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Published on March 22, 2024
Missing 74-Year-Old Oakland Man Found Safe, Alameda Sheriff's Office Thanks Public for AidSource: Alameda County Sheriff

In a swift resolution to a situation that could have taken a grim turn, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office reported that Purnell Davis, the 74-year-old man who had gone missing in Oakland, has been safely located and reunited with his family, posted the authorities on Tuesday.

Davis was last seen wearing a black Raiders jacket, gray sweatpants, and black Crocs and was carrying a Trader Joe's shopping bag, which made him quite recognizable. Officials described him as being 6 feet tall and weighing 224 pounds with brown hair and eyes; this description was shared to help the public identify him and aid in his safe return, as noted in a report by Hoodline.

The initial alarm was raised after Davis disappeared near 14th Avenue and E. 31th Street in Oakland, which prompted the California Highway Patrol to issue a Silver Alert, a public notification system to help locate missing senior citizens, especially those with mental disabilities like Alzheimer's or dementia.

While the circumstances surrounding Mr. Davis's disappearance were not fully disclosed, the Alameda County Sheriff’s team worked diligently; they appealed to social media and other channels, calling on the community to keep an eye out and report any sightings to 9-1-1 immediately a plea that played a key role in Mr. Davis's safe return.