Richard Leslie Silva, 90, the object of a multi-agency search since he disappeared Friday from Carol Woods Retirement Community, was found about 4:50 p.m. Monday, police reported.
Silva was located in a wooded area near Interstate 40 Monday afternoon and was immediately transported to the emergency department at UNC Hospital for evaluation.
Chapel Hill police say that he was responsive, despite the fact that he suffered from critical-level diabetes and had not received his insulin medication since he went missing.
Carol Woods resident Silva had had no history of wandering or dementia, according to Pat Sprigg, chief executive officer of the continuing care retirement community.
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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 needs assistance with his medication and has poor vision.
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 conducting the three-day search worked with the state Highway Patrol officers, a K-9 unit, the facility and the Chapel Hill Fire Department.