Search continues for missing Greece man
By Melissa Daniels, staff writer
Posted Oct 25, 2011 @ 11:33 AM
At least 10 local and state agencies are searching this morning for a missing Greece man who was last seen around 9 a.m. on Monday.
Donald Grim, 76, who lives with relatives on North Drive, would typically go for a walk every morning in the Edgemere neighborhood, would typically park his car out by Long Pond Road, but yesterday morning, he left on foot and didn't return.
Grim has white beard and mustache, blue eyes and brown hair.
He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black hat and gloves, and carrying a walking stick.
Cpt. Steve Chatterton of the Greece Police Department said the search was suspended around midnight last night, then resumed this morning, after police were notified of Grim's disappearance around 8 p.m.
Today, the search party includes officers from the New York State Police, the New York State Park Police, Lakeshore Fire Department, Hilton Fire Department, North Greece Fire Department, Border Patrol, Greece Special Police, Massasauga Search and Rescue, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The search is primarily taking place along the trails by Long Pond Road in north Greece, using ATVs and a GPS mapping system to keep track of searched grounds. Chatterton said Border Patrol has employed the use of a helicopter, which was seen hovering the Edgemere neighborhood around 11 a.m.
The headquarters is the Lakeshore Fire Department.
Earlier police believed Grim may have a handgun on him, but Chatterton says police have eliminated that possibility.
Cases of the elderly who have gone missing prompted state legislation earlier this year that was enacetd by Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday. Created to focus on those who have cognitive impairments, the Missing Adults Alert System uses the same resources as the Amber Alert for missing children, and issues a statewide notification that includes distribution of posters, a toll-free twenty-four hour hotline, and partnerships with local broadcasters for quick dissemination of information.
According to state data, 95 percent of people who go missing because they suffer from a cognitive impairment are found within a quarter mile from their home or the place where they were last seen.