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Missing Man: Charles Kenneth Lawson - GA - 06/06/2013

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Name: Charles Lawson




Alias: Charlie or Pop
Date of Birth: 12/06/1936
Date Missing: 06/06/2013
Age at time of disappearance: 76
City Missing From: Greensboro/Union Point
State Missing From: Georgia
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 5 ft 9in
Weight: 140-150 lbs
Hair Color: Gray
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Tan

Identifying Characteristics: He wears eyeglasses.

Clothing: He was last seen wearing a red long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, black Velcro tennis shoes, and a black baseball cap with the Toyota Logo.

Jewelry: He has a silver wrist watch.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Charles was last seen at 3661 Union Point Highway, Greensboro, Georgia. He did not take any possessions.

Medical Conditions: He suffers from Parkinson's, has Dementia, and High Blood Pressure.

Investigative Agency: Greene County Sheriff's Office
Agency Phone: (706) 453-3351


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Knoxville family of missing man fear the worst

Posted: Jun 09, 2013 3:19 PM EDT


6 News Reporter

GREENSBORO, Ga. (WATE) – The Greene County Sheriff's Office in Georgia says a 76-year-old man has been missing since Thursday.

Authorities believe Charles Kenneth Lawson might have been on his way to Knoxville to see family.

Lawson suffers from Alzheimer's disease and dementia, according to Capt. Ron Thurmond.

Lawson was last seen walking out of his home, where he lived with one of his daughters in Union Point, Georgia in Union County.

Members of his family spoke to 6 News about his disappearance.

Lawson was born in Rockwood and lived in Knoxville with his wife and family before moving to Georgia. 

For years, Lawson's daughter Karen Botkins says her father battled Alzheimer's, and had constantly spoke about returning home one day. 

"He keeps saying he wants to go home, and we can't figure out where home is," Botkins said.

Lawson lived with his family at a home on Park Hill Circle in West Hills before moving to Georgia in 1980. 

Lawson's wife died in 2011 and is buried at Highland Memorial Cemetery in West Knoxville.

The couple had three sons and two daughters. 

Botkins and other family members say Lawson's condition went downhill rapidly after his wife's death, and they wonder if he physically could have made it to Knoxville.

Knoxville is located 270 miles from Union Point, Ga. 

Bad storms rumbled through Georgia during the four day search period, and on one occasion-- the search was called off. 

"Nobody wants to believe it, because he is getting up there, and he has a big touch of Alzheimer's," said Dorothy Allen, Lawson's sister.

Allen is an East Knoxville resident. She fears the worst for what could have happened to her brother.

"I think he's laying down in the swamps dead, because that night a bad storm came through there, and they had to call off the search because of it, as frail as he was, he couldn't have survived that," said Allen.

To make matters worse, Charles Lawson wore a tracking device that many Alzheimer's patients wear. The family says he took it off on the day of his disappearance.

"It's like he knew what it was at the time, and he took it off," said Botkins.

Authorities released the following description of the man: 5' 09", 150 pounds, white, thin build, brown eyes, and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a red long-sleeve shirt with blue jeans, black shoes, black baseball cap with a Toyota Logo, and silver wristwatch.

He has dark skin and is part Cherokee. 

If you have any information, contact the Greene County Sheriff's Office at (706) 453-3351.

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Dozens search for missing man

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:40 am

Billy W. Hobbs

UNION POINT – Without Charlie Lawson, nothing is the same.

That’s how one family member describes some of the pain she and others are experiencing since their loved one has become a missing person.

“It’s horrible to go home,” lamented Greene County Tax Commissioner Candice Lawson, whose father-in-law has become the subject of a widespread search stretching from Atlanta to Augusta during the past seven days. “It’s really quiet at our home. It just doesn’t seem real.”

Unfortunately for the Lawson family, it’s all too real.

And perhaps no one knows that any better than her husband, Eddie, one of the missing man’s sons, and his siblings.

“It’s real difficult for him and the rest of our family right now,” Candice Lawson said in a telephone interview. “This has devastated our family. It’s so hard when you don’t know what happened to a member of your family or where they are.”

Her 76-year-old father-in-law wandered away from the home of his daughter, Becky Smith, and her husband, David, about 2 p.m. last Thursday, and there has only been one reported sighting of him since.

Immediately after he wandered away from the home, located between Greensboro and Union Point off U.S. Highway 278, family members began frantically searching for him. When they couldn’t find him after about an hour, they called Greene County E-911 for help.

The telephone call led to an intensified search organized by Greene County Emergency Management Agency Director Byron Lombard.

