• Family desperate to find man who's been missing for nearly a month

    By: Berndt Petersen

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    LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. - A Lumpkin County family is desperate to find a loved one who hasn’t been seen or heard from for nearly a month. They told Channel 2 Action News 56-year-old William Garner has serious medical problems and is without his many medications.

    Garner’s brother, Tracy, and his fiancée Lillie Patton said for the last four weeks they’ve barely slept a wink.

    "He's loved and he's missed. We are all concerned for his safety,” Tracy Garner said.

    The family said in late April, Garner was checked into a mental health facility in Gwinnett County after a suicide attempt.  

    After 10 days of treatment, police said, he was taken to a homeless shelter in southwest Atlanta. But the family told Channel 2 Action News he never checked in there.


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    "We didn’t find any evidence of foul play. And right now, we have evidence to believe he is of sound mind,” police Cpl. Michele Pihera said.

    Gwinnett police have a detective assigned to the case and put together a report after the missing man’s family contacted them.  

    The family said Garner has no access to many necessary prescriptions.  

    "He don't have a phone. He don't have his medication. As far as we know, all he had when they dropped him off is the clothes he went down there with,” Patton said.

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