published Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Grundy County man with schizophrenia goes missing


by Andrew Pantazi

A Grundy County man suffering from schizophrenia has been missing since Nov. 4, his family says.

Barbara and Ben DeBord received a call in early November telling them that their 49-year-old son, Barry, was picked up by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department after he’d been sitting in his car all day. The police took him to Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., where doctors said there was nothing wrong with him, according to his mom.

“Why did they let him go?” 76-year-old Barbara DeBord asked. “He’d been sitting his car all day.”

On Nov. 5, the police towed his car in Charlotte. Two days later, his parents filed a missing-person report.

His father picked up the car and brought it home to Grundy County.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department could not be reached by telephone Saturday.

Family members say Barry DeBord missed his Thursday appointment with his doctor.

His cousin, Misty Thurman, said he always wears gloves and always carries a briefcase with him. He has no cell phone and no credit card.

Normally, he lives alone. But he’s never gone missing like this, his parents say.

His parents ask that anyone who has information about Barry DeBord’s whereabouts call them at 423-881-3969.

about Andrew Pantazi...

Andrew Pantazi is an intern at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who says that when he was 7 he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life: play hockey for the Colorado Avalanche. Unfortunately, he says he wasn't any good at hockey, so he became a journalist instead. He writes about the lives we hide, like the man who suffered a stroke but smiled, or the football walk-on who endured 5 ...

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