WAUPACA (NBC 26) — Authorities are searching for a missing Waupaca man who has dementia.
An alert sent out by Waupaca Police Department says Robert M. Clinch was reported as missing from the group home where he was placed by a guardian. Police said Clinch has alcohol-induced dementia and may get confused. He is missing from the Whistling Pines Group home in Waupaca, located at 121 County QQ.
He was last seen when he went outside to smoke a cigarette. His whereabouts are unknown and he may have gotten a ride out of the area. The group home is located near a Truckstop and a Kwik Trip.
The police alert also said Clinch did take a duffle bag with him and made mention to a person nearby that he was planning to go to New Mexico. His guardian believes he may head to the Baraboo area. Police said he has done this in the past and traveled quite far prior to being found.
Clinch is believed to be wearing a gray long sleeve shirt and jeans. His silver hair is long, he walks with a cane and wears long earrings most of the time. He is an American Indian man who sometimes goes by the nickname, "Chief." He's 5'7" tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He is 76 years old.
Police said his guardian would like his welfare checked and to know where he is. If you see him, call the Waupaca County Sheriff's Office at 715-258-4466.