Former CNN commentator and current political strategist Angela Rye is pleading with the public for information on her missing uncle. Jerry Rye, a 77-year-old Black male with dementia, was reported missing out of Tacoma, WA.
He is 6'4" tall with a very thin build. He has light brown skin, short salt and pepper hair, and a beard to match. He has brown eyes. He was last seen on Wednesday, February 9th. at his Renton apartment complex according to online, Washington-based publication Patch.
According to Angela Rye, her uncle left his home and ended up at a Safeway in Renton, WA where he passed out. Safeway staff then called Medics and he was taken to Valley General, the nearest hospital.
Jerry Rye was there for a few hours before this elderly man, showing obvious signs of dementia, was released without a single word to his family. Staff at Valley General never attempted to get an emergency contact. However, the hospital did not stop there in their incompetence. The confused man was given a bus pass, presumably to no longer be their problem.
The family notes that Jerry Rye had his cellphone with him. Though all of his family members are listed as contacts, not a single one was notified of where he was going or that he was brought in. In an interview with Breakfast Club that is linked above Angela states,
My Uncle doesn't look well. And so, I think they assumed that this Black man, this elderly Black man was homeless and that he wouldn't be able to pay the hospital bill. I don't think they gave a [expletive] about what would happen to him.
Angela Rye went on to say,
In my heart right now, I don't believe that he's dead. I just believe that he's lost.
As far as tracking his phone, Angela pointed out in the same interview that his phone is now dead, but the authorities failed to track it beforehand. Angela and her family have since contacted the staff at the bus station where he boarded. Jerry is seen getting onto the bus, with no sightings after that.
Renton PD advised on their Facebook page,
Family have been checking locations he's been known to frequent (downtown Safeway on S. 3rd and the adjacent 7-11), to include area hospitals, but have not been able to locate him. Jerry's loved ones are very concerned for his welfare as it's highly unusual for him to be gone for extended periods of time without contacting family.
According to the family, Jerry suffers from memory loss issues and health complications. He has no access to a car. Tacoma Police, Renton Police, and Federal Way Police are all asking residents to call 911 if they see him or have any information about his whereabouts.