WAXAHACHIE — Four days after his disappearance and despite a canine unit scouring the area, police are still searching for 79-year-old Leverne Berry.
The Waxahachie resident was reported missing to police at about 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7 by his wife, Carolyn.
According to a release issued by the Waxahachie Police Department, members of the Mark 9 Search and Rescue team deployed a canine unit to conduct an open-air search at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9 in an attempt to locate Berry. Efforts to find Berry, who has been entered into the Texas Crime Information Center and National Crime Information Center database as a missing person, were unsuccessful.
The Texas Department of Public Safety initially issued a statewide silver alert for Berry at 4:07 p.m. on Tuesday. According to Waxahachie Police Department Det. Casey Borders, Berry left his residence in the 400 block of Wyatt Street on foot wearing blue jeans and a long sleeve maroon and beige colored shirt. Berry has a full gray beard and has been diagnosed with Dementia.
Berry’s sister-in-law, Peggy Davis, stated the family has talked with Berry’s friends, visited places he frequented and looked for him in neighboring cities, such as Italy.
“He went somewhere on Monday morning. We don’t know where or when. I don’t have any idea where he has gone. My sister went to sleep and he was outside on the porch. When she woke up he was gone,” Davis said. "He does not hang out with too many people. He might walk to the store on Martin Luther King Jr. (Boulevard) and back. We are checking with people that he would normally talk to.”
Davis describes her brother-in-law as a very approachable and talkative person with a big smile. She added Berry has a slim build, stands about 5-foot-8 and is between 180 – 200 pounds.
Borders asks people who have information about Berry’s whereabouts to contact him at the police department or to contact the law enforcement agency in their area. Borders can be reached the at the police department at 469-309-4441. The Waxahachie Police Department is located at 216 N. College St. in downtown Waxahachie.