Mattie's Call issued for missing elderly Duluth man

Herbert Shanks 

Herbert Shanks 

DULUTH — Authorities have issued a Mattie’s Call for a 74-year-old Duluth man suffering from mental illness after his family reported he’s been missing since Monday morning, police said.

Family members last saw Herbert Shanks about 9:30 a.m. at his condominium in the 3900 block of Stillwater Drive. He loaded bags into a white 1993 Ford Thunderbird with Maryland tag 8DVZ58 and drove away, possibly toward Maryland or metro Washington, police said.

Family members told police Shanks suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and is known to drive away from home, often for hours. He’s also known to frequent an area Wal-Mart and Big Lots, said Gwinnett police Cpl. Brian Kelly.

“He was reported missing when his family became concerned that he had far exceeded their normal expectations of his daily travels,” Kelly said.

Shanks is described as a black man, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 175 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes.

Police urge anyone with knowledge of Shanks’ whereabouts to call 911 or the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5100.