By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun
3:35 PM EDT, March 25, 2013
A $5,300 reward is being offered for tips that lead to the homecoming of James White, an intellectually disabled 64-year-old man who left his Owings Mills assisted-living home a month ago.
White, who is black, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 186 pounds, left his group home in the 9200 block of Leigh Choice Court on Feb. 26. White was last seen between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m., after which time staff found the front door open.
White's sisters, Rosanna Miles of Rosedale and Addie Bagley of Baltimore, urged the public to provide police with any information. Through a collection of donations, their family is offering the reward.
"It's really hard; from day to day, we don't know what's going on," Bagley said. "My sister and I ... we wake up during the night."
The women said the situation is especially hard knowing their brother's vulnerability. He can speak a few words, but has trouble communicating sentences. He may be accused of shoplifting, because he does not understand he has to pay for items in a store, police said.
White recently moved from the home of his 90-year-old mother, Mazola White, because of the family's concern about her ability to care for him.
"I would like to ask the public to, please, if they've seen anything or heard anything to please let the police know," Miles said. "My family is really suffering over this. We just don't know anything and going day to day is very, very difficult. We're just losing hope right now."
Maryland law enforcement agencies, including Baltimore County Police, searched the Owings Mills area with the assistance of helicopters and trained search and rescue dogs.
White was last seen wearing a black baseball hat with white lettering, a black jacket with leather arms, gray dress pants, and black and white shoes.
Call police at 410-307-2020 with any information.
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