Silver Alert activated for man in Kenai

Update 1 p.m.:

The search is still on for an 81-year old man in the Kenai area after a Silver Alert was activated Saturday.

Lt. Ben Langham with the Kenai Police Department said officers are searching for Oscar Rookard after he was last seen on Wednesday in Kenai. Rookard was reported missing to Kenai Police by a family member, Langham said.

“We’re checking known locations and we are actively looking for him,” he said.

Langham said one of two vehicles Rookard was thought to possibly be in has been eliminated. The rented silver Kia Optima was returned, so authorities have narrowed their search to a dark blue Dodge truck that has damage to the rear passenger door, Langham said.

The Silver Alert was activated for Rookard because there is concern about potential medical complications, Langham said. Those with information are encouraged to call the Kenai Police Department or the Silver Alert hotline at 1-855-745-8799, he said.

Original story:

A Silver Alert has been activated for an elderly man by the Alaska Department of Public Safety and the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Oscar Rookard, 81, was last seen at 506 Highbush Lane in Kenai, according to a notice from the Alaska Department of Public Safety. The Kenai Police Department is asking for assistance in finding Rookard, according to the Silver Alert.

Rookard was last seen wearing dark pants, a white t-shirt and potentially a “flannel button down shirt,” according to the alert. He is described in the alert to be 104 pounds with brown eyes and gray hair, standing at 5 feet 5 inches.

The man could be driving either a dark blue Dodge truck “with a topper and damage to the rear passenger side door,” or a rented silver Kia Optima, according to the alert.

Anyone with information should call 911, or the Silver Alert hotline at 1-855-745-8799, according to the alert.

Reach Megan Pacer at megan.pacer@peninsulaclarion.com.

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