Police: Missing North Side man spotted at Rivers Casino



PITTSBURGH - A missing North Side man has been spotted at the Rivers Casino.

Walter Parker, 82, hasn’t been seen by his family since Saturday. 

Family members said he went out for his daily routine of riding the bus from Brighton Heights to the West View Shopping Plaza but never came home.

“We got a tip on Facebook that my dad was spotted at the casino last night at 11,” Parker’s daughter, Marie Parker, told Channel 11 reporter Courtney Brennan.

Police looked at surveillance video from the casino and said it was indeed Parker at the casino Monday.

Parker has mild dementia and macular degeneration.

“He made it through the coldest night,” said Marie Parker.

Parker’s family believes he has been riding the T and going to the casino, so the family has been riding the T and talking to people during their rides.

“We worked with a search dog today,” said Marie Parker.

Parker’s family said he hasn’t been himself since his wife died last month.

“They were together for 48 years, and he was missing her,” said Marie Parker.

Marie Parker thinks her dad is probably afraid and confused.

“If anybody approaches him, please be gentle and patient,” said Marie Parker.

On Monday, Parker’s friends and family braved the cold and searched for him. 

They were concerned about the bitter cold temperatures and remain concerned.


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