Missing since July 5, 1999 from Litchfield, Connecticut
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
James Garris was last seen on July 5, 1999 at 06:00, at the Sarah Pierce Assisted Living Community where he resides. He had been living there for less than a week.
Staff at the convalescent home called police at 08:50 after failing to find Garris on their property.
James Garris retired from Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford in 1978, where he had worked as an engineer.
He was initially diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia in November 1998, and his ability to take care of himself deteriorated rapidly, leading to the decision to place him in the convalescent home. There were no indications that he was unhappy with the move from Granby to a convalescent home.
Family members described Garris as a man with a warm sense of humor that showed in his rich storytelling. He was a World War II pilot who flew in North Africa and Italy.
Investigators Connecticut State Police
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Connecticut State Police
Agency Case Number: L99-171553
The Hartford Courant
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