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January 15, 2014

Family searches for disabled man last seen Dec. 7

HAVERHILL — Linda Morse of Haverhill has been searching for her cousin, David Ford, for over a month.

She said Ford, 53, who is disabled, was last seen Dec. 7 by his roommate at the apartment they shared on Baldwin Street in the Mount Washington neighborhood.

Morse said she got a call the following Monday from the person assigned to manage Ford’s finances. She said Ford has mental health issues that require him to take medication and that he hasn’t taken his meds since he became missing.

Morse said Ford’s sister in Nashua, N.H. last spoke to him on the phone several days before he was last seen and that his sister has not heard from him since.

Morse, who serves as Ford’s power of attorney, said a missing person’s report was filed with police.

Morse said she’s been in communication with police, who have been searching for Ford, and that she’s gotten involved in the search as well.

She said police along with a K-9 team conducted a search of the East Broadway neighborhood, as the area is familiar to Ford, as well as the Riverside neighborhood near Trinity Stadium, where Ford likes to walk, meet up with his older brother, Dennis Ford, and enjoy a cup of coffee together.

They could not find any trace of Ford, Morse said.

“I’ve been posting flyers and I also posted a message and his picture on my Facebook page,” she said. “The only responses I’ve received are from people who said they know my cousin, but they haven’t seen him.”

Morse said her cousin, a lifelong resident of Haverhill, never fails to meet his “rep payee” on Mondays as he is eager to receive spending money to purchase things for himself, such as meals, coffee and bus fare.

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