Missing 86-year-old Ocala man found dead

Death of Richard Babston not suspicious

Marion County Sheriff's Office
Marion County Sheriff's Office

OCALA, Fla. – UPDATE: A missing 86-year-old Marion County man has been found dead, officials said Monday.

Authorities initially reported that Richard Babston had been located but did not say that he had died.

Babston’s death is not considered suspicious, according to deputies.

ORIGINAL STORY: Marion County deputies are searching for a missing and endangered man out of Ocala, according to a news release.

Richard Babston, 86, was last seen at an Ocala residence on Southwest 55th Court Sunday at 1:30 p.m., deputies said.

Investigators said Babston was last seen wearing a light colored plaid shirt, light blue jeans and black shoes.

Babston was described to deputies as having white hair and blue eyes, weighing 145 pounds, standing just over 6 feet tall.

Family said Babston left the residence on foot.

Babston’s family and law enforcement are concerned for his well being, according to a news release.

Anyone with any information on Richard’s whereabouts should immediately call 911.


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