Archive for Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Extensive search continues for man who disappeared

October 4, 2000

t difficult to imagine what happened to John Brezgiel after he left Leavenworth Plaza two weeks ago.

It possible he drove to his son neighborhood in Lee Summit, Mo. Residents of the neighborhood saw a car similar to the Brezgielsin the area. But it disappeared within a few hours.

Brezgiel, 73, has lived near Jarbalo for the past 30 years. Recently, his wife said, because of the effects of Parkinson disease, his mental and physical health has been failing. He takes medication to ease the physical effects and other medication to help alleviate the hallucinations that have plagued him in recent months, she said.

Two weeks ago today, Brezgiel made the trip to the Leavenworth Price Chopper store for coffee and socializing with friends. Then he joined a friend at Leavenworth Plaza. As the friend exercised by walking in the mall, Brezgiel rested. The two friends visited the J.C. Penney store before leaving the shopping area. Brezgiel seemed fine.

But when his wife, Scotty, came home about 6 p.m. that day, she knew he hadn returned to their house. Immediately, she and friends began looking. Law enforcement officers joined the extensive search. So far, it turned up nothing.

t just doesn make sense,said Scotty Brezgiel. t just leads nowhere.
She said it possible that hunters might turn something up as they take to the fields and back roads of northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri.

She said her husband, without medication, likely became disoriented. But she convinced he would ask for help. He probably was carrying no more than $80. Neither his credit cards nor his ATM card has been used.

othing fits absolutely nothing,she said.

Leavenworth County sheriff detective Ron Ewert also is mystified.

ee had several calls through this whole thing that looked good, but we can verify any of them at all,he said. e haven verified that anyone has actually seen him.

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