UPDATE - MISSING MAN FOUND
February 17th, 2012
The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Mr. James Purcell who went missing from the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital area on Monday, February 13, 2012, has been located. Mr. Purcell was attempting to register himself at a homeless shelter in Berkeley California. Employees at the shelter were made aware that Mr. Purcell was a missing person when they contacted employees at his assisted living residence in Isla Vista.
Details on how Mr. Purcell arrived in the Berkeley area are not known. Mr. Purcell’s caretakers have been advised.
The Sheriff’s Office is thankful for the assistance of the public in locating Mr. Purcell.
Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Help Finding Missing Isla Vista Man
Isla Vista - February 16th, 2012
The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a 75-year old Isla Vista man who has been missing since Monday, February 13, 2012.
James Otis Purcell (DOB 6/27/36) was last seen at approximately 10:30am Monday morning when he was driven from his senior living facility in Isla Vista to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for a scheduled doctor’s appointment.
The driver, who had shuttled Purcell to the appointment, returned to the hospital at 11:45am and learned that Purcell had never attended the doctor’s appointment.
Purcell has several minor health issues and has trouble walking due to an ankle injury. He does not drive or own a cell phone and would only have access to a minimal amount of money. He is considered at-risk due to his mobility and the length of time that he has been missing.
Purcell is a white male, 6’2”, 280 lbs, with balding/gray hair, and blue eyes. He was last seen carrying a canvas bag and wearing a light shirt, pants, and sandals.
If anyone has seen Purcell, or has information regarding his whereabouts, they are urged to contact the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office at (805) 681-4150.
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