YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Authorities have broadened their search for a dementia-stricken, 83-year-old Paterson man whose family said they last saw him before dawn on Sunday.
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Family members reported Lucius Gardner missing to Paterson police at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, six hours after they said they last saw him.
Today, New Jersey State Police issued an alert for Gardner, who is described as 5-foot-9 and 155 pounds, with brown eyes and gray hair. They also said he has a 3-inch burn scar on his lef arm.
He was last seen wearing a gray sweater, blue jeans and white sneakers.
Besides dementia, Gardner has diabetes and high blood pressure.
He’s walked off before, police said, and was found near Broadway, at a McDonalds on Madison Avenue and at Lakeview Cemetery.
If you spot Gardner, please immediately call Paterson police: (973) 321-1111 or the NJSP Missing Persons Unit: (800) 709-7090.