Family of missing Charlotte man with cognitive, medical issues ‘very concerned'

Police looking for missing man with cognitive issues

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is asking the public for help in locating a 38-year-old man who has been diagnosed with cognitive and medical issues.

Devray Nelson left his home around 2 p.m. on Thursday and has not returned. A Silver Alert was issued for him on Tuesday.

Friday, police said family was growing “very concerned” about Nelson. Police say they are continuing their efforts to find Nelson, including holding a press briefing to update the public on the case.

Police said that after the 38-year-old did not return home, a family member became concerned and contacted CMPD. There have several reports of sightings since, but police say none have panned out.

Officers say Nelson “really can’t make decisions or support himself” and needs his family with him.

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Nelson is known to ride his bike in the area of Phillips Place and around the SouthPark Mall area, but he may be trying to make his way to Statesville, according to police.

Nelson has a prosthetic lower leg and walks with a distinctive heavy-footed gait. Nelson’s bike, which police believe he may have left on, is described as being black and blue with blue wheels.

Nelson is described as a black male, 5 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs about 135 pounds. He was last seen wearing jeans and a blue or white shirt.

Anyone with information on Nelson’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately. The public can also reach officials at 704-336-3237.

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