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The search continues for a missing Ripton man

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RIPTON, Vt. -

His family and friends are pleading for your help to bring the Vermont grandfather home.

His name is James Daignault -- his friends and family, call him Jim.

"He reaches out and helps and tries to be the father I didn't have and other people we know didn't have. He'd give his shirt off his back," Ed Sourdiff, who was raised Daignault, said.

Police say the 6'1", 270 pound man was last seen Saturday after meeting up with two friends to get a Thanksgiving turkey at the Burlington food shelf. They told police they dropped him off that afternoon at the Middlesex Park and Ride.

"He informed them because he had a car full of food, he wanted to get home as soon as possible. The route he would have taken would have been Route 100 out of Middlesex to (Route) 125 to his house," John Pickering, Daignault's friend, said.

But Daignault never made it home. Vermont State Police -- and his friends -- have searched for him by air. Others drove halfway across the country scouring back roads and waterways to find him.

"I drove 500 miles to get here to look for him. He's got an extensive family and he's close with all of his grandchildren. He would have called on the holidays," Tim Gerry, Daignault's friend, said.

His friends say he's disappeared before, but only for a day at a time, and he always checks-in. Daignault has gout, diabetes, and walks with a limp.

Friends say before he went to the food shelf he got into a fight with his girlfriend -- leaving his cell phone and insulin at home. His loved ones do not believe he's suicidal but get more worried with every passing minute.

"He's not just hiding out somewhere playing hooky from his life for a couple days. He would have turned up by now," Gerry said.

Daignault is believed to be driving a dented up 2001 maroon Plymouth Neon with Vermont license plate F-M-M-5-5-1.

"If you see the car in a pull off, off the side of the road by chance, you see it parked in a parking lot, call the police do whatever you can to help us find Jim," Gerry said.

If you've seen James Daignault -- or his vehicle -- you're urged to call Vermont State Police.

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