Silver Alert issued for man who possibly drove through Barstow
A man suffering from Alzheimer's was reported missing from Redlands and may have driven through Barstow on his way to the coastal city of Cambria, authorities said Wednesday.
Barstow CHP Officer Don Spiker said that a statewide Silver Alert was issued for 82-year-old Redlands resident Eugene Loeffler at 3:46 p.m. Tuesday and was still in effect as of late Wednesday afternoon.
“The purpose of the Silver Alert program is to establish a quick response system designed to issue and coordinate alerts following the unexplained or suspicious disappearance of an elderly person,” according to the CHP website.
A call to the Redlands Police Department was not immediately returned.
Loeffler was last seen at 5 p.m. Monday, according to Spiker.
“He drove away from his residence in Redlands in a 2000 white Toyota Camry,” Spiker said.
The vehicle license plate is 4MMV790.
Family believed he may have been driving to Cambria — a coastal city approximately 290 miles northwest of Redlands.
It's possible he would have used Highway 58 to connect to Santa Margarita, about 40 miles from Cambria, then taken the 101 and 46 freeways the rest of the way.
“There’s a good chance he came out through Barstow and then up 58,” Spiker said.
Loeffler is reportedly insulin-dependent and not believed to have insulin with him. He is described as a white male, 5 feet 8, 139 pounds and with gray hair.
He was wearing a white denim shirt, blue jeans and brown suede shoes.
Anyone with information regarding Loeffler's whereabouts is urged to contact the Barstow California Highway Patrol station at 760-255-8700 or the Redlands Police Department at 909-798-7681.
Shea Johnson can be reached at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com or 760-256-4126.