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Polk deputies seek help finding Alzheimer's patient, possibly armed

AUBURNDALE —— The Polk County Sheriff's Office asked for the public's help in locating Wayne Francis Wietting, 68, after he went missing Wednesday morning.

Authorities said Weitting, who is 5-foot-10 and weighs 230 pounds, was last seen at 9 a.m. Wednesday driving a maroon 2008 Chrysler Town and Country minivan with the Florida disabled veteran license plate WC12481. He was wearing black shorts, a blue T-shirt with a pocket and black-and-white slip-on shoes.

Weitting suffers from the early stages of Alzheimer's and has a history of mental illness. He apparently alluded to self-harm Tuesday before his disappearance, and authorities believed he may have a handgun with him.

The PCSO said Weitting may be traveling to Colorado. Anyone with information about Weitting's whereabouts was encouraged to call the Polk County Sheriff's Office at (863) 298-6200.