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Police ask for help in finding missing Spokane man

Fri., Dec. 25, 2009, 5 p.m.

Spokane police are asking for help to find a 50-year-old man who is missing from an adult care facility near Chief Garry Park in central Spokane.

Officer Tim Moses said Randy Needham, who has the mental abilities of a 12-year-old, left his residence about 10 a.m. and hasn’t been seen since. Moses said Needham lives in a series of duplexes for people with special needs in the 2400 block of East Boone Avenue.

Needham checked in with a caretaker on site before 10 a.m. and told the caretaker that he had earlier tried to buy cigarettes at a nearby store that was closed.

Moses said Needham may have left to find an open store. Officers were told that he is extremely shy and may be unwilling to ask for help. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures to dip into the mid-teens tonight.

“We’re actively looking for him,” Moses said.

Needham was last seen wearing a Seahawks jacket with green trim and a stocking cap. Moses said Needham walks with his head down.

Police ask anyone who has information about Needham’s whereabouts to call 911 immediately.

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