STILLWATER, Okla. - The truck of a missing Stillwater man has been located, police confirmed Monday afternoon.
Donald Spurrier, 87, was last seen on November 20 while visiting his son at a Hobby Lobby on Perkins Road in Stillwater. Donald was believed to be driving a red 2004 Ford, F150 crew cab with the license plate number CLL-311.
Lieutenant Jeff Watts with the Stillwater Police Department said they located the truck Monday afternoon on a county road in Pawnee County with a body near it.
According to Watts, they cannot confirm with certainty that body located is Donald because he was not carrying identification; however, "there's no reason to believe it's not him." There were no signs of foul play.
Hours before the truck and body were found, News 4 spoke with Donald's daughter-in-law, Heather Spurrier. Ever since he was reported missing on November 28, she said the family had spent every waking moment searching for answers.
Donald lived with his wife, who Heather said has been living with memory issues.
"I can’t get an answer out of her. I don’t know if she thought - he was in the military their whole life, so I don’t know if maybe she thought he was on a deployment. Maybe she thought he went on a trip. Maybe she thinks he’s in the next room," Heather said.
Last Wednesday, her husband received a phone call from Donald's housekeeper.
"She said, no, you don’t know, understand. I don’t think he’s been here all week," Heather said.
His family immediately contacted police.
Donald was considered a missing and endangered person; however, his family had hoped his missing status could upped as a Silver Alert.
Prior to Monday's discovery, Watts told News 4 the difference between Silver Alerts and "missing and endangered" cases is broader media attention such as billboards.
"There’s certain areas we have discretion in but, Amber Alerts and Silver Alerts, it has to meet the requirements that are federally mandated and mandated by the state," Watts said. "His doctors said he does not have a diagnosis of dementia or another cognitive impairment that would meet that requirement."
In order for a Silver Alert to be issued, all three criteria must be met:
- Must be 60 or older
- Whereabouts must be unknown
- Documented dementia or some other cognitive impairment
Family has been notified.