BUCKHANNON — He left his home Friday morning, possibly going to a local restaurant for breakfast, as was his custom.
But Jerry Koon, 58, of Buckhannon, didn’t return to his Barbour Street home. Jerry’s brother, Jesse Koon, said Jerry had a diabetic emergency Thursday but was released from the hospital that same night and returned home.
Although originally telling police that Jerry was last seen Saturday, Koon now believes it was Friday morning when he last heard his brother — but did not see him.
Koon was in his room when he heard Jerry leave the home and start his vehicle, a Kia Sportage, and leave for what Koon said he thought would be a morning at Audrey’s Downtown Restaurant, one of his brother’s favorites.
But Jerry never came home, and after a couple days, his family reported him missing.
Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory said there have been reports of Jerry being seen around town late last week, but nothing since then.
A Silver Alert has been issued for Jerry and he has been entered in the National Crime Incident Center database, both of which push the information out statewide, according to Gregory.
Be On the Look Out notices are also being pushed out for local law enforcement.
Jerry is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs 200 pounds, has short brown hair, green eyes and wears glasses. The Kia Sportage is tan with West Virginia registration WV 35366. Jerry is disabled and walks with the assistance of a cane or uses a motorized wheelchair.
Gregory said the BPD has been coordinating with the Buckhannon Fire Department, CERT, Upshur County Office of Emergency Management, Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, Upshur County E-911 and Upshur County EMS in its search efforts.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Mark Stewart at the Buckhannon Police Department at 304-472-5723 or through the Upshur County 911 Center at 304-472-9550.
Jesse said his brother served with Upshur EMS for a number of years and worked at Sharpe Hospital for nearly 20 years.
“There are a lot of people that love my brother,” he said of the support he and his family have received as word spread.
Lots of people are calling and stopping by to offer support, he added.
As they await news, Jesse said he is helping care for their 100-year-old mother.
“I don’t want nothing to happen to him,” he said.