Winter Haven police locate missing and endangered 85-year-old man

Posted at 3:00 PM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 15:53:25-04

UPDATE: Mr. LaJoie was located safe in Indian Rocks and will be reunited with his family soon.

Thank you to everyone who shared the Silver Alert, which was vital in the safe recovery of Mr. Lajoie.


Winter Haven Police are searching for a missing and endangered elderly man who was last seen in Winter Haven on Tuesday.

85-year-old Robert LaJoie, who suffers from dementia, was last seen making a purchase at Walmart (7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven) at 10:33 a.m.

LaJoie's wife last saw him last night at their Winter Haven home on Carteret Drive. When she woke up late this morning, he was not at the home and their car was gone. Mrs. LaJoie called her adult son who immediately responded to the residence and then called law enforcement.

Officers were able to determine LaJoie's credit card was used at Walmart and upon reviewing the video, he is seen purchasing food.

LaJoie is 5'9" to 5'11" weighing approximately 115 pounds. He was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and tan or white pants. When he walked out of Walmart, he appeared confused as he wandered around the parking lot looking for his vehicle.

He left the parking lot in his 2011 4 door blue Lincoln MKZ - Florida tag# HJLJ42 in an unknown direction of travel.

Representative vehicle photo below:

Anyone who sees LaJoie is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.