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UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled for NE Kansas man

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By: Associated Press / KAKE News - Email
A northeast Kansas county has canceled a Silver Alert for a 75-year-old man who had been missing since Wednesday afternoon.

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PRINCETON, Kan. -- A northeast Kansas county has canceled a Silver Alert for a 75-year-old man who had been missing since Wednesday afternoon.

The Franklin County Sheriff's office says Donald Eugene Cook, who was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, checked himself into a Kansas City area hospital on Thursday. No further details were immediately available.

The county issued the alert earlier Thursday, saying Cook hadn't been seen since he left his home in Princeton Wednesday afternoon. His family was concerned because he did not have his medication.


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Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in locating a missing Kansas man.

A Silver Alert has been issued for 75-year-old Donald Eugene Cook, who was last seen around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday leaving his home at 836 Kentucky Road in rural Franklin County.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Cook was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness and became upset. He left his home yesterday with an unknown destination.

He was last seen by his spouse wearing gray, baggy sweatpants, black tennis shoes and a T-shirt, unknown color. He was also wearing a black coat with pictures of horses on the back, that says "DON" on the front and "Cook's Ranch" on the back. He wears glasses and could also be wearing a KU or OU ball cap.

Cook was driving a 4-door silver 2007 Toyota Corolla with Kansas tag 068 ACD. The car has an Olathe Toyota dealership vanity plant on the front bumper. The sheriff's office says the car had a full tank of gas, estimated to have a 400 mile range.

He did not take his cell phone or wallet, and deputies also believe he left his medication at home. His family said he can become disoriented, confused without it. He can also become slightly bi-polar or anxious.

Donald has family in Salina, Williamsburg, Olathe, as well as Branson, Missouri. He may also visit the grave of his father in Rich Hill, Missouri.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at (785) 242-3800 or 229-1200.


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