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80-Year-Old Man With Dementia Missing for a Week

Lubin Phipps was last seen Sept. 18 at Watkins Regional Park



    Plea for Help Finding Missing 80-Year-Old With Dementia

    A local family asks the public to help search for their missing father, 80-year-old Lubin Phipps, who hasn't been seen by anyone who knows him for almost a week since he left a picnic at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports. (Published Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015)

    An 80-year-old man has been missing since wandering away from a Maryland park Sept. 18.

    Lubin Phipps has severe dementia and may appear confused and distressed, according to Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George's County Division.

    Phipps was last seen at about 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at a senior picnic at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

    He is five feet, six inches tall, has a thin build (weighing 142 pounds), brown eyes and grayish, slicked-backed hair. He was last seen wearing a beige, long-sleeved shirt (pictured), tan pants and sandals, but some of his caretakers remember him leaving his home wearing a blue shirt.

    He is described as a fast and determined walker.

    Phipps is originally from the Virgin Islands and speaks with a heavy accent. Police say that much of what he might say to a stranger would likely reference the Virgin Islands.

    Police said they believe Phipps is no longer in Watkins Park, and that he likely ventured into a nearby community, such as Mitchellville, Bowie or Upper Marlboro.

    Anyone with information is asked to call police at 301-459-3232.

    If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, you can find tips on caregiver.org.

    Anyone who wants to help search for him can email the family at helpfindlp@gmail.com.