Riverside County Sheriff deputies are actively searching for an elderly man who went missing early Thursday morning.
76-year-old Robert Cricks went missing from the unincorporated area of Murrieta near near the intersection of Winchester Road and Murrieta Hot Springs Road since 2:42 a.m., according to a report on the Riverside County Sheriff’s department website.
Upon their arrival to the scene, deputies discovered that Cricks “waited in a running vehicle while his wife entered the restaurant.”
“Cricks’ wife observed him drive away on Winchester Road, towards the city of Temecula,” the press release states.
Cricks suffers from severe dementia, and was not in possession of a cellular telephone or financial means.
“Cricks’ wife believes he is unfamiliar with the area, and is unable to locate his own home or any other familiar destination,” the release states.
The vehicle that Cricks drove off in is described as a silver 2007 Infinity G35 sedan, with California disabled license plate “2304Y dp.”
“Mrs. Cricks retained the key fob for the vehicle when she entered the restaurant, and Robert Cricks would not have the ability to restart the car if it was turned off,” the release states.
Robert is described as a white male, 5’11” and 165 lbs, gray hair, blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black ball cap with military pins, a blue jacket, long sleeve blue shirt, and blue jeans.
Deputies are actively searching for leads regarding Mr. Cricks’ whereabouts. A “Silver Alert” has been issued through the California Highway Patrol, and the public is requested to immediately contact law enforcement if they can provide relevant information.
Anyone with information can contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Southwest Station at (951) 696-3119.