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Search intensifies for Alzheimer’s patient

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PROVO — The search for an 85-year-old man who walked away from a local care center Thursday has intensified.

The Utah County Search and Rescue has been called to help in the search for Richard Loitz, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

Rescue workers searched the fields near the Crestview care center, 1053 W. 1020 South, by airplane and search dogs were given samples of the man's clothing.

Marcia Lindelein, the care center's director, said volunteer teams of care center employees and neighbors were being organized Friday afternoon to search for Loitz near the Sunset Elementary School, where witnesses told police they saw him Thursday evening.

Lindelein said Loitz wandered away from the center just after 3 p.m. Thursday with only $2 in his pocket.

He is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 182 pounds and is in good physical condition. He was last seen wearing a light blue striped shirt and gray slacks.

Loitz had been at the care center for only three days, after his family moved him from the Midwest to be closer to them.

Anyone with information can contact the Provo Police Department at 852-6215.