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Man with memory issues missing in Plymouth after leaving hospital

Family desperate for man who went missing in Plymouth after leaving hospital to "come home"
Family desperate for man who went missing in Plymouth after leaving hospital to "come home" 02:32

PLYMOUTH - Police are searching for a man with memory issues who has gone missing after being discharged from a hospital in Plymouth.

Rodney Riviello, 69, has been missing since 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday. Riviello family

Missing man in Plymouth

Rodney Riviello, 69, has been missing since 11:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, after he was discharged from Beth Israel Plymouth Hospital. His family said he was discharged with no phone or wallet and that they were not notified.

Rodney Riviello has been missing since Tuesday, June 18.

Rodney is bald and has brown eyes. He is 5'10" and 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing a collar-striped shirt, blue shorts, and a New York Yankees baseball hat. He also goes by Rod and may have a bandage on his arm. He currently lives in Manomet and is believed to be traveling on foot.

Rodney suffers from dementia-like symptoms after several mini-strokes. His family is desperate to have him home.

"Come home. We're not mad, and we miss you so much. We want you to be ok," his daughter Michelle Norris says.

He had been admitted to the hospital after receiving a head injury and being dropped off by the fire department. His family believes he went on his daily walk Tuesday morning, but they couldn't reach him after 7 a.m. A neighbor confirmed that he wasn't home. 

His family reported him missing at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.  

The hospital has not given the family any information about his stay with them because of HIPPA laws, according to the family. 

"His 70th birthday is in just a few weeks, and we're not giving up," says Rodney Rivello's son, Dan.  

Possible sighting

Over 100 police officers and dozens of K9 units continued searching for Rodney throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday day, but they have not found him.

Rodney was seen on Sandwich Street heading toward Warren Street in Plymouth. His last possible sighting was on Cherry Street in Plymouth around 2:30 p.m., according to his family.

His family is asking people to check their sheds, yards, security cameras, and doorbell cameras for any sighting of their father. 

One man has joined in the search despite not knowing the family personally.

"Well, my girlfriend's dad has dementia, so it kinda hits home for the family. Gotta get out and try if we can," says Plymouth neighbor Kevin Easingwood 

If you have any information about Rodney's whereabouts, please contact Plymouth Police at 508-830-4218 or call 911.

Police looking for vehicle

Plymouth Police are looking to speak with a person who picked someone up in the Beth Israel Plymouth Hospital driveway around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. They said the driver was heading toward the rotary at Plymouth North High School. 

"This may or may not be related to a missing person, Rodney Riviello," police said on Facebook.

Plymouth Police

They are asking anyone who knows the vehicle or operator to please call them.

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