'Silver Alert' remains in effect for missing elderly Lufkin man

Arthur Foster (Source: Lufkin Police Department)
Arthur Foster (Source: Lufkin Police Department)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Authorities are still looking for the 79-year-old Lufkin man who went missing early Saturday morning. According to the Lufkin Police Department, Arthur Foster was last seen at a convenience store in Corrigan Saturday morning.

"Sunday, the Lufkin Police Department investigated two reported sightings of Mr. Foster - a Sunday sighting of the truck in the Arlington area and a Saturday sighting (reported Sunday) of Mr. Foster in the Kilgore area," said Detective J.B. Smith, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department, "Neither sighting was accurate."

Early Monday morning, LPD detectives went to Charlie's Country Corner, located at 619 N. Home Street in Corrigan. Through interviews of story employees and examination of video footage from the store's surveillance cameras, the detectives confirmed that Foster arrived at the store at 5:14 a.m. and left nine minutes later. Foster was alone when he arrived and when he left, according to Smith.

Smith said the video footage showed Foster driving south on U.S. Highway 59 South after he left the store.

"The 'Silver Alert' issued by Lufkin Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety for Arthur Henry Foster of Lufkin remains in effect," a press release from the Lufkin Police Department stated.

Foster is 6'4" and 250 pounds. He has brown eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a light blue button up shirt, black pants, and possibly a gray hat.

"Mr. Foster has diabetes, heart problems, and high blood pressure, and his family believes him to be in the early stages of Alzheimer's or Dementia," Smith said.

Because Foster has not taken his medications since May 31, 2013 and did not have them with him, he is believed to be in physical danger.

According to Smith, he left his Lufkin residence at approximately 4:30 a.m. Saturday in a silver or gray Dodge Dakota truck. His truck's license plate number is BR56573.

Anyone who encounters Foster or has seen him since Saturday morning is urged to contact the Lufkin Police Department at (936) 633-0356.

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