Silver Alert issued for missing Palm Coast man, 79

William Wheat and similar truck to one he may be driving
William Wheat and similar truck to one he may be driving

PALM COAST, Fla. – Flagler County sheriff’s deputies need the public’s help to locate a 79-year-old Palm Coast man who is considered missing and endangered and has dementia.

A statewide Silver Alert was issued at 3 p.m. Monday for William Nicholson Wheat of 14 Llewellyn Trail in Palm Coast. He has also been entered into a national database as missing.

Wheat was last seen Sunday at 3 p.m. at his home in Palm Coast. He last spoke with his wife, Donna, at 7 p.m. Sunday and is believed to be driving a 2015 blue Dodge Ram 1500 two-door truck with Florida tag 873-8HV.

Wheat is described as white, 5 feet, 11 inches tall; he weighs 130 pounds, has gray hair, blue eyes and surgical scars on both sides of his neck. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, jeans and dark shoes.

He and his family also have a home in Putnam County and Wheat often drives back and forth between homes. A family member was going to drive the route Monday to see if he could locate Wheat. However, Putnam County officials were asked to check the home there and Wheat was not located.

Wheat also has a cousin in Foley, Ala., and might be driving there. Flagler County sheriff’s deputies have contacted area hospitals between Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties, but he has not shown up at any of those facilities.

Deputies have contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and have asked for a Silver Alert to be generated. The FDLE has activated the Silver Alert system, a system that uses the media and dynamic message signs along Florida roadways to alert citizens of the missing person and the vehicle the person was last seen driving. For more information on Florida’s Silver Alert program, please visit www.floridasilveralert.com.

If anyone sees Wheat, please call local law enforcement immediately, or the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at 386-313-4911.