Body of Missing 80-Year-Old Believed Found

A body was found in a Prince George's County park Sunday afternoon -- and park police believe it is that of an 80-year-old man who wandered away from a senior day picnic three weeks ago.

Lubin Phipps had been taken to Watkins Regional Park on Sept. 18 by the assisted living center where he was living. He asked to use the restroom and seemed to vanish.

The body was found during a search by Maryland-National Capital Park Police and volunteer search and rescue teams.

Park police told News4 the body was found in a soybean field. Part of that area had been searched before, but the body was found about 180 yards from where the search had been conducted. The park is more than 300 acres.

Authorities say the body and the clothing matched Phipps' description.

The family has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Phipps' daughter told News4's Darcy Spencer on Friday she was concerned that the assisted living center had not properly supervised her father, who suffers from dementia.

The center did not return phone calls seeking comment.

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