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Missing Person Alert: Elderly Man Was Headed to Sarasota Memorial Hospital

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating an elderly man who was reportedly headed Saturday morning to Sarasota Memorial Hospital but had not yet arrived at the hospital.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating an elderly man who was reportedly headed Saturday morning to Sarasota Memorial Hospital but never showed up, authorities report.

Derwood Robert Bessler, 91, was last seen leaving his Roxanne Boulevard home around 8:30 a.m, May 11. He had not yet arrived at the hospital as of 10:30 a.m., the sheriff's office said.

The missing man, who may be reportedly suffering from dementia is described as 6-foot-1, 180 pounds with balding-gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen driving a "Robin's egg blue" Taurus with Florida Registration M987VN, authorities said.

Anyone who sees Bessler or his 2009 Ford Taurus is urged to contact their local law enforcement agency or the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office at (941) 316-1201.

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Kevin Provance May 12, 2013 at 02:35 AM
These severely old people have no business behind the wheel of a car. Just today one was driving the wrong way up a one way lane, and had the nerve to curse at ME for HIS mistake. This guy has lived long enough.
pennycharmane@aol.com May 12, 2013 at 05:23 PM
How dare you decide "This guy has lived long enough" This man is someones Husband, Father, Grandfather. I imagine his loved ones have been up all night trying to find him. You show no compassion for anyone. To his family you are all in my thoughts and prayers that he is found soon.

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