Search for missing Minnetonka man goes statewide

On the morning of Monday, Feb. 27, Gerald Maloney, 81, of Minnetonka was supposed to bring his car to Lupient Buick GMC in Golden Valley.

But, he never made it to his destination.

Minnetonka police have been searching for him ever since.

"What we've done to locate Gerald is we put out notifications through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension," said Capt. Scott Boerboom of the Minnetonka Police Department. "They send out notifications to all the hotels, motels, service stations, any places that have a public interest."

Despite all those measures, they still have no leads.

"He's got a limited amount of cash on his person," Boerboom added. "He has no cell phone."

Police say Maloney was driving a gold 2007 Buick lucerne with Minnesota license plate ULY-724. But what complicates matters is that Maloney has an early onset of memory loss.

"It does happen occasionally throughout the year," Boerboom said, referring to people with memory loss wandering off. "Sometimes it's just a day or two, and this one is taking a little longer."

Meantime, officials from the Alzheimer's Association say Maloney's behavior is common among people with dementia.

"Oftentimes, people with dementia, they are intending to go somewhere, they actually have a destination in mind, and then because of the disease process with their memory loss, they get confused and don't realize where they are," said Annette Peterson, an information helpline coordinator with the Alzheimer's Association.

And Peterson says that the longer Maloney is missing, the greater the risk factors.

"You wonder how far maybe they've gotten and whether or not they have the ability yet to be sure that they get the food that they need, the shelter that they need," she said.

Still, both the Alzheimer's Association and Minnetonka police say there's reason to remain hopeful.

"We just need the help of people who are out and about to help us try and locate Gerald," Capt. Boerboom said.

There are resources available through the Alzheimer's Association for people who have family members with dementia. People can find more information about that by clicking here.

Anyone who may have seen Maloney is encouraged to call the Minnetonka Police Dept. at 952-939-8500.

Delane Cleveland, reporting 

Thursday, March 01, 2012






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