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September 29, 2012

Search for missing man continues

BELLAIRE — Antrim County authorities will search by air this weekend for a missing elderly man who vanished two weeks ago.

Leads in the case of Winston Gordon, 84, have dried up, Antrim County Sheriff Daniel Bean said Friday. The lack of new information prompted the air search this weekend. Details of the flight were still being worked out Friday afternoon, Bean said.

"I imagine it will be a couple counties we fly over," Bean said. "We don't know what else to do at this point. We are hoping for the best."

Gordon left his Bellaire home the morning of Sept. 13. He often drove to secluded spots to take a walk.

He was last seen at the Mutual Service Station at South Airport and Garfield roads in the Traverse City area. Gordon spoke with a man there and asked for directions back to M-72 East toward Kalkaska. He told the man he went for a drive and lost his way.

He was given directions to head north on Garfield Road and turn east on M-72.

No one has seen or heard from him since.

Gordon is diabetic and has a pacemaker, and he left with a limited supply of oxygen in a tank. Bean asked northern Michigan residents to be on the lookout for both Gordon and his vehicle — a 1996 Oldsmobile Ciera, license plate BYP 3957.

"The car is the big identifier," Bean said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Antrim County Sheriff's Department at (231) 533-8627.

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