ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) - Alamogordo police are still searching for a 75-year-old man who walked away from a nursing home early Tuesday morning.
Now his worried son is demanding answers as the search produces no sign of William Buchanan.
It's been almost four full days since Doug Buchanan walked through the doors of Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Home to visit his father.
"You know, he'd ask, 'When am I getting out?' or say, "I want to go home,'" Buchanan said. "Not bad, but he did want to leave if he could."
But Buchanan never thought his dad, who was suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's and recovering from surgery, would act on his wishes and leave.
Then came the phone call from a Casa Arena Blanca worker around 2:40 a.m. Tuesday.
"She's like, 'I hate to leave a voice mail like this, but your dad has gone missing,'" Buchanan said.
No one from Casa Arena Blanca would talk to KRQE News 13 to explain the details surrounding William Buchanan's disappearance.
"We're going to find him," his son said. "He can't be that far, and we'll get down there and find him.
"I was there all night searching for him and didn't find him."
Alamogordo police say more than 500 man-hours have been put in to help locate Buchanan. They still have no leads and have begun to worry about finding him.
"The likelihood gets less and less as time goes by," Sgt. Tracy Corbett said.
Buchanan's son, however, is optimistic they will find William but is in disbelief that the facility meant to take care of his father just happened to lose him.
"They can say we didn't notice he was a flight risk at the time, but he's a dementia patient," Buchanan said.
He said security at the nursing home was basically nonexistent.
"In fact, the first few days I didn't even know I was supposed to sign in," said Doug. "I just walked in, went to his room and visited with him."
That is something Buchanan said he wishes he could do again.
Alamogordo police say they will continue to actively search for Buchanan and say anyone who sees him should contact them immediately.
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