Police and their K-9 combed through tall grass behind James Marrs' mobile home off Roosevelt Highway in Colchester Thursday, searching for any signs of the 66-year-old.
"This is the next step. To start ruling out areas, we're starting with areas that are close by he's known to walk. He likes to walk places, he didn't drive," said Corporal Mike Ackerlind of the Colchester Police Department.
Marrs was last seen Tuesday. He has no family in the area and police aren't sure where he may have gone. Police say Marrs wandered away once before in May. They found him a mile from his home and gave him a ride back. Neighbors say he walks with the help of a cane and that his physical and mental health have been deteriorating.
"He may be confused and unaware of his surroundings and not be able to find his way back home if he is still moving or not know who he is or where he is," Ackerlind said.
Police say Marrs was last seen wearing dark pants and possibly a dark-colored sweater. He has gray hair, and at the time he disappeared he had a full beard. He is about 5'7" and weighs 170 pounds.
They say this isn't the first time he has gone missing, but their concerns are growing.
"As times go on, people suffer from dehydration. He's going to be exposed to the elements day and night," Ackerlind said.
Police say they have not yet ruled out foul play and may begin searching with the help of a National Guard helicopter in the coming days. If you have any information on Mr. Marrs' disappearance, contact your local police.
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