Missing Westport patient turns up in Norwalk after 5-hour search
Published 6:15 am, Monday, July 25, 2011
A 64-year-old man missing from a Westport health-care facility Sunday night -- triggering a "Silver Alert" search -- turned up about five hours later at a Norwalk homeless shelter where he was previously living.
Errol Shaw was reported missing at 10:35 p.m. Sunday by the staff at the Westport Health Care Center on Burr Road after he had not been seen in a little over a hour. Shaw, being treated at the center for what police said were several medical problems, had last lived at the Norwalk Homeless Shelter on Merritt Street.
A State Police K-9 was brought to the scene when Shaw was first reported missing, and the dog picked up Shaw's trail heading toward Riverside Avenue, but lost the scent there.
Meanwhile, police issued a hotline alert with a description of Shaw, as well as a Silver Alert, so authorities in area communities would be aware of the serach for the missing man.
About 11 p.m., a Westport officer determined that Shaw had stopped at the Dunkin' Donuts on Westport Avenue in Norwalk, and then continued heading west. The K-9 was brought to the scene, but was unable to pick up Shaw's scent.
However at 3:45 a.m. Monday, officials of the homeless shelter contacted Westport police to report that Shaw had returned there. He was transported to Norwalk Hospital for evaluation.