Holland man, 86, missing

(UPDATE: Noon Wednesday): Police are still looking for an 86-year-old Holland man who was reported missing this morning.
Tribune Staff
Aug 1, 2012


The Holland Department of Public Safety said Paul French recently moved to Holland from the Bangor area. He suffers from dementia and his family is concerned for his well-being. He has been missing since at least 9:30 a.m. today.

The vehicle belonging to French is also missing from his residence. It is a brown 1996 Buick Lesabre, with a Michigan handicap license plate, 3400G0.

French is 5-foot, 6-inches tall; weighs 150 pounds; and has gray thinning hair. He is known to enjoy spending time at fast-food restaurants, public parks and bodies of water.

French was seen Tuesday morning driving his Buick LeSabre south on M-40 near Hamilton at a very slow speed, causing traffic to back up, police said. One witness said he recognized French after passing him near Hamilton.

French also suffers from diabetes and does not have his medication with him. He has only lived in Holland since April of this year and is originally from the Bangor area.

Former neighbors at his previous address in the 2800 block of 63rd Street have been made aware of his missing status as well, in case he shows up there.

Police have been alerted to check parks and fishing locations at or near the Lake Michigan shore, since French enjoyed fishing. Family said he will not know his address in Holland if he is asked and anyone who see him should call 911 immediately so law enforcement and paramedics can respond to assist.

He likely has a green duffle bag with him, as well as a fishing tackle box.

The Holland Department of Public Safety is requesting that anyone who may have information as to the whereabouts of French to contact Ottawa County Central Dispatch at 800-249-0911.


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