Missing retired pastor, 73, found safe

Orlando police release no other details about James Blount


James Blount, a 73-year-old missing Orlando man, has been located, Orlando police said early Friday.

Blount's family said he was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for precautionary reasons.

No other details, including where he was found, have been released.


Orlando police are searching for 73-year-old James Blount who was last seen Wednesday in the Washington Shores neighborhood.

Police said Blount, who is a retired pastor, has dementia and was last seen on foot in the 800 block of Wooden Boulevard. He was wearing a blue polo, gray pants and tan shoes and a blue baseball cap.

Blount is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He is bald and has a full beard and mustache.

Authorities said Blount could be in the Winter Park area.

Blount's son, Jason Blount, said his father has been missing since noon Wednesday.

Jason Blount said that his father is well known in the community because of all the people he's helped.

"He's out there somewhere," said Blount. "We are people of faith. So, you know we are trying to keep our faith at the same time and just make sure we stay positive as we can, so we can have a safe return for him."

Blount said that his father used to work at the downtown Christian Services Center, helping people in need. 

"Feeding the homeless for a very long time. He was a director there. So, you know he has a lot of ties here in the Orlando community where a lot of people know him," said Blount.
"A very dedicated pastor, so the impact of that, I'm praying the angels he's touched, will also reach out and pick him and hold him until we can get him here," said brother-in-law Kelvin Brown.

Anyone who has information on Blount's whereabouts is asked to call 911, or 407-914-4250 or 813-367-7154.

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