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Still no sign of elderly man who disappeared after crashing truck into railcar

Posted at 12:08 PM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 14:08:47-05

GOLDEN, Colo. — A nearly five-day search has failed to solve the mystery surrounding the disappearance of 87-year-old James Mitchell. 

The retired Postal worker vanished after crashing his truck into a railcar in Golden early Thursday morning. Blood was found inside the cab of the abandoned pickup truck after railroad workers came upon the crash scene, but Mitchell was nowhere to be found.

Authorities have searched for several miles in every direction from the crash site, including searches with drones and bloodhounds. They focused the search on the Tucker Gulch area after the dogs indicated something was there. However, police said Monday there were no new updates in the case.

Karlyn Tilley, a spokeswoman with Golden police, said that Mitchell had been in Arvada with friends Wednesday evening, and it was unclear why he was in Golden. Police said he may be suffering from dementia and crashed his truck sometime during the night. 

Police are asking people in Golden to check their backyards and sheds, in case Mitchell may be hiding or sleeping inside them.

Mitchell was last seen wearing a blue fleece vest, solid black short-sleeved shirt, khaki cargo pants and black athletic shoes with Velcro closures. Police say he does not have any identification or a cell phone with him.

He is described as being 5-feet 10-inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He has blue eyes and thinning gray hair. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Golden Police Department at 303-384-8045.