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Family of Mt. Vernon man missing since Tuesday needs help

Ralph Tinsley, 84, has been missing since Tuesday. He suffers from dementia.

MOUNT VERNON, Wash,. -- An 84-year-old Mount Vernon man with dementia has been missing since Tuesday, and police have issued a state-wide Silver Alert.

Ralph Tinsley's son says he's already gone through three tanks of gas searching for his father. Friends and family say they're doing whatever they can to find him.

Brian Tinsley has been pounding the pavement, putting up fliers and talking to people all over. His father has been diagnosed with dementia.

Loved ones say Ralph Tinsley left this Mount Vernon neighborhood while his wife was sleeping. He didn't take his cellphone or his hearing aid or his medicine--just the car keys, the car and his wallet.

Brian Tinsley says he’s confused and wondering why no one has seen his father or his white Saturn for days now.

“It's just we have nothing coming in,” said he said.

A Silver Alert is posted on electronic boards statewide.

“He just drives so bad. He goes too fast, too slow. I was thinking he'd get pulled over by now,” said Brian Tinsley.

Relatives say Ralph Tinsley rarely goes anywhere without his wife of 60 years.

“It's so odd, taking the car like that. Usually, they drive as a pair,” said his son.

Ralph Tinsley's children have called all the local hospitals. They've checked his bank account for any activity. Nothing.

“He has a gold watch. A gold wedding band and glasses,” said Brian Tinsley.

Ralph Tinsley is 5 foot 3, weighs 140 pounds, and has short gray hair, green eyes. The car he's driving is a white Saturn with a license plate: ADK1477,

The family is offering a $1,000 reward. Anyone with information should call police.

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