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1/4/2014 1:05:00 PM
Public's help needed to locate missing Camp Verde man
Lewis Schultz
Lewis Schultz

CAMP VERDE -- The Camp Verde Marshal's Office is seeking public and law enforcement help in locating Lewis Schultz, a missing Camp Verde man who suffers from Alzheimer's and dementia.

Lewis Schultz, 84, was last seen leaving his residence at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday.

The missing man's wife reported him missing after he failed to return home from a supposed visit to a Habitat for Humanity store in the Prescott area.

However, Schultz had also reportedly told a neighbor he was headed to an unknown address in the Phoenix area to look at a used car for sale.

Neither his wife nor the neighbor has heard from him since.

Mr. Schultz left his residence driving his white colored, 2012 Ford Edge bearing an Arizona License Plate 135-LNC.

The vehicle also has a front license plate depicting the Camp Verde Calvary (rifle cross) insignia.

He is described as white, standing 6-foot-1, weighing 160 pounds with gray hair and blues eyes.

Schultz was last seen wearing a baseball cap and a denim jacket, but unknown colored slacks.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Lewis Schultz, or has seen the white Ford Edge you are encouraged to contact the Camp Verde Marshal's Office at (928) 554-8300 or 567-8552.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014
Article comment by: Nicole Schultz

In response to my statement, I agree that there are definitely other options and community resources. I myself, live out of state and was unaware of my grandfather's cognitive skills and impairments because the onset was so sudden. Alzheimer's is when one reaches the end stages of the disease process, my grandfather had Dementia which i believe was caused by his vascular issues. Perhaps I got a little carried away and emphasized on the title "license to kill" solely because it seemed rather insensitive during a difficult time for my family and I when we were more concerned about locating him. I think the comment was made to bring awareness and not fostered in a negative way and perhaps my own emotions got the best of me:) Very thankful to the people who found him and thankful for people who help maintain the elderly's dignity/independence by assisting w/transportation and resources.
RIP Grandpa...will be greatly missed!

Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Article comment by: @ Nicole Schultz

I recently gave a ride to an elderly gentleman walking to the nearest bus stop and then to a restaurant for breakfast. I drove him to the restaurant. He told me he was 86 and living alone. He'd stopped driving a few years earlier when it become clear his skills were declining.

I'm glad your grandfather was found OK. I hope you can find him alternative transportation and avoid a likely 'next time'. Are your family's only options really just a "long term care facility" and the strong possibility of a tragic accident?

The value of your grandfather's vehicle equates to a lot of public transport, cab fare, and restaurant breakfasts. With a bit of assistance from family and friends, a man can be "independent" without a motor vehicle.

Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Article comment by: Nicole Schultz

License to Kill!? What kind of title is that!?

Talk about making assumptions and being completely insensitive! Having a family member who struggles with Alzheimer's/dementia either induced by cardiovascular or other means can be very difficult to recognize at times. Many people like the man who went missing in this article, who happens to be my grandfather, are often extremely independent and active.Taking away that independence and placing someone in a long term care facility isn't always that black and white. While I agree that elderly drivers with these conditions are most definitely a hazard on the roadway, I would appreciate you not rushing to the comparison of one incident where a man killed 10 people, that's a seperate incident, you cant even mix the two! Teen drivers kill far more in motor vehicle accidents, so if you're going to raise an eyebrow of concern, look at the statistics and check your moral judgement!

Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014
Article comment by: License to kill?

Should an 84-year-old Alzheimers and dementia sufferer be piloting a 2-ton vehicle? Is there a driving test that would answer that question?

I recall the 2003 incident at a farmer's market in Santa Monica, CA, where 86-year-old George Weller apparently decided Arizona Avenue should not be closed and drove right through the crowd, reportedly yelling "get out of my way!" He killed 10 and injured 63.

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