90-Year-Old Gaithersburg Man Disappeared on Way to Appointment: Police

The man suffers from dementia, Montgomery County police said.

William Robert Jett.(Credit: Montgomery County Police)
William Robert Jett.(Credit: Montgomery County Police)
Officials are asking the public for help in locating a Gaithersburg man who was last seen Thursday morning, according to Montgomery County Police.

William Robert Jett, 90, of the 18700 block of Walkers Choice Road, was last seen at 10 a.m. Thursday as he left for an appointment, police said.

He was driving a gold 1997 Toyota Camry with Maryland tag "ZEX676," according to police, who said he suffers from dementia.

Jett is described as a white man who is 6' tall, weighs 210 pounds, is balding with some gray hair, has a beard and wears gold glasses, according to the report.

Anyone who sees William Robert Jett or knows where he is may call 911.

Sharon May 09, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Can only hope and pray he is found safe! He is a Montgomery Village resident of Walker Choice. Sad but why is a man with two critical issues (90 years of age and also suffering from dementia) in possession of car keys and even allowed to drive?! Rhetorical! And driving himself to his own doctor appointment without the accompaniment of a family member or caregiver???!!!!! I have sadly witnessed firsthand (and heard too many cases as well) where CPS has failed in protecting children (arguing that they have too many cases to adequately follow up and thus losing our children through the red tape cracks) from cases of child abuse, neglect and endangerment; even death. But, with the elderly population on the rise (largest % populace) and also seeming increase (though always there but not recognized and even misdiagnosed for decades), shouldn't there be some State and/or County law where family members can be legally held responsible for the 'neglect and endangerment' of the elderly??? If that gentleman of such advanced age and known medical condition drove off from an Assisted Living facility i.e., his family would be suing that facility big time!!!! So where does his family's responsibility 'begin and end'??!!!!
Polly May 10, 2014 at 06:49 AM
@Sharon - I couldn't have said it better
Delia Leticia May 10, 2014 at 06:54 AM
Thank you Sharon for writing the truth! I also hope he is quickly found and cared for in a manner that benefits his well being in the best way possible.
GG Chet May 10, 2014 at 07:42 AM
so so sad. If there IS family...shame. If not...well sometimes these folks are quite adept at "masking" at times. My own mother was..sadly. Praying for a safe resolution & yes that those around...., especially in senior communities... be aware...
Ursula Kondo May 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Sharon, Have you lived with someone suffering from dementia? How can you pass judgement on a family, when you don't know what the circumstances are? It is not as easy as you think, to stop a loved one from driving and taking the keys away. Some dementia people can become violent and threaten the family members and anybody else, who tries to stop them from driving. Unless you want to call the police and have them committed to a nursing facility, you don't have much choice. Sometimes they are very good at faking it too. And maybe there is no family nearby and they don't know how bad the situation is. I am glad, that the man was found and hopefully someone can help him, so that this doesn't happen again.


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