UPDATE: Authorities find missing 70-year-old Ooltewah man

James Henry Cheeks / Photo contributed by Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: James Henry Cheeks has been found Wednesday night and he is safe. He has been taken to a local medical facility for review as a precaution.


The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is seeking help in locating a 70-year-old Ooltewah man who was reported missing Wednesday evening.

Deputies were dispatched to the 8300 block of Summitt Hill Court about 7:30 p.m. to take a report of a missing person, according to a department news release.

The family of James Henry Cheeks said Cheeks was last seen at his home Wednesday at about 4:30 p.m. The family told deputies that Cheeks suffers from dementia and Parkinson's.

Cheeks is described as an African-American man, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 167 pounds. He was last seen wearing gray pants, a cream color shirt and white tennis shoes.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has sent out a regional broadcast to area law enforcement and is continuing its search for Cheeks.

Anyone with information regarding the location of Cheeks, please call 423-622-0022.