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Air Force helicopter assists in search for missing Colorado man

Jul. 7, 2014 - 08:46PM   |  
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An Air Force helicopter is now among resources that have been deployed in the search for a Fort Collins man who suffers from dementia and went missing this weekend.

Fort Collins police have asked for the publicís help in finding George Gosden, 64, who was reported missing from his home, in the 2800 block of Eastborough Drive in Fort Collins. Family members last saw him about 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center agreed to send a helicopter from the F.E. Warren Air Force Base, near Cheyenne, Wyoming, to fly over Fort Collins and surrounding communities for two hours on Monday afternoon. The center was contacted by the Fort Collins Police Services detective on the case.

Detective Jim Lenderts said the aerial search for the missing Army veteran was unsuccessful. Gosden still hadnít been found as of 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center coordinates on-land, federal search-and-rescue activities in the 48 contiguous Unites States, while also providing assistance in such situations to Mexico and Canada, according to its website. The center investigates each request, when a distress call is received, and determines the type of response necessary.

It frequently dispatches rescue assets to provide aid and transportation to people needing medical attention in remote or isolated areas, for emergency organ or blood transportation, or for medical evacuations when civilian resources are not available, the website says.

Gosden is described as a white man with brown hair, 6 feet tall and about 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, gray pajama pants and black shoes. He wears a Medic-Alert bracelet to help in identifying him.

Gosden is in good physical health and frequently enjoys spending long periods of time walking in the yard of his home. For this reason, itís possible heís a significant distance from his home.

Those who are returning home from a weekend away or who havenít recently checked are asked to look around their homes, yard and any outbuildings where Gosden could be present.

Those with information that may help police locate Gosden should contact Fort Collins Police Services at (970) 221-6540. Lenderts is the lead investigator in the case.

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