Police seek public’s help to find missing Sterling man

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published February 14, 2020

  John Williams Jr., 70, went missing after an appointment at a Detroit veterans hospital.

John Williams Jr., 70, went missing after an appointment at a Detroit veterans hospital.

Photo provided by the Sterling Heights Police Department

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Sterling Heights police are looking for a missing man who was last seen at a veterans hospital in Detroit.

Police said John Williams Jr., 70, reportedly left his Sterling Heights home Feb. 13 at around 10 a.m. for an appointment at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit. He checked in at 1 p.m. for his 1:20 p.m. appointment and checked out around 1:41 p.m., police said. Since then, no one has reported seeing him.

His wife alerted police after midnight Feb. 14 that he was missing. She said he seemed normal when he left. He left with his cellphone, though it later appeared to be off, police said.

Williams is described as a black man who is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 174 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. When last seen, he was wearing a black coat, a blue sweater, blue pants, blue dress shoes and a black winter hat. 

“John is in good mental condition but suffers partial paralysis on his right side from a previous stroke,” police stated.

He reportedly was driving a green and silver 2002 Dodge Ram conversion van. His Michigan license plate is a handicap one with the number 3357G0. Police believe that the van has dents on the front bumper and the passenger side doors. 

Sterling Heights police are asking the public for help. Anyone who knows more information or who has seen John Williams Jr. should call the Police Department at (586) 446-2832.

Call Staff Writer Eric Czarnik at (586) 498-1058.

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