Richard Leslie Silva, 90, the object of a multi-agency search since he disappeared Friday from Carol Woods Retirement Community, urgently needs his diabetes medications, officials at the facility said Monday.
Carol Woods resident Silva had no history of wandering or dementia, according to Pat Sprigg, chief executive officer of the continuing care retirement community. However, he has a critical case of diabetes and could have started showing confused behavior shortly after missing his regular insulin medication.
Sprigg said Silva lived in an independent home at Carol Woods, at 750 Weaver Diary Road, with his “significant other,” but had temporarily stayed in the facility’s assisted living center while she was away on vacation. He was in need of assistance with his medication and has poor vision.
Silva’s partner returned to the apartment on Wednesday evening, but he continued to sleep and receive medication at the assisted-living section of Carol Woods, which has several levels of care.
After eating lunch with another resident, Silva was last seen on security footage leaving the building at 12:40 p.m. Friday and was expected to visit his partner’s home. When he did not arrive by 2 p.m., she reported him missing to the facility.
“He was very methodical about his routines,” Sprigg said. “He didn’t go off the beaten path.”
After a search of the facility, Sprigg said, she called 911 when Silva did not appear for dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Chapel Hill police involved in the search have worked with the state Highway Patrol officers, a K-9 unit, the facility and the Chapel Hill Fire Department.
On Sunday, Chapel Hill police reported that Silva may have been transported from the area in a vehicle because of his dependence on a walker to get around.
Silva is a white male who stands 5-foot-10 tall and weighs approximately 165 pounds. He uses a walker which is decorated with a yellow men’s tie with penguins on it.
Anyone with information on Silva’s location or on someone who matches his description, please contact Chapel Hill Police at 919-968-2760.