Update: Missing Alzheimer's patient found safe

Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 9:25 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 9:25 a.m.

(Update posted at 1 p.m.) The Alachua County Sheriff's Office reports that Billy Sunday Faison, 72, who was reported missing, has been found safe and sound.

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An Alzheimer's patient with a history of walking long distances alone has disappeared from his home in Hawthorne.

Billy Sunday Faison, 72, was last seen on Southeast 221st Street in Hawthorne around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. Previously Faison walked south on U.S. 301 as far as Citra and has also turned up in Northwest Gainesville at the homes of people who did not know him.

When he left home, Faison was wearing jeans so light they were almost white, a burgundy polo shirt and a gray baseball cap with "NY" on it.

To search for Faison, deputies sent out a phone messages to residents within a five mile radius of Hawthorne. Sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey said an alert was sent to area law enforcement agencies, including those in Marion and Putnam counties. A search by air and a check at area hospitals also turned up no signs of Faison.

Anyone who may have spotted Faison is asked to call the Combined Communications Center at 955-1818.

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