NEWBERRY SPRINGS A Newberry Springs man who suffered from dementia reported missing Friday was found dead Saturday in open desert near his home.

James Gossett, 77, was last seen outside his home on Dreyfus Street between Harvard and Bragdon Roads Tuesday at 1 p.m. San Bernardino Sheriff's Search and Rescue found Gossett in open desert 2.9 miles west of Bragdon Road at 3:43 p.m. Saturday, according to coroner's reports.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident and asks anyone with information regarding Gossett's family members to call the Coroner's Division at 909-387-2978. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the WE-TIP Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or visit