Update August 5, 2011: John Williams was found safely last night and has been reunited with his family, Jan Caldwell with the Sheriff reports.
August 4, 2011 (Lakeside) – San Diego Sheriff seeks public help to locate John Hollis Williams, 96. He was last seen at 2 p.m. yesterday when he left his home in Lakeside and was believed to be heading to one of several restaurants that he frequents daily in Lakeside, Santee, or El Cajon. A check with those restaurants indicates he never arrived. He also visits the beach areas on occasion and always wears a white cowboy hat.
Williams has medical conditions that require medication, and without such medication may become disoriented or delusional. He also becomes disoriented and lost while traveling during night hours. Williams uses hearing aids which were left behind, along with his medication. The family reports no known episodes of depression or family conflict.
He has extended family in Arizona and Oklahoma; they have been alerted of his disappearance. It is unknown if he could be traveling to those areas. Williams had only a small amount of cash on his person when he left home and it is unknown if he carries credit cards; he does use personal checks.
Williams, 96, is white with a light complexion, 5’6”, 200lbs, has white hair and is nearly balding. He has blue eyes, wire rimmed glasses, always wears a white cowboy hat, and was last seen wearing a light blue long-sleeved collared shirt, navy-blue colored pants, brown loafer-style shoes.
He was driving a silver 2007 Chevrolet Impala, Oklahoma plate of 463ARX; with lightly tinted windows, and a novelty front license plate that reads “One Nation Under God.”