Search continues for missing Ramona man with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

RAMONA, Calif. - Residents in the Ramona area were asked Wednesday to keep an eye out for a 66-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease who went missing earlier this week.

Carl Salayer was last seen Monday when he went to bed at his home in the 17000 block of Handlebar Road near Highland Valley Road. He apparently left between 2:30 and 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's deputies said Salayer needs medicine, has a feeding tube and may be wearing only undergarments. He also might run if approached, authorities said.

Sheriff's Lt. Michael Munsey said Salayer may have "hunkered down" somewhere in the vicinity and asked residents to check around their properties, including in sheds, bushes or other areas where a person could possibly hide.

On Wednesday, volunteers on horseback joined search-and-rescue crews looking for Salayer.

Going out on horseback is necessary to get through the rural terrain and cover more ground, as it's covered with trailers and outbuildings.

Volunteer Lynn Meurs said, "With these two horses, they move pretty fast and they've been everywhere. Hopefully we can find him."

Danell Marks, a family friend, told 10News Salayer suffers from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and it's been more than 24 hours since he has taken his medication.

Marks said, "With the medication he's on, he could have gotten a good half day walking yesterday. But today he should be pretty spent. We should find him just lying down somewhere without any energy."

Marks added Salayer has done this twice before, but both times was found close by and fairly quickly.

She said, "He's lived in Ramona for years so he's familiar with the area. And he tends to go places he was familiar with."

Salayer is white, 6 feet 3 and 150 pounds with blue eyes, balding gray hair and a mustache.

Anyone who spots Salayer was asked to call the sheriff's department at (858) 565-5200.

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