Originally created 09/24/01

Man with Alzheimer's found



A man with Alzheimer's disease, who walked away from an Augusta retirement home Saturday, was found wandering in a Fort Gordon housing area Monday, a post official said.

Bernard Joseph Colligan, 83, was picked up by military police at about noon after being spotted by a resident on Garcia Drive, in a enlisted housing area near Deans Bridge and Tobacco roads, said post spokeswoman Marla Jones.

Mr. Colligan was reported missing Saturday after he walked away from Augusta Gardens, 3725 Wheeler Road - more than four miles from where he was discovered Monday. Investigator Bill Walker of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office spent Sunday posting "missing" signs at stores around the retirement home.

Nursing-home personnel were on their way to pick up Mr. Colligan Monday afternoon, Ms. Jones said. Although dirty from two nights outdoors, the man was otherwise OK, Ms. Jones said.

It is the second time Mr. Colligan has been listed as missing. Two years ago when he lived in California, he disappeared before turning up in Texas after taking a bus, Investigator Walker said.

Authorities thought the elderly man might be trying to go to Jersey City, N.J., where he has family. That was his destination two years ago. After that incident, his son moved him into the personal-care home in Augusta.