Help came from firefighters/first responders with Greensboro Fire Rescue, Union Point Fire Rescue, Siloam Fire Rescue and Old Salem Fire Rescue, as well as a host of deputies and officials with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. Others involved in the search for the missing man included personnel with the Greene County Emergency Medical Services and community volunteers.

The search party also included a host of rangers from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division from several counties, as well as troopers with the Georgia State Patrol post in Madison.

In a drenching rainstorm, which began on that afternoon and lingered throughout the night, searchers used all-terrain vehicles to conduct woods searches for Charlie Lawson, whom some knew simply as Charles. Some of the searchers, meanwhile, walked wooded areas near Becky and David Smith’s home, with one goal in mind—finding the missing man, who suffers from dementia and also has Parkinson’s disease and high blood pressure.

The search continued all night and through the daylight hours of last Friday. It included intensified ground and air searches, which involved helicopters from the Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Law Enforcement Division.

“We flew all around the area and didn’t see him anywhere we looked,” Sheriff Chris Houston said. “I wish we could find him.”

Lombard echoed those sentiments, saying he, too, hopes for a successful outcome.

Two different dog teams, one from Henry County and the other from the Georgia Department of Corrections, also were used in the search. Wet grounds hampered their efforts, Lombard said.

Again, efforts by the searchers proved unsuccessful. Even so, it hasn’t deterred family members and other community members, including several area volunteer firefighters from continuing to search wooded areas and nearby roads that surround the home from which Charlie Lawson went missing.

Authorities have speculated that the missing man might have caught a ride from someone while walking along the highway, which many years ago, before Interstate 20 was built, served as the main connector for motorists between Atlanta and Augusta. As of Wednesday morning, however, authorities still didn’t know for sure.

“We’ve asked for help from print media and television stations in the Atlanta and Augusta areas to help us find Mr. Lawson,” Lombard said.

Greene County Public Information Officer Chris Edwards said even newspapers in the Knoxville, Tenn. area have aided in trying to find Charlie Lawson, who lived and worked there for many years. He worked at the Chipman-Union plant in Knoxville, before he was transferred to the plant in Union Point in the mid-1970s, Candice Lawson said.

“It has been overwhelming to see this outpouring of concern by our community for our family,” Candice Lawson said. “It really makes our hearts feel good to know that so many people care.”

She thanked all of those who have done everything they could to try to find Charlie Lawson.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the missing man should call 911.

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Missing, Wandering Alzheimer's Patients A Growing Concern

Posted: 07/26/2013 8:48 am EDT  |  Updated: 07/26/2013 8:48 am EDT
By David Lohr

In some cities, there are so many homeless people wandering the streets that others barely notice anymore.

But while mental illness is frequently to blame for their situations, those suffering specifically from Alzheimer's disease may wander without knowing why they are there or where they've come from.

It's an unfortunately common problem for people with Alzheimer's to end up lost. But those who then vanish without a trace -– the people who cannot be located and are often never found –- constitute a rapidly growing crisis looming on the horizon for baby boomers and their loved ones.

"There should be more awareness," Darolyn Fagg told HuffPost. "When a patient is diagnosed, a doctor's office should be more proactive in sharing information about the available resources. We had no idea until my mother went missing."

Fagg's mother, Hellen Cook, 72, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2009. Her symptoms worsened and her ability to speak significantly diminished over time, according to her daughter.

Cook was last seen on July 13, near Warsaw, Mo., a small city about 100 miles southeast of Kansas City.

Cook and Fagg's father, Howard Cook, were at their second home in rural Benton County when she disappeared. Howard Cook said his wife of 51 years was sitting on a porch swing when he went to put his lawn mower away. When he returned, she was gone.

Despite multiple searches, Hellen Cook has never been found.

"These things can happen any given time. All it takes is a caregiver who's working really hard, to turn around for a second and the person can wander," said Beth Kallmyer, vice president of constituent services at the Alzheimer's Association.

Alzheimer's disease is fueling an increase in missing person cases worldwide and, without a cure, the problem could reach epidemic proportions by the year 2050. The disease, the most common form of dementia, is gradual, unbeatable so far and ultimately fatal. It afflicts 1 in 9 people older than 65, and according to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 6 of every 10 people with dementia will wander -- and some never to be found.

The growing number of reported cases has not gone unnoticed by organizations committed to raising awareness about missing persons. "I've seen a steady increase in our own cases in the past five years," Kelly Murphy, founder of the Omaha, Nebraska-based Project Jason, told The Huffington Post.

Project Jason offers resources to families of the missing and has successfully organized grassroots efforts to pass missing-persons legislation. Murphy started Project Jason after her son, Jason Jolkowski, disappeared in June 2001. He is still missing.

