his home in Jacksonville on May 31.

The Jacksonville Police Department said a Silver Alert was issued for James Wilson Jr., who apparently walked away from his home located in the Country Road area.

“We have received dozens of tips, primarily phone calls where people believe they may have seen Mr. Wilson," said Investigations Supervisor, Captain Ashley Weaver. "Each and every tip and lead is being investigated."

Wilson suffers from dementia, police said.

He is described as a black male with gray hair and brown eyes, approximately 5'11 and 196 pounds.

Police have asked residents to check infrequently used buildings on their property such as storage sheds.

“During the investigation, we learned that Mr. Wilson may have hitch-hiked in the past," said Weaver. "We ask that anyone who may have picked up someone matching Mr. Wilson’s description to please give us a call.” 

If you have any information contact 911 or the JPD Detective Vincent Waddell at 910-938-6408.

 

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The Jacksonville Police Department is still looking for a 78-year old veteran who they said apparently walk away from his home in the Country Club Road area.

“We are asking residents to check infrequently used outbuildings on their property such as storage sheds, particularly buildings that may not be used daily,” said Chief Mike Yaniero, Director of Public Safety.

Wilson is believed to be suffering from dementia and sometimes believes that he is still on active duty and frequents locations in the Jacksonville area, police said.

He is described as a black male with gray hair and brown eyes, approximately 5'11 inches and weighs 196 pounds. 

Jacksonville police along with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office K-9 services are searching wooded areas.

The Jacksonville Public Safety Water Rescue Team is assisting in searching waterways and the N.C. State Highway Patrol helicopter is assisting with the search.

Anyone with information contact the Jacksonville Police Department at 910-455-4000.

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The Jacksonville Police Department is trying to help a family find their father who is missing since Thursday.

James Wilson, 78, was last seen near the County Club area in Jacksonville.

Wilson is described as black male, approximately 5’11, 196 lbs., gray hair and brown eyes.

Wilson is believed to be suffering from dementia and might attempt to make it to one of the bases, as he believes he is still on active duty.

Jacksonville police said that if you have any information contact any law enforcement agency or 911.


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