Silver Alert Cancelled, Robert Hinkle Found Safe

By: Posted by Melissa Brunner
By: Posted by Melissa Brunner

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office has cancelled a Silver Alert Thursday night for a Scranton man.

After missing for more than six hours, 70-year-old Robert Hinkle was found in Southwest Topeka unharmed.

The Sheriff's Office says Hinkle was last seen around 2:30 pm Thursday in the parking lot of the Walmart on Wanamaker Rd. Family members say Hinkle suffers from brain tumors, which may impair his memory, balance and coordination. They told authorities the brain tumors cause a serious mental condition that reduce his ability to make sound decisions and could diminish his ability to survive without assistance.

Due to his medical condition, Hinkle isn't supposed to drive, but authorities say he rode with a family member to the store and stayed in the truck while the family member shopped. When the person returned, they discovered Hinkle and the truck were gone.

Authorities say Hinkle left the Walmart driving a gray or pewter colored 2001 Chevy Silverado pickup with a black topper, Kansas license tag 566BMK. The truck also has a Dale Ernhart #3 front vanity plate as well as #3 and #88 racing stickers on the back window of the topper.

Hinkle is 5'9", 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. His family says he's known to frequent the Four Corners area, near Hwys. 75 and 56 in Osage County.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office at 785-368-2366.

The following news release is from the Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office:

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing person, Robert E. Hinkle (w/m 11/09/1942) of Scranton, KS. Robert was last seen 01/17/2013 at 1530 hours in the Walmart parking lot at 1301 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka, KS. Robert left the business driving a gray or pewter colored 2001 Chevy Silverado pickup with a black topper. The truck has Kansas license tag 566BMK. It also has a Dale Ernhart #3 front vanity plate as well as #3 and #88 racing stickers on the back window of the topper.

Robert suffers from brain tumors, negatively affecting his memory, balance and coordination. Robert’s medical condition is described by family members as a serious mental condition that may threaten, or greatly reduce, his ability to make sound reasonable decisions and may diminish his ability to survive without assistance. Robert is known to frequent the Four Corners area near Hwy 75/Hwy 56 in Osage County.

Robert has been directed by his doctor not to operate any motorized vehicles. Robert rode to Walmart today with a family member in the 2001 Chevy Silverado and stayed in the truck while the family member shopped. When the family member returned to the parking lot, they discovered Robert and the truck were gone.

Robert’s description is as follows:
· 70 YOA
· 5’9” tall
· 160 lbs
· Brown hair
· Blue eyes
· Last seen wearing crème colored #88 ball cap, black and blue flannel jacket, black plaid flannel shirt, blue jeans, tennis shoes, glasses with dark brown frames and bifocal lens and has a mustache.

Anyone who has information about Robert’s whereabouts is asked to call the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office at (785) 368-2366. Robert has been listed as a missing person in NCIC. An attempt to locate has been issued to surrounding agencies.


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