Dementia has to be one of the most devastating diseases a person can face. Don’t get me wrong, afflictions such as cancer and muscular dystrophy and heart disease are terrible in their own ways.
However, dementia strikes at the very core of a sufferer’s personality. Most other illnesses primarily affect our bodies.
Alzheimer’s and other similar afflictions, though, harm the body even as they ravage the mind. It’s a reality that a family in Henry County, Georgia, is having to face.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 58-year-old Tim Osborne disappeared from his home in Locust Grove on Feb. 6. Osborne suffers from late-stage dementia.
In fact, his disease was so severe that he’d actually ended up in home hospice care. On the day that he disappeared, his wife, was showering when he simply slipped from his home.
“He doesn’t know that he lives here, so that’s what scares me,” Kelly said. “I just wish that he would come home.”
Since his disappearance nearly two weeks ago, authorities have had precious few leads. WAGA reported that authorities found some of Osborne’s clothing in a reservoir near his home.
Police searched the body of water after making the discovery. They indicated that they didn’t believe it contained his body.
Neighbor Joshua Kirk joined in the search, surveying the reservoir with a drone. “I don’t know the guy personally,” he explained.
“You know, my fiancée, … we’ve been together for a while, and she grew up with him. I fly I drones … and I figured it could help out.”
According to the Henry Daily Herald, Osborne’s son, Mike, discovered his dad’s jacket in the nearby woods.
A resident named Marva Allen called Kelly Osborne on Feb. 15, saying that she thought she might’ve seen her husband near a VA clinic. She had seen Osborne’s picture on a Facebook post and matched it with a confused man near the clinic who’d been wearing one shoe.
“I’m not sure this could have been him, but that face just stuck out,” Allen said. “That’s how bad it stuck out to me, because I don’t go out.
“So when I see a face, I remember that face.” For her part, Kelly Osborne has taken to social media, pleading for help with finding her husband.
“I’m lost, I’m devastated, and I just don’t know what to do anymore,” she wrote on Facebook. “My husband still has not been found.”
‘My life feels like it’s over. My husband still has not been found. It’s been 10 days since I have seen him.’
The Henry Daily Herald noted that there’s at least one piece of good news regarding Osborne: Weather has remained in the seventies, which improves Osborne’s chances of survival.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Henry County non-emergency dispatch at 770-957-9121.
UPDATE, Feb. 20, 2019: According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a body found Monday in a Henry County lake is presumed to be that of Timothy Osborne.
“At this time, early indicators have established the body to be Mr. Timothy Osborne, and efforts to confirm the identity are underway,” Capt. Joey Smith with Henry County police told AJC.com.
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