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Bloodhounds used in elderly man search

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NORTH MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Police are using bloodhounds after a city watch alert was issued for 93-year-old L. P. Baker, Sr., of Memphis, who was last seen Nov. 8.

His fiance told police she and Baker got into a fight Thursday night and he took off on foot.

"I'm hoping he'll walk back up," said Patricia Cox, fiance. "He just disappeared. Just like that, and when he walks he just shuffles so he couldn't have gotten anywhere far away fast, you know, somebody had to pick him up and take him somewhere."

The victim was sighted in the Leroy and Wells Station area on Friday, Nov. 9 between 1:30-2 p.m., police said.

Search crews with two bloodhounds are focusing on the 1600 block of Helsley Road in North Memphis. Crews are anxious to find Baker, especially considering the chilly Mid-South weather.

Missing persons investigators and volunteers from Search Dogs South were out in the neighborhood looking for Baker. One of the bloodhounds had Baker's scent, but it led the team in a circle.

He was spotted in the neighborhood on Friday but searchers came up empty here. They say he may have gotten into a car.

"It's not a good situation for him to be in especially with the way the forecast is going to hit freezing (Monday night)," said Bob Weible of Search Dogs South. "So we had hoped that we might come up with something that would help lead to where he is or maybe somebody would find him and kind of capture him and hold him until the police pick him up to take him home."

In the meantime, Cox is waiting at home for her fiance. Even at 93 she says Baker is still active, cooking her breakfast in the mornings.

"It hurts, it hurts when you lose someone you love, real bad," she said. "I know that this is out of the norm because this is not L. P. and something ain't right. Something's just not right."

Baker was last seen wearing a tan leather and suede jacket, blue button down shirt, black jeans, and tan shoes. If you have seen Baker or someone matching his description, you are encouraged to call Missing Persons at 901-636-4479.

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