FARGO — Authorities continued searching Monday, Oct. 5, for an 80-year-old man who was reported missing last week after police say he walked away from a memory care facility.
Robert McKinnon was last seen about 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the 4500 block of 36th Avenue South in southwestern Fargo.
In a Facebook post providing an update on the search Monday, police said they are following up on leads and re-checking key areas.
In response to questions regarding why a public search has not been organized, police said they have held off taking that step because they do not have definitive information as to which direction McKinnon went after leaving his facility.
"A thorough ground search was already conducted within a 4-square mile area around the care facility and we are rechecking spots as needed," the post said. "We are asking community members to check their properties, including garages, sheds, vehicles, campers, and outbuildings ... even if you live within the area where we have completed a grid search."
Police are also asking anyone with personal security cameras or doorbell cameras to review any footage they may have to see if McKinnon shows up in any of the videos.
Anyone with possible information as to McKinnon's whereabouts is asked to call the department's tip line at 701-241-5777. Members of the public who believe they may have seen him are asked to call 911 immediately.
At one point in the search for McKinnon, police said he might have been spotted in video from the Love's Travel Stop on 32nd Avenue South near Interstate 29. It has since been determined the individual in the video was likely someone else.
McKinnon has dementia but knows his name and is capable of answering questions, according to Fargo police.
McKinnon has mobility issues and may not recognize where he is, police said, adding he has no access to a vehicle.
McKinnon is 5-foot-7, with gray hair, hazel eyes, glasses and a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black John Deere hat, blue jeans and black and gray plaid shirt.