Search for missing man suspended

March 15, 2009 3:41:39 PM PDT
The Monterey County Sheriff's Office has suspended its search for an 82-year-old man who went missing Wednesday morning while doing yard work.

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The search for Pacific Grove resident John Herbert Hauswirth was put on hold Saturday afternoon, sheriff's Sgt. Ed Olson said.

"What was suspended was the proactive effort," Olson said "If we get reports of spottings, we will follow up on them."

Hauswirth disappeared from the yard of a rental property he and his wife own at 305 Euclid St. in Monterey, police said.

At about 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Hauswirth was spotted near Monastery Beach. Witnesses reported that Hauswirth had approached them and asked the location of the nearest restroom.

Agencies including the sheriff's office, the U.S. Coast Guard and the state Office of Emergency Services searched the area with K-9 units and a helicopter.

Hauswirth suffers from dementia and has wandered away from his home in Pacific Grove before, according to Monterey police.

He was last seen wearing a blue jacket with green pockets, a white and gray sweater, blue jeans and white sneakers. Hauswirth is 5 feet 7 inches tall, with brown hair, blue eyes and a brown mustache. He weighs 160 pounds.

Anyone who spots Hauswirth should call 911 immediately, or the Monterey County Sheriff's office at (831) 646-3914.

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