CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- A 61-year-old Chesterfield man who has been missing since July 4 might have been sighted in Keene that same day.
According to Chesterfield Police Chief Lester Fairbanks, there have been some "fairly credible" reports that Ronald "Buddy" Cheever was seen walking along Route 9 after he was reported to have been headed in the direction of Pisgah State Park in the vicinity of Winchester Road.
"He's a super nice guy who has worked and raised a family in Chesterfield," said Fairbanks. "He is physically strong and can walk fairly well, but he's been taking this very slow journey into dementia."
Cheever's family has been canvassing the area with flyers and has been assisting in the search, said the chief.
Fairbanks said Cheever, prior to leaving his home on July 4, mentioned to a family member he wanted to go back to work in New York. The chief is also asking drivers to keep an eye out for hitchhikers who resemble Cheever.
This is not the first time Cheever has wandered away from home, said the chief. On previous trips to Pisgah he has made it home OK, but on other occasions he has been found unharmed on a park bench in Winchester and in Brattleboro, Vt.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division initiated a search of Pisgah over the weekend but to no avail. Cheever, who suffers from dementia, last seen walking south on Winchester Road in Chesterfield on Friday, July 4, at 1:30 p.m. Over the weekend, teams from New England K-9 Search and Rescue and Upper Valley Wilderness Response searched for him and Civil Air Patrol planes joined the search on Sunday.
Even though it appears he may no longer be in the park, hikers in Pisgah are urged to be vigilant.
Cheever is a white male, 5'7" tall, 180 pounds, with gray hair. Cheever was last seen wearing tan shorts, sneakers, a red rain coat and a tan Harley Davidson Motorcycle ball cap.
Anyone seeing someone fitting Cheever's description is asked to call Cheshire County Dispatch at 603-355-2000.
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