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Police search for missing Vt. man

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Lee Messimer Lee Messimer
WESTFORD, Vt. -

The search for a missing Westford man continues. Lee Messimer disappeared about a week ago, and police are now concerned for his safety. Police say Messimer, 61, was last seen Dec. 10. He may have trouble with memory issues due to a brain injury, and police say he has gone missing before.

Messimer is no stranger to residents in the town of Westford.

"When I'd leave work, if it was raining or even on nice days or hot days or cold days, it didn't matter, I'd stop and ask him if he wanted a ride home. More than often he'd say yes," said Nanette Rogers of Westford.

But it's been days since Messimer was last seen walking along Route 128.

"This is definitely the longest and it's very concerning," Rogers said.

Messimer disappeared Dec. 10. Vermont State Police say he's left home before, but never for more than two days at a time. In the past, he's been found in Essex and St. Albans.

This time, police say Messimer was last seen wearing a green jacket with blue sweatpants and black boots.

"We haven't had any contact with him. That in relation to the past couple of days where it's been below zero and what we know of him to be wearing, we're starting to get a little bit concerned," Vt. State Police Sgt. Lance Burnham said.

As the search for Messimer continues, police say they don't believe his disappearance is suspicious, but for procedural purposes, the case has been turned over to the criminal division.

"We're treating him more of a welfare check at this point. After a period of time if we have no contact with him we'll probably classify him as a missing person," Burnham said.

Messimer lives with his brother in Westford. We stopped by to talk to him Wednesday, but were told he was out looking for his brother.

Messimer is described as 5-feet 7-inches tall and he weighs about 170 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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