Coley Patterson Sr.
Patterson, approximately 2009
Date reported missing : 10/16/2006
Missing location (approx) :
Kershaw, South Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 10/11/1927 (93)
Age at the time of disappearance: 79 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 180 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A light blue shirt, blue jeans or blue denim overalls, a navy blue jacket, a green hat and loafers.
Medical conditions : Patterson was in the early stAge at the time of disappearance: s of Alzheimer's Disease at the time of his disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Patterson was last seen in Kershaw, South Carolina on October 16, 2006. He left his sister's home and has never been heard from again.
He was last seen near his home on Fork Hill Road, walking near the intersection of Pleasant Plains Road, at 4:00 p.m. An extensive search of the area revealed no sign of him, but searchers did find his hat and one of his shoes.
Patterson's family hopes he is still alive. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Lancaster County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
WIS News 10
Unsolved in the News
The Charlotte Observer
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