Hunt to resume for man, 81, who left nursing home in city


Police today were to resume their search for a resident of a Mount Washington nursing home who walked away from the premises yesterday morning.

Police said William R. Shockley, 81, a victim of Alzheimer's disease and who last resided in the 900 block of Fairmount Ave. in Towson, had been a resident at the Meridian Nursing Center in the 500 block of Brightfield Road near Falls Road for a short period when he left the center just before noon yesterday.

Police said Shockley had told staff members that he wasn't happy being in a nursing home and left his room moments after a nurse who was caring for him went to perform other duties.

Police said that not long after officers from the Towson District station joined the search they were told that a man fitting Shockley's description was seen walking along the railroad tracks near Lake Avenue and Falls Road.

Despite an intensive search by land units and a State Police helicopter equipped with a heat-seeking device that picks up body heat from large objects like people, the search was called off after dark.

Besides searching the area near the nursing home, police alswent to Shockley's house on several occasions but he never showed up there.

Police said Shockley, who tires easily and is known to take frequent naps, may have lay down overnight.

When last seen, Shockley was wearing a yellow shirt, purple pants and a tan sweater.

Anyone seeing the man is urged to call the Towson District at 887-2361.

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