Elderly man leaves South County hospital before getting medicine, police say

Police search for missing 76-year-old man, Jerald Townsend.
Police search for missing 76-year-old man, Jerald Townsend.(St. Louis County Police)
Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 6:07 AM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - Police are searching for a 76-year-old man who walked away from a hospital in south St. Louis County Monday evening.

Jerald Townsend, 76, reportedly left Mercy South Hospital on Kennerly Road before 5 p.m.

Police said Townsend, who is epileptic, was required to take a medicine dosage before he left the hospital. The missing man is about 6 foot 2 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. He was last wearing a black and white horizontal-striped shirt with black pants. Townsend also suffers from dementia and bipolar disorder.

Anyone with information should call the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210.