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Have you seen this man?

Thursday, March 16, 2006

By IVY HERRON / missivy1964@yahoo.com

After desperately searching for a week, the family of Don McLin, 46, of Brazil, is asking for the public's help in finding their loved one.

Chenoa Mankin, and her fiancé Mark Hall, took time from the search to stop by The Brazil Times Thursday morning.

"We all just want him to come home, especially our little girl," Chenoa said.

"Harleyquinn keeps asking where her grandpa is and we don't know what to tell her," Mark said. "All she knows is that she just wants grandpa back. This has been hard on us all."

McLin had been upset recently over some personal matters and has become mentally distraught and is in need of medical treatment. The search for him has been filled with frustration and near misses for the family.

"We've been passing out flyers all over the place and just missed him twice," Mark said.

On March 10, McLin left his home early in the morning and traveled east toward Cloverdale in his pickup truck until he ran out of gas.

"We figure he went that way because he used to live there," Mark said, trying to make sense of the mystery of why his father-in-law left.

Late Friday afternoon, officers from the Putnam County Sheriff's Department and the Indiana State Police found McLin standing on the ledge of the Poland/Manhatten bridge located at the 35-mile marker over I-70. After talking him down, McLin asked officers for medical help and was transported to Union Hospital for treatment. But when left alone to wait for an examination, he wandered away from the facility and disappeared into the unfamiliar streets of Terre Haute.

"We figured he just got nervous and scared being in a strange place, not knowing anyone," Chenoa said. "He could be trying to find his way home. I think he will stay in the populated areas of Terre Haute, places that look familiar to him, but I'm not sure."

McLin was next sighted at the Light House Mission, where he stayed Saturday night before disappearing the next afternoon.

"The people who spoke with him while he was there said he was very calm but stayed off to himself," Mark said. