Thursday, June 28, 2007

Man suffering dementia reported missing in Valley Center

VALLEY CENTER -- A man suffering from dementia and aphasia -- or speech and comprehension impairment -- remained missing Wednesday night more than 16 hours after he disappeared from a Valley Center home, authorities said.

Michael Burt Day, a 63-year-old man visiting from Tucson, was last seen at about 5 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 14000 block of Sturnella Way, sheriff's Sgt. Mark Moreno said. Day was reported missing about four and a half hours later, and sheriff's search and rescue personnel were subsequently called in, he said.

A search was under way as of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff's Lt. Sylvester Washington said.

Day is described as a white man with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5-foot-6 and weighs 180 pounds, and was last seen wearing white shorts, a khaki jacket, a blue baseball hat and white tennis shoes with black stripes.

Day's only means of transportation is on foot or by public transit, Moreno said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's communication center at (858) 565-5200.