Greece Police searching for missing 89-year-old man

Updated: 12/24/2013 11:30 PM
Created: 12/24/2013 2:59 PM WHEC.com

Christmas Eve is supposed to be a day to relax and get some last minute shopping done, but that hasn't been the case for one family in Greece. They have spent the day worried sick about their loved one. Police say 89-year-old William Brodner has been missing since 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

He was last seen off of Latta Road-at the Fleming Point Retirement Homes. Officers led a massive search in the area, but he is still missing at this point.

News10NBC is told this has been a difficult search on Tuesday, especially because of the weather. Police have been searching for him for the last twelve hours at this point and even though they haven't found him yet, they refuse to give up.

Police describe William Brodner as an 89-year-old white male, about 6' tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He is believed to be wearing a tan waist length coat with brown fur around the collar and brown shoes.

Police say this is a very serious search and Brodner has dementia and may be in need of medical attention. He does not own a cell phone or a car and that's what's making it even more difficult for police to track him down.

Greece Police got the call around 11 a.m. from officials at the retirement home. Since then, they have joined forces with multiple agencies including State Police and surrounding fire departments. Search teams combed the area with K-9 units. They also wanted to search by State Police helicopter, but officials say the weather conditions would not allow them to.

The snow itself did cause some headaches for investigators, as they went through the surrounding neighborhoods checking every backyard.

Lt. Patrick Welch, Greece Police, says, "We can find him at any point. We're hopeful that occurs and at this point we're going to continue the search and we're optimistic we're going to find him."

Police have made an official post on the New York State Missing Person Alert System. They said they are exploring all options at this point. However, searching for the day has concluded and will resume Wednesday morning. If you have any information about his whereabouts you are urged to call police immediately.


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