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Police searching for missing person

Timothy Larson last seen on Jan. 18

February 2, 2011
By AMBER WILLIAMS Messenger staff writer

Fort Dodge police report that the department has exhausted all leads in search of Timothy Larson, 52, of Fort Dodge. He was reported missing by neighbors in his apartment complex on South 15th Street Jan. 18.

"We have nothing that indicates foul play," said Police Chief Tim Carmody. "But we've followed all leads. Now we're asking for the public's help. We're concerned about his health and safety, but also for the peace of mind of his family members."

Carmody said Larson has not checked in with his sisters in Fort Dodge and Newton or his mother in Texas in more than two weeks. They are concerned about his health because it appears Larson did not take his prescription medications with him nor has he gotten more from local pharmacies, according to the investigating officer, Lt. Dennis Merca.

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"It isn't life threatening, but it's important he takes his meds," Carmody said.

Larson is white, six feet tall, 180 pounds with green eyes and what officers describe as "longish salt and pepper-colored hair," sometimes with a beard. Larson was often seen wearing an Army coat walking downtown Fort Dodge or on the northwest side of town.

The neighbor who reported him missing said Larson had mentioned he was going to go to a Jan. 14 event in Des Moines, and the last time he saw him was a couple days before that event, Merca said. No one knows if Larson ever made it to Des Moines, but he did not own a car, according to officials.

Police believe Larson is unaware of his missing person status.

"If anybody has seen him or had contact with him, we need them to let us know or tell him to contact us," Carmody said.

The Fort Dodge Police Department can be reached at 573-1426.

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