NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County Sheriff's deputies are still searching for a 73-year-old Cushing man who has been missing Wednesday.
NCSO deputies have spoken to several people who saw Ernest McBride walking east on FM 343 Wednesday afternoon near the Western Hills store. McBride was spotted by several motorists.
"Unfortunately by the time we received this information of his last known location, the information was nearly 24 hours old," Nacogdoches County sheriff Jason Bridges said in a press release. "The sheriff's office and several other agencies have conducted numerous searches of this area. Tracking dogs along with helicopters have also been utilized."
The press release stated that a Forestry Service tracking dog was able to pick up a scent where McBride was last seen. Although the K-9 tracked the scent for several hundred yards, it lost the scent near the edge of the roadway.
"At this time, we believe that Ernest McBride was possibly picked up by a motorist on FM 343 Wednesday afternoon and given a ride to an unknown location," Bridges said.
The press release said that McBride may suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and family members and authorities are very concerned that he may be confused or lost.
McBride is described as being 6 feet tall with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a cowboy hat, a dark-colored button-up long sleeve shirt, denim jeans rolled up at the bottom, and black shoes.
Anyone with any information on McBride's whereabouts is urged to contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office at (936) 560-7777.