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Elderly Bryan County man still missing
E. Mosely
Elvin Mosley - photo by Photo provided.
Authorities are still seeking an 82-year-old Ellabell man with Alzheimer’s disease who has been missing since Thursday.
Elvin Mosley was working with family members on a piece of family-owned property in Ellabell Thursday when he unexpectedly hopped into his wife’s vehicle and left, said his granddaughter, Emily Barfield.
She said it was around 4 p.m., the time Mosley usually wants to go home if he is out.
“He is afraid of the dark.”
Mosley has had Alzheimer’s for 10 years, and has not driven in a year and a half, she said. But he got into the light blue Toyota Highlander, Georgia tag AYW 7063, and drove off, she said.
Family members chased him on four-wheelers, but lost sight of him.
“He had half a tank of gas,” she said, “He had some money but hasn’t made a purchase in years.”
Barfield feared her grandfather would be unable to purchase food or drink for himself, but hoped he could at least do so until someone found him.
Mosley was last seen on Perry Road in Ellabell. When family members lost sight of him, they called his son, who called police. Law enforcement officers, family members, friends and others have been searching for Mosley since Thursday afternoon, with no clues as to his whereabouts, Barfield said.
Mosley was last seen wearing a light blue polo shirt with navy stripes and jeans. He wears eye glasses, she said.
Mosley is the second elderly person from Bryan County to disappear in the last year. Emma Carroll, 83, wandered away from home on July 18, 2009, and hasn’t been found.
Her disappearance prompted local officials to begin Project Lifesaver, a program aimed at providing a wrist transmitter to senior citizens who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s and may wander off.
“The program can and does save lives,,” said Bryan County Family Connection Coordinator Wendy Sims. “The catch is that the program only works if people utilize the service.”
Sims said the $300 cost shouldn’t deter people from taking part in Project Lifesaver. “We can work out the financial piece,” she said. “With this program, we should not have any additional Bryan County families in this situtation.”
Sims said she’s willing to speak to church groups, civic organizations or anyone who wants to learn more about the effort.
Clint Droste, with Operation Hope, a group that helped in the search for missing Armstrong Atlantic State University student Bryce Tarter, has posted an alert on Facebook for Mosley. Tarter’s truck and body were found near AASU  several months after his disappearance.
Anyone who has possibly seen Mosley or who may have information is asked to call Barfield at 429-2630, or the Bryan County Sheriff’s Department at (912) 653-2899. If anyone sees Mosley, Barfield asked  that they please dial 911 first.
For more information about Project Lifesaver call Wendy Sims at 756-3602.

Statesboro Herald reporter Holli Bragg wrote much of this story. Bryan County News Editor Jeff Whitten contributed.
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