SAGINAW COUNTY, MI — A reward being offered by the family of a missing 87-year-old seeking information on his disappearance has been doubled.
Karl Marker’s family has upped the reward amount to $5,000 as the search hits the two-week mark for the man who went missing Sept. 17 after leaving his Kochville Township home to walk at the Fashion Square Mall three miles away.
He never returned home after leaving in a pewter/silver/metallic 2011 GMC Savana van with license plate number AUY500.
Family offers reward as search nears two-week mark for missing 87-year-old man with dementia
Marker was previously diagnosed with dementia which family members have said worsened over the law few months while social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The family said in a news release they are increasing the reward on the opening day of bow hunting season “in hopes a fellow hunter may find his vehicle while on their travels.”
“If you are hunter, please keep an eye out when you are headed outdoors,” per the release. “Please check on your commute to work and in your neighborhood at home. Please continue to share on social media with #FindGrandpa.”
Several family members are continuing an active search for Marker, a husband of 65 years with five children, 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
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The family holds daily conference calls with Michigan State Police, who’ve aided in the search on the ground and through air support with a helicopter, to discuss strategy and what the next steps are to find his whereabouts.
Marker is “likely disoriented, confused, hungry, cold at night and has been without his medications,” the release reads.
Anyone with information on Marker’s location or his vehicle is asked to call 911, the Michigan State Police Tri-City Post at 989-495-5555, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-JAIL (5245) or on the P3 Tips mobile app.
Videos, photos, and audio can be submitted via the Crime Stoppers app or website.
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