"There's approximately 125,000 search-and-rescue missions where volunteer teams are deployed ... for missing Alzheimer's patients every year," said Kimberly Kelly, founder and director of Project Far From Home, an Alzheimer's education program designed for law enforcement and search and rescue personnel.

The estimated number of reported cases is conservative, because not every department contributes to the reports, she said.

"With 5.5 million people with the disease, and 70 percent wandering away at least once, you can do the math," she said. "Even [if] it is a 10-minute wandering episode versus a 10-day episode, you're still looking at potentially 3 million people who would be walking away any given year. It's huge."

For many families, a lack of education about the disease fuels the problem.

Patricia Bryan has been looking for her father, Kenneth Lawson, since June 6. The 76-year-old was last seen at his home in Union Point, Ga. A number of exhaustive searches has been conducted, all to no avail.

"We have had no leads on the whereabouts of my father," Bryan said. "He was not always in a state of confusion. He would have moments were he would check out or not know where he was, but this was not all the time. Up till my father went missing, I didn't realize just how many people with dementia and Alzheimer's went missing on a daily basis. The media does not do them justice."

With each day, the odds of finding any missing person decrease, but when the missing person suffers from an impairment, the odds are worse. Alzheimer's patients do not wander without an actual cause; very few have hallucinations. They typically are going somewhere, looking for something, and don't actually consider themselves lost, so they don't reach out for help. The environment also can play a pivotal role

"In Virginia, if an Alzheimer's patient is not found in 24 hours, about 46 percent are found dead. In Nova Scotia, the mortality rate is 70 percent. In parts of California, we've never recovered a live Alzheimer's patient after 24 hours," Kelly said.

And it's a problem that will continue to grow. Unless a cure is found, an estimated 16.5 million people will suffer from Alzheimer's by the year 2050.

"In the next 20 years, it's going to bloom because of the baby boomer population," said Amanda Burstein, project manager of Alzheimer's Initiatives for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. "That, in tandem with people using alert system's, we'll be seeing it more and it will be happening more because there are more of us at risk for it."

Earlier in 2013, the Obama administration dedicated an additional $100 million within President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget to the fight against Alzheimer's. A "National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease" was also implemented. The goal is to prevent and effectively treat the disease by 2025.

The success of the president’s initiative is difficult to predict. In the interim, better education for the families of Alzheimer's patients and members of law enforcement could help curb the problem.

"If someone does go missing, you need to call 911 immediately," said Kallmyer. "It's not a situation where you wait 24 hours, because they are vulnerable and can't necessarily find their way home or take care of themselves. It's always an emergency."

Thirty-two states in the United States have some form of public notification system -- sometimes referred to as a Silver Alert -- to broadcast information about missing seniors with Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other mental disabilities. The guidelines are governed on a state-by-state basis. The goal is to have an alert system in every state, but that has not been easy, according to Kelly, who said some of the opponents are members of abducted children's groups.

"They are afraid that equipment would be utilized for Silver Alerts and the [public's] attention would be diluted for Amber Alerts," she said. "The problem with that is that we're starting to see even more cases where you have an elderly grandparent who has custody of grandchildren. You see cases where grandma is going to take a baby for a walk and doesn't come back."

J. Todd Matthews, southeast regional director of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, which was created by the U.S. Department of Justice, said he is seeing an increase in general in missing persons cases.

Alzheimer's is a defining disease of a rapidly aging population and knowledge is key, he said.

"I think we will be very wise to put great thought into this issue as soon as possible," he said. "The population is growing and so will this issue without efforts to prevent it. Awareness is the first step. It's an investment in our own potential future. How would you want to be treated if it were you? It very well might be one day."

For more information on the disease or to learn how you can take steps to help prevent a loved one from wandering, call the Alzheimer's Association free 24-hour hotline at 800-272-3900.

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Charles Kenneth Lawson


MISSING SINCE: June 06, 2013
LAST SEEN: Union Point, Georgia
SEX: Male
HEIGHT: 67.0 to 69.0 in
WEIGHT: 140.0 to 150.0 lbs
EYES: Brown
HAIR: Gray or Partially Gray



Cap similar to the one Mr. Lawson was wearing.

Contact Greene County Sheriff's Office at (706) 453-3351 x313 with information.

Case #: 13-06-072 NamUs MP #: 20736

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Family holds out hope in search for missing Greene County man

By Erin Coleman



It's been nearly 7 months since a Greene County grandfather disappeared with his family praying he'd return in time for Christmas.

