Family pleads for help in search of missing elderly veteran

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The search continues for a missing elderly man out of the northland, his family left with more questions than leads. Police say a neighbor last saw 86-year-old Ronald Freeman July 11 at his home in the 6900 block of N.W. 77th Street.

Ronald Freeman (Credit: KCPD)

Ronald Freeman (Credit: KCPD)

Two of Freeman’s sons, his daughter-in-law and granddaughter decided to take their desperate search to the street Monday with flyers.

“It’s strange. It’s all a puzzle to us and mentally mind boggling,” said Shannon Freeman.

His family said the veteran doesn’t have a car or his own cell phone.

“He does have that PTSD from the wars,” he said.

The Freemans are worried something might’ve snapped.

Shannon Freeman said, “Maybe he’s had a flashback or something flipped in his mind where he’s back in the war. That’s what we’ve been trying to put together.”

His family says it’s not like him to just vanish. They say each day that passes just intensifies the helplessness.

With tears, Shannon Freeman continued, “I got a lot going on right now, and my brother’s here from Florida, the reality is really setting in. It’s tough.”

Randall Freeman, Shannon’s brother, lives out of state and flew in to help.

“I talk to him at least once a week. I just didn’t understand. This is not like my dad. He usually lets me know what’s going on,” said Randall Freeman.

Two brothers anxious for any word at all about the man who raised them.

“Dad if you’re out there, let us know something. I hope he’s alive and okay,” they said.

Police say Freeman is “a white male who is 6 feet tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He has gray hair and hazel eyes. He was wearing in unknown-color T-shirt and blue jeans.

His family says he’s got a beard, and his hair is longer than in the picture shown.

If you have any information that can help detectives, call non-emergency police line: 816-234-5000.