For the Robinson family of Moville, Iowa, it's been a long and difficult 48-days of searching for their loved one, Dale, who went missing on August 3rd.
Dale Robinson's family is speaking up. They want everyone to keep their eyes peeled for the 84-year-old man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease and went missing early last month.
"We had no idea he'd be gone this long. We thought maybe he'd just be wandering around Sioux City at Menard's or some place like that. We just had no idea it was going to go on for 48 days," Robert said.
Dale, who is from Moville, Iowa is 5-foot-6, weighs 116 pounds, stopped at a convenience store in Moville on August 3rd, and never returned. The last confirmed place he was spotted was Argosy parking lot on August 3rd. He was driving his dark maroon 2000 Ford F-150 Single cab pick-up. Iowa License plate number 870ZCF.
"There's nothing saying that he ever left this area, so we're hoping to still find him lost in Sioux City somewhere," Robert said.
The family says they've received unconfirmed tips that he's been spotted at museums in Council Bluffs and Missouri Valley. They've followed all leads, but still haven't had any luck.
"It's very emotional. It's very frustrating. The emotions are just up and down, not knowing where he is, if he's okay. There were a lot of roadblocks for us during this process of trying to find Dale," Patti said.
Like, not being able to use the amber alert system.
"His body's a certain age, but with Alzheimer's his mind isn't," Robert said.
After his dad's disappearance, Robert got connected with the Alzheimer's Association. But, he wishes he'd known about the organization before Dale left.
"We could have put a tracking device on his truck, so then that way, knowing that he took his truck, they could have helped us locate it, which would have bettered the odds of finding him with it," Robert said.
Now, the family hopes other families can learn from their hardship.
"Even if you don't see Dale, you might have found somebody else's parent or grandparent that has Alzheimer's, so please keep looking," Patti said.
Dale's son says the family needs help from the public. If you have ANY information, contact The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office at (712)-279-6010.
Dale's relatives have been asked to speak to congress about issuing amber alerts for missing elderly people.
They say they are considering this idea, but are focused on the search right now.
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