Police ask for public help

The Charleston Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a 73-year-old Ridgeville man missing since Wednesday.

James Gethers Jr. of 918 Clubhouse Drive was last seen sleeping on the waiting room sofa at the Charleston Pain Center at 1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Gethers' son had an appointment and brought his father with him. Gethers, who suffers from advanced Alzheimer's and diabetes, disappeared during his son's appointment.

Charleston Police Sgt. Sherry Niblock said it's likely Gethers cannot remember his phone number or address.

No one saw Gethers leave the office. A dog picked up his scent Thursday but lost it in the street, leading investigators to think Gethers might have hitched a ride.

On Saturday, eight search-and-rescue dogs were searching the area where Gethers was last seen.

Niblock said she has received few tips. Charleston police immediately sent a missing person alert to homes and businesses within a five-mile radius through a reverse 911 system. One person called at 8 p.m. Friday and said they thought they saw Gethers at Durham Place and Campion Hall Road.

Gethers is described as a black male, 135 pounds and 5 feet 6 inches tall. He was last wearing a burgundy-and-white-striped short-sleeve shirt, navy blue pants and brown shoes. Anyone with information on Gethers should call the Charleston Police Department at 577-7434.