East Haddam, Conn. (WTNH) - Police in East Haddam are continuing to search for a missing man with dementia.
68-year-old Robert Masci was last seen at his home on Boardman Road sometime on Tuesday, and later that night, the silver alert was issued .
The chief of police said there are 50-60 people searching for Masci. It's a wooded and rural area, so they are using search dogs and ATVs. So far, searchers have covered half of East Haddam.
East Haddam Fire Chief Don Angersola said the rainy weather has added to the difficulty and urgency of the situation.
"I'm sure hypothermia is a worry," said Angersola, "and our guys are getting bogged down, they're getting wet, they're cold."
Lyme Fire Department's Assistant Chief Tom Brown said that the ongoing search that has not yet produced any results is a bit frustrating.
"We'd certainly like to be more productive for the time and people we're investing in this," said Brown, "but we're not gonna give up."
Masci is a white male with brown hair and green eyes. He is approximately 6 feet tall, weighing around 180 lbs.
He was last seen wearing an aqua sweatshirt, blue jeans, and grey sneakers. He wears glasses and was wearing a gold chain necklace.
Masci suffers from vascular dementia. According to the Alzheimer's Association , this type of dementia is the second most common type. It develops when impaired blood flow to parts of the brain, depriving cells of food and oxygen, often resulting in strokes.
Police are asking locals to check their properties for Masci, who they say may have went into an open garage or empty shed to seek shelter from the weather.
Anyone with information or who might have seen Masci is asked to call Troop K at 860-537-5700.
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