• Family, friends of missing North Side man brave bitter cold, trying to find him


    PITTSBURGH - Family and friends of a missing North Side man braved the bitter cold to try to find him Monday.

    Walter Parker, 82, hasn’t been seen since Saturday at his home, and concern for his safety is growing.

    “I had come down the steps to let the dog out, and my dad was on the front porch in his jacket and cap.  He was ready to do his morning routine of taking a walk and taking a bus ride," said Parker’s daughter, Marie Parker.

    "He'd go out for two or three hours and then he would come back home, but this time was different.  He didn’t come back,” said Parker’s son, Mark Parker.

    Parker has mild dementia and macular degeneration. He always got on the bus in Brighton Heights and went to the West View Shopping Plaza.  There were never any problems, which is why the family is terrified.

    “The not knowing is killing us,” said Parker’s children.

    Family members and friends have searched the plaza, rode the bus route and put up pictures.

    Jen Melvin saw a Facebook post about Parker and initiated an impromptu search party Monday.  She's one of the many people on social media now helping the family. 

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