Missing Lecompton Man Found In El Dorado

LECOMPTON, Kan. (WIBW-TV)-- Officials in Douglas County tell 13 News that Covert C. Cranwell, 90 of Lecompton was found Thursday morning in El Dorado, Kansas.

Cranwell was located in a 2008 Gray Toyota Tacoma, the same vehicle he was seen leaving his Lecompton residence in around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials say Cranwell is in good condition, and is currently in a Southeast Kansas hospital getting checked out. He will be returning home shortly.

He suffers from dementia, which prompted Douglas County officials to issue the Silver Alert around 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

Here is the original release sent to 13 News announcing the Silver Alert:

On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at about 2100 hours, Covert C. Cranwell, (90 years old) 09-02-1923 left his residence at 2045 E 100 Road, Lecompton, Kansas 66050. He left in his 2008 gray Toyota Tacoma, Kansas Tag: 122CFP. Cranwell is described as a white male, 5’10”, 170 lbs, full head of white hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a pale striped shirt. Cranwell has the onset of dementia and takes various medications for his health. He takes Coumadin as a blood thinner and anti-depressants. It is necessary for him to take all of his medications on a daily basis. Cranwell wears glasses but it is unknown if he is wearing them. He struggles to see making it even more difficult to drive at night. Cranwell requires hearing aids but it is unknown if he is wearing them.

Cranwell is cared for by his daughter Mary P. Allen who resides with him. Allen reported Cranwell’s mental health has been decreasing over the last week. Allen reported Cranwell obtained a spare set of truck keys. She reported seeing Cranwell enter his truck, drive down the driveway and head southbound on E 100 Road. Allen figured Cranwell was looking for his cat. When Cranwell didn’t return it concerned Allen. There is no destination known for Cranwell to go. Last known location was driving southbound from his residence at 2045 E 100 Road in Lecompton, Douglas County, Kansas. Allen reported Cranwell saying, “I think it’s time for me to go home”. Allen said Cranwell’s family home was in Lyndon, Kansas. Allen was sure Cranwell wouldn’t have the means to get himself to Lydon, Kansas. Cranwell doesn’t have access to a cell phone. He is believed to have his wallet and driver’s license with him. Allen believes Cranwell has access to cash in his wallet but no access to credit cards or an ATM. Allen was not sure the amount of fuel that was in the truck.

Cranwell has been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database as a missing person. If contact with Cranwell is made please notify the Douglas County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office at 785-832-7509 or 785-841-0007. Phones are answered by our Dispatch Center 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It may be necessary to evaluate Cranwell’s mental and physical health when located.


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