DETROIT (WWJ) – A Detroit family continues their desperate search for an elderly loved one missing since last month.
The 79-year-old Robert Butts Sr. walked away from his west side home, near Joy and Dexter, last Tuesday wearing only his pajamas. Family members say Butts, who suffers from dementia, exited the house, located at 9907 Cascade at Boston Blvd., through a bedroom window.
His son Robert, Jr. said the family has been searching around the clock.
“It’s been really hard on the family … breaking down,” he said. “I think all of us had our moments when we broke down, just started crying … but we’re very thankful for the members and people that’s calling and saying that they’re praying for the family.”
Butts’ granddaughter Lucy said they did get a tip from someone who might have seen him.
“He was digging through a trash can and she assumed that he was homeless. And that was a lesson to me, myself, as well … not every person is homeless,” she said. “My grandfather has no coat. He has on no shoes, but he’s not homeless. He has a home. He has children that love him.”
Robert Butts, a father of 10, is a retiree from the City of Detroit and a longtime deacon at his church.
CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for tips in the case. If you think you may have seen this missing man, call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) SPEAK-UP. You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637).