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Authorities seek help to find missing man

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By John D. Harden / Staff Writer

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in searching for an elderly Garland man who has been missing for nearly four weeks.

Hal Ticknor, 82, suffers from dementia and was reported missing Oct. 11, according to Garland police officials. On the day he went missing, he was spotted in Tioga, Valley View and Whitesboro near Ray Roberts Lake north of Denton, but has not been seen since, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman.

Argyle resident Gene Bennett and his wife, Johanne, are among the volunteers helping local authorities and family members in the search for Ticknor.

“We’ve passed out hundreds of fliers,” Gene Bennett said. “We’ve even passed out some in Oklahoma because if he’s lost on [Interstate 35], he could be outside of Texas by now.”

Bennett said officials are still optimistic that Ticknor will be found.

“We’ve had people helping us all over North Texas,” Bennett said. “And we’re hoping to find him soon, and we believe we’ll find him.”

Friends and members of Ticknor’s community in Garland organized a search effort, which will hit the four-week mark on Friday.

Bennett said volunteers have been searching for Ticknor in Denton and Cooke counties.

Ticknor was last seen wearing a long-sleeved, khaki-colored shirt and gray slacks. Police describe him as 5-feet-11, weighing 170 pounds, with gray hair and green eyes.

He was last seen driving a 2007 silver Chevrolet Equinox with a Texas license plate of 599SNC.

The day Ticknor went missing, the Department of Public Safety released a Silver Alert, which is issued when an elderly person goes missing.

The alert has since been canceled. An official said Silver Alerts are granted for 24 hours and must be renewed based on viable leads being received by the agency that requested the alert.

Though the Silver Alert has been lifted, police and locals are still searching.

The Garland police encourage anyone who sees or knows of Ticknor’s whereabouts to call the department at 972-205-1628 or the DPS at 512-424-2208.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @Jdharden.