The search to find a missing Alzheimer patient has ended, and unfortunately, it has not ended well. At around 8:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a body had been discovered in the LNVA canal at the end of Sandringhamnear China.
The dogs all followed the odor of decay to the canal, said JCSO Deputy Rod Carroll.
“We knew that’s probably where (John Guillory) was,” Carroll said. “We had a game cam out in that area that had him going by about 12 a.m.”
The body was recovered and transported to the Jefferson County Morgue. Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Ray Chessonordered an autopsy. Final identification is awaiting the autopsy results, but the body was “tentatively confirmed” by JCSO Deputy Rod Carroll to be missing Alzheimer’s patient John Guillory, 57, of China.
“(The body) matches the clothing, description and everything else. We just have to go through the formality of the autopsy and the fingerprints,” Carroll said.
Over Labor Day weekend, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office sent out a press release asking for the community’s assistance in locating the man.
At approximately 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a residence in the 700 block of Sandringham Drive in west Beaumont just north of China. Guillory’s family reported him missing and that he was last seen at approximately midnight when they went to sleep. The family awoke at 7 a.m. to find Guillory missing. After searching the area, they contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Carroll said that according to Guillory’s family Guillory was in the process of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and that his wandering off had been a progressive problem.
“Every couple of years we have an incident where an Alzheimer’s patient wanders away,” Carroll said. “This is just one of those situations. If you have an Alzheimer’s patient, there are electronic devices that you could have out there if they are wanderers.”
According to Brian Hance of the Alzheimer’s Association, “Approximately 60 pecent of patients with progressive memory loss get lost at least once during the progression of dementia.” In some parts of the country, about half of them die if not located within 24 hours. Some nursing homes and municipalities in the U.S. and abroad have already implemented electronic tracking programs, Web MD’s Web site states.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Acadian Ambulance Service, Bevil Oaks VFD, China VFD, Nome VFD, Pinewood VFD, Pinewood VFD, Beaumont PD K-9 and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Department K-9. Volunteers and three K-9 units searched the large wooded area near the residence for more than eight hours without locating the missing person, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Division Helicopter was utilized for an aerial search.