Deputies search for missing man last seen visiting family in Kissimmee on Thanksgiving

Herman McClenton, 73, last seen near Secret Key Cove

Deputies are searching for a 73-year-old missing man who was last seen visiting relatives in Kissimmee on Thanksgiving.

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies are searching for a 73-year-old missing man who was last seen visiting relatives in Kissimmee on Thanksgiving.

Deputies said they responded around 4 p.m. Thursday to the vicinity of Secret Key Cove in Kissimmee, where Herman McClenton was reported missing.

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According to the sheriff’s office, McClenton is originally from the Eustis area, but was visiting family for the holiday.

McClenton was last seen wearing a red hat with a religious quote, a plaid shirt, blue jeans and black shoes, deputies said.

He is suspected to be on foot and his direction of travel is unknown, the sheriff’s office added.

McClenton has black hair and brown eyes. He is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 197 pounds.

In a news conference Saturday, Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez and McClenton’s family members called for more help from the public to find Herman.

“He suffers from dementia, we suspect no foul play at this time for his disappearance. We’ve been searching with the K-9, aviation, bloodhounds; we still haven’t been able to find him or locate him. We do have some videos of him running behind houses, walking behind houses, and actually in some areas just west of here, subdivisions that are connected. We’re still searching for him. You know, at this time we’re asking for your help. They’re visiting from Eustis, they were here on vacation for Thanksgiving and we’re turning to the public to help us out,” Lopez said.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of McClenton is asked to evaluate his well-being and contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 321-348-2222 or 911, referencing case No. 22i126351.

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