Bones identified as missing elderly man

LAWRENCEVILLE - Skeletal remains found by a jogger last week are those of a missing elderly man who could have suffered from dementia or Alzheimer's, police said Thursday.

A skull and some bones belonging to Jean Laguerre, 81, who disappeared nearly a year ago, were recovered on a bank of the Alcovy River in Lawrenceville, about two miles from where he was last seen.

Laguerre wandered off his daughter's front porch the night of Aug. 13 last year and was never seen again, despite police searches by land and air. An investigation by the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's office concluded Thursday that the bones were Laguerre's.

Forensic experts are in the process of determining the cause of death. Police do not suspect foul play, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli.

A jogger from South Carolina was visiting family on the Fourth of July weekend when he spotted the bones near Cassina Court on July 2.

Laguerre's daughter told police she'd left her father alone on the porch for about 30 minutes when he vanished. She said the native of Haiti, who spoke only Creole, was taking blood pressure medication and never left the home unaccompanied.

An independent study by a group called Safe Return determined Laguerre likely suffered from dementia or Alzheimer's.

A phone number listed for the family's home has been disconnected.

Laguerre's remains were the second skeletal findings reported by police last week.

Laborers in Dacula found the skeleton of an adult male near Ga. Highway 316 on June 29. The bones had apparently been exposed to the elements for more than a year.

Schiralli said investigators are awaiting medical records to determine an identity of the first skeleton found.