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Cleveland police searching for elderly man who has not been seen by daughter since July

Officers received contradicting reports when the performed a welfare check Friday.
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CLEVELAND — Cleveland police are asking for the public's help finding an 86-year-old man who some loved ones claim has not been seen for almost six months.

According to a police report, officers were asked to perform a wellness check Friday morning at Joe Phelps' home on the 10900 block of Massie Avenue. Phelps' social worker claimed she had not heard from him since May or June of last year, and officers were unable to locate Phelps at the house.

The social worker says she spoke with Phelps' son (who apparently lives with his father at the house), but that he became "irate" when she questioned him about the elder Phelps' whereabouts. Authorities later spoke with the sun, who told them he and his father were at the grocery store. However, they did not return to the home.

Phelps' daughter later spoke with the cops, who told them she dad went missing in June or July of last year and that she had not seen him since. Neighbors did claim to have seen Phelps on Wednesday of this week, although his car was still parked outside the house.

Joe Phelps is described as being 5-foot-4 and weighing 140 pounds with gray hair and brown eyes. His daughter told officials she believes he is suffering from some form of dementia.

Anyone with information regarding Phelps' whereabouts is asked to immediately call 911.