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Missing man last seen near granddaughter’s home

Spokane police this morning said they are still looking for a man who went missing Tuesday.

James J. Skelton, 53, was last seen walking away from his granddaughter’s home near the 1300 block of East Courtland Avenue. He was there to give her a ride to his house.

His car was outside the granddaughter’s home, and a resident reported seeing him walking down the alley. He has a medical condition that requires ongoing treatment and he walks with a cane, police said.

Skelton was last seen wearing glasses, a U.S. Marine jacket, red T-shirt, black jeans and beige baseball cap.



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