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Police in Pa. search for missing Baltimore man

September 21, 1999|By DON AINES

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police and firefighters searched a remote area of Franklin County, Pa., Tuesday for a Baltimore, Md., man who has been missing for two weeks.

Garfield James Meekins, 80, was listed as a missing person by the Baltimore Police Department on Tuesday, Sept. 14, although his gold Honda Accord was found in Warren Township on Tuesday, Sept. 7, according to Trooper Michael Taylor. The missing person listing was not found until Monday when police were rechecking files on the vehicle, he said.

Meekins has Alzheimer's disease and a heart condition for which he takes medication, according to police. He is black, 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. When last seen he was wearing a multi-colored striped shirt, blue dress pants and dress shoes.

Police believe Meekins drove west on Interstate 70 from Baltimore and got off the highway near Clear Spring, Md. He then may have driven up Pa. 456 into the township. The car was found in a farmer's front yard on Fort Davis Road, according to the report.

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The farmer told police the car had been left there on the night of Sept. 6, but no one came to the door to ask for assistance, according to Taylor. He said there is no suspicion of foul play.

Mercersburg, Montgomery, Peters and Warren Fire Chief Nick Barbuzanes said about 20 firefighters were involved in Tuesday's search, along with about eight or 10 state police troopers and tracking dogs.

Taylor said firefighters from Clear Spring and McConnellsburg, Pa., participated in the search. The tracking dogs were from Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland.

Helicopters could not be used Tuesday to help with the search because of the weather, Taylor said. Barbuzanes said search teams would go out again this morning.

Anyone with information about Meekins may contact state police at 717-264-5161.

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