CREIGHTON, Neb. — The authorities may have found a new lead in the weeklong search for a missing Creighton, Nebraska, man.
Leroy Doerr was last seen late Friday afternoon at his home east of Creighton. He did not respond Saturday morning to a family member’s effort to reach him. His cell phone and all of his vehicles were left at his house.
Doerr is listed as 53 years old, 6-foot-5, 165 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.
Knox County Sheriff Don Henery said Thursday that a new break may have come in the case.
“In an effort to follow up on every lead, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is releasing information received after an interview on October 17th,” the sheriff said in an email. “The information is that a man matching the description of Leroy Doerr, who is missing from Creighton, Nebraska, was seen on the south shoulder of Highway 59.”
The man was sighted at approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday 8.5 miles east of Doerr’s residence, walking east.
The witness said the man was not dressed for the cold weather.
“After talking to local farmers in that area, the Sheriff’s Office cannot at this time identify who the man might have been,” Henery said.
“Based on that information, the Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone who may have seen a man walking Saturday morning or afternoon either on Highway 59 or possibly Highway 81 is asked to call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 402-288-4261.”
Henery said he sees no evidence of foul play surrounding Doerr’s disappearance.
Authorities issued an Endangered Missing Advisory — the adult version of an Amber Alert — across the Midwest because of Doerr’s memory loss and medical condition. He has also not taken his medication since his disappearance.
An exhaustive search has included a Nebraska State Patrol helicopter, the Yankton Area Search and Rescue team with its canine unit, the Pierce (Nebraska) Police Department’s drone. Also taking part in the search were police departments, first responders and more than 80 family and friends who volunteered their assistance.
An intensive search has focused on a cornfield near Doerr’s house, where footprints have been found. However, the search has not been limited to that location.
Doerr enjoyed going to rummage sales, garage sales and Goodwill stores, particularly in Yankton, Henery said. Therefore, the sheriff is asking Yankton area residents and travelers to report anyone who matches Doerr’s description.
The authorities have pursued reported sightings of Doerr in stores and other locations, but a review of video surveillance has indicated the persons are not Doerr.
Persons with further information can call 911 or the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
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