SANATOGA PA – It’s bitterly cold outside, and there’s a potential it will get colder. A winter storm, carrying what is reported to be a 40-percent chance of between 6 and 12 inches of snow, is predicted to hit our area Friday (Jan. 22, 2016). Both have the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department even more concerned for the welfare and safety of Luis Hernandez.
Hernandez, a 72-year-old Hispanic male who lives on Brook Run Terrace, Gilbertsville, and is said by police to suffer from dementia or the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, has now been missing for a full week. He was last seen Jan. 13 (Wednesday) when he visited Redner’s Market on North Charlotte Street.
Township officers are “still searching” for the man, the department repeated Tuesday (Jan. 19) on its Facebook page.
Hernandez is 5-feet 5-inches tall, weighs about 180 pounds, and has gray hair and gray eyes. He was last seen wearing black shoes, blue jeans, a black jacket and a gray hat. He isn’t adequately dressed or prepared for the weather experienced locally since his disappearance, searchers agree, or for the storm purportedly on its way.
A Redner’s employee told police early in their investigation that when Hernandez was inside the store last week he asked for directions for a bus into Allentown PA, about 38 miles northeast of Sanatoga. He is known to have visited Union City NJ, 121 miles distant and an area in which he also has ties.
Hernandez is accustomed to using public transportation, and was said to have a wallet and cash on his person, but not a cell phone.
The department on Facebook pleaded publicly for any and “all to help us out” in finding the missing man. It suggested residents with connections to Southeastern Pennsylvania regional hospitals, homeless shelters, and hotels, as well as those in the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton areas and New Jersey, make contact and inquire if he’s been spotted at their facilities.
“Let’s help (his) family locate him,” its status item implored.
Although the department is staffed during weekday operating hours, and can be reached at 610-326-1508, Chief Michael Foltz has recommended anyone who knows of Hernandez’s whereabouts or encounters him call 9-1-1 dispatchers immediately.