The family of a missing Coquitlam man with Alzheimer's disease made an emotional plea to the public Thursday in an effort to find him.
Shin Ik Noh, 64, was last seen by his wife at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday before he left his house near Lansdowne Drive and Guildford Way for his morning walk. When he didn't return a few hours later, the family called police.
Noh's son Sam asked for the public to keep a look out for his father in the Tri-Cities.
"Because of his Alzheimer's he gets lost easily and gets confused, so he's really scared right now," Noh's son said.
Noh tends to frequent fastfood restaurants, especially McDonald's for coffee. He also liked to visit Port Moody's Rocky Point.
Noh primarily speaks Korean, but may call his children's names - Sam and Rebecca - in English.
Coquitlam Mounties called in their helicopter and Coquitlam Search and Rescue to help in the search, but as of Thursday afternoon, Noh was still missing.
The family also detailed the struggle of having a member suffering from Alzheimer's.
Sam said his dad, who was a pastor, loved life and helping people. However, he can no longer communicate and do the things he was good at.
"We can't constrain him but with Alzheimer's you get angry, but that's not his true personality," Sam said. "It's unfortunate with this disease, it got the best of him."
He is described as Korean, standing five feet six-inches tall, average build, clean shaven with short black hair greying on the sides.
He was wearing a black New York Rangers cap, a green and navy blue long sleeved plaid shirt, dark green pants and black dress shoes.
Anyone who spots Noh is asked to call the police and quote Coquitlam RCMP file number 2013-27945.
The public can also call the detachment's missing person unit at 604-945-1550.
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