Charles Lawson's family is a big one and they say there's a huge hole in it, ever since he disappeared.

"It was just one of those days where he decided he wanted to get up and walk and he never did come back," son-in-law David Smith said.

That was June 6 2013. He was sitting outside his daughter's home on Union Point Highway in Greene County. It was the last place his family saw him.

"He'd sit out here and just wave at everybody. He's been in this community for what over 30 years," daughter Rebecca Smith said.

Going through the holidays without him, they say, was probably the hardest part.

"He'd do anything for anybody. He's got grandkids, great grandchildren and he's missing all of that," Rebecca Smith said.

Back in June, hundreds of deputies, police and volunteers searched for Lawson but found nothing. And they've been searching ever since.

"Just a complete vanish. There's nothing no physical evidence, no articles of clothing, nothing on his person, no leads, no sightings, nothing," David Smith said.

"(We) don't know where to turn, just don't have a clue," son-in-law Jason Bryan said.

A Greene County sheriff's deputy told Channel 2's Erin Coleman they have used all of their resources, exhausted all of their leads, but this is still an active investigation and they are desperately looking for help from the public.

"If you picked him up anybody picked him up or seen the least little thing on June 6 at 2:06 p.m., tell us. I don't care what it was," said daughter Patricia Bryan.

"We've had his 77 birthday, Christmas and now the new year. We just need something," Rebecca Smith said.

Something, anything while they hold out hope that he comes home.

"He's going to show up, he's going to walk in," Patricia Bryan said.

"Until we've got something to put our arms around, there will always be hope," David Smith said.

The family has also set up a Facebook page to help generate leads called "Find Charles Lawson."

If you have any information on where he might be, investigators ask that you call the Greene County Sheriff's Office at 706-453-3351.

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ProjectJason10-14poster.jpg and invite you to take a look at the faces of the missing pictured below. As truck drivers, you see many new people each day. Do any of these faces look familiar? If so, we ask that you take a moment of your time to call the appropriate law enforcement agency. We ask that you do not take direct action and thank you for your time.  You may be the reason a loving family is reunited with their missing.

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Date Missing: 02/04/2013
Age at time of disappearance: 21
City Missing From: Pueblo
State Missing From: Colorado
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 120 Lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Hair (other): Long
Eye Color: Hazel
Complexion: Tan
Kelsie was 8 weeks pregnant at the time of her disappearance in February 2013. If you have any information that may help reunite Kelsie with her family, please contact the Pueblo Colorado Police Department at (719) 553-2470. Reference Investigative Case #: 13-2755.
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Race: Hispanic
Hair: Black
Eyes: Black
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Weight: 41lbs (19kg)
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Date of Birth: 04/24/1991
Date Missing: 07/29/2012
Age at time of disappearance: 21
City Missing From: Palmyra
State Missing From: PA
Gender Female
Race: White
Height: 5 ft 8 in
Weight: 115 lbs
Hair Color: Blonde
Hair (other): May wear hair in dreadlocks
Eye Color: Green
Complexion: Light
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Date of Birth: 10/29/1961
Date Missing: 05/28/2013
Age at time of disappearance: 51
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State Missing From: CA
Gender: Male
Race: Caucasian
Height: 6 ft 5 in
Weight: 190 lbs
Hair Color: Dirty Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Complexion: Clear
Erik wears glasses, has a broken upper front tooth, and has artificial hips on both the right and left sides. If you have any information regarding Erik's disappearance, please call the Mendocino County California Sheriff's Department at (707) 463-4086.
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Date of Birth: 02/03/1994
Date Missing: 04/26/2010
Age at time of disappearance: 16
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State Missing From: Texas
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 5 ft 2 in
Weight: 145 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Hair (other): Dyed auburn
Eye Color: Hazel: blue/grey
Complexion: Fair
Recent investigative reports indicate Ali may be in the Columbus, OH area. Anyone with information about Ali's whereabouts is asked to call the Harris County Texas Sheriff's office at (713) 221-6000. Refer to Investigative Case #: 57351.




Alias: Charlie or Pop
Date of Birth: 12/06/1936
Date Missing: 06/06/2013
Age at time of disappearance: 76
City Missing From: Greensboro/Union Point
State Missing From: Georgia
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 5 ft 9in
Weight: 140-150 lbs
Hair Color: Gray
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Tan 

Charles suffers from Parkinson's disease, has dementia, and high blood pressure. If you have seen Charles, please call the Greene County Georgia Sheriff's Office at (706) 453-3351(706) 453-3351.

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Charles is still missing.


Greene County Sheriff's Office
Agency Phone: (706) 453-3351

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