UPDATE: missing man found
CHICKASHA, Okla. – A Chickasha family was in a race against the clock, searching for a missing Grady County man who suffers from Alzheimer’s.
Allen Byfield, 74, disappeared on Tuesday.
His daughter, Ronda Murry, began noticing signs of Alzheimer’s when he kept asking the same questions repeatedly.
According to the Grady County Sheriff, Byfield was found about 2 a.m. Friday.
“Allen Byfield has been located. He is well and is with his family.” said Sheriff Jim Weir.
She said he may be heading toward Lawton or Texas.
She worries he’ll run out of gas and be exposed to the outside elements, not knowing where to go.
Thursday afternoon, C&R Print Shop in Chickasha made hundreds of free color copies of a Silver Alert flyer for Murry.
Murry is grateful for their help but saddened at the same time by what’s on the flyer.
“Very painful,” she said. “We’ve got to find him.”
Murry moved her father to Chickasha from the Muskogee area last June because of his health.
He’s in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and Murry now realizes the pain it brings families.
Byfield left her house on Tuesday in his dark gray Dodge pickup truck to get gas and she hasn’t seen him since.
“You can’t sleep, you can’t eat; you worry,” Murry said. “I don’t want to sleep because I don’t know if he’s sleeping.”
Byfield has his Yorkshire Terrier, named Barney, with him.
However, he does not have his Alzheimer’s medication.
“I know he’s not renting a motel,” Murry said. “He’s in his truck so I know he’s not warm at night. I can’t go to bed knowing he’s out there. I need him home. I just need him home.”
But there are signs of hope.
A worker on Highway 19, four miles west of the Caddo County/Grady County line, told authorities a man in a gray pickup pulled over to ask him for directions to Chickasha.
Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir said if he’s found, “it may be hard on them, but I would take their driving privileges away from them.”
“Take the keys and hide them,” Weir said. “Sometimes you have to do it.”
“He may not be real happy with me but he don’t need to drive anymore,” Murry said.
- Byfield is 74 years old, 5-foot-10, weighing 230 pounds.
- He’s wearing a gray ballcap, blue jeans and a flannel long-sleeve shirt.
- His Yorkie dog is named “Barney,” which he loves to take for walks.
- He’s driving a 2006 dark gray, four-door Dodge pickup.
- The back driver’s side tail light is out and the pickup has a diamond plate toolbox in the back.
- His tag number is 819-GZR.
Sheriff Weir said he may have also been spotted at a McDonald’s in Elgin and a convenience store in Cyril.
That indicates he may be heading southwest toward Lawton.
Byfield also has two bobble head dogs on each side of his dashboard.
Call 911 if you think you’ve seen him.