Authorities are searching for a North Dakota man with Dickey County ties who has been missing for more than a week.
Leon Victor Weight, 78, who lives at the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, was last seen about 8 p.m. Feb. 17, said Chief Jeanette Persons of the Lisbon Police Department. At that time, Weight was southbound on U.S. Highway 281 about a mile north of Edgeley when a North Dakota trooper who didn't realize Weight was missing gave him directions back to Lisbon.
Weight drove from Lisbon to Oakes on Feb. 17 and left the Oakes veterinary clinic about 5:30 p.m., according to a poster that authorities are circulating, containing information about his disappearance.
Persons said veterans home workers told her that it's out of character for Weight not to return after leaving.
Weight has no history of dementia, Persons said. It's possible, she said, that Weight might have had a stroke and grown confused.
Persons said Weight used to farm near Oakes. Family members and friends in the region have not heard from him since before he left Lisbon. There has been no activity on his bank account, Persons said. Weight doesn't have a cell phone.
The weekend blizzard has hampered search attempts, Persons said. She said Weight's car — a red 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix with North Dakota license plates HKP-260 — could be in a ditch or ravine and covered by snow.
Today, the Civil Air Patrol used at least two plane to search for Wight or his vehicle. At least two ground patrols were also looking for him today. A host of agencies have been helping with the search, Persons said.
One person reported possibly seeing Weight Saturday morning, but that call wasn't received until Tuesday morning, Persons said.
She encouraged county highway crews, school bus drivers, those who make deliveries and others to look for Weight and his vehicle as they make their rounds.
Weight's disappearance is a stumper.
"He could be in Texas for all I know," Persons said. "Nobody has had contact with him."
People with information on Weight should call Persons at 701-683-4141 or the Brown County Sheriff's Office at 605-626-7100.