The family and personal care home of a missing elderly man last seen in South Buffalo on Christmas is offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts.
Police have been searching for Kenneth L. Himes, 70, since he left his brother’s home along Cadogan-Slate Lick Road sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 25 and 8 a.m. on Dec. 26.
Himes was on foot and was last seen wearing a black jacket, black cap and white athletic shoes.
Police said Himes is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds.
The reward is being offered by the family and Passavant Memorial Homes, Himes’ personal care home.
Himes is autistic and has early-onset dementia, state police said.
A massive search for Himes was conducted in South Buffalo and near Ford City in the days after his disappearance, involving hundreds of searchers, aerial surveys, divers and the draining of a pond.
State police Trooper Michael Graham, the lead investigator in the case, told the Tribune-Review that grainy surveillance video obtained by state police showed an older man dressed in black walking along Cadogan-Slate Lick Road toward Ford City around 4:15 a.m. Dec. 26 in the area of The Villa restaurant. It unknown if Himes is the man in the video, but Graham described Himes as an active man who walked daily and could easily have walked the four-plus miles to Ford City.
There also was an alleged sighting of Himes at J & J’s restaurant in Mt. Washington shortly after his disappearance, but Graham said no other sightings corroborated his presence there.
Anyone with information should call state police in Kittanning at 724-543-2011.
Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary Ann at 724-226-4691, [email protected] or via Twitter @MaThomas_Trib.