Thomas Joseph Morgan

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Above: Morgan, circa 2010

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 15, 2010 from Lakeland, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 27, 1924
  • Age: 85 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7 - 5'9, 110 - 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. White hair, blue/green/hazel eyes. Morgan is balding. He has a mole on his cheek. His nickname is Tom.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A dark blue, gray and white plaid flannel shirt, black pants and shoes with the laces cut out.
  • Medical Conditions: Morgan suffers from Alzheimer's Disease; he was diagnosed about five years before his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Morgan was last seen in a swampy area near his home in north Lakeland, Florida on March 15, 2010. He walked away from his residence in the 1600 block of Country Meadow Drive at approximately 3:30 p.m. to take a walk, and never returned. He didn't take any food, water or belongings with him. Some witnesses saw him about a mile from his house at 4:00 p.m., walking towards Rockridge Road near the Green Swamp. This was the last sighting of him.

    Morgan's wife died in 2001. He lived with his daughter and her boyfriend on a six-acre property at the time of his disappearance; they moved there in 2007. His daughter had decided to care for him herself rather than put him in a nursing home. He does not drive, but he enjoyed going for long walks. Morgan had wandered away from his previous residence in Hillsborough, Florida several times, but only for short periods, and he had never wandered away from his Lakeland property before.

    An extensive search of the area turned up no indication of Morgan's whereabouts. His daughter believes he may have accepted a ride from a passing motorist who was unaware of his mental state. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Polk County Sheriff's Office
    863-533-0344

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The Lakeland Ledger
    ABC Action News
    The Tampa Tribune

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 7, 2010; casefile added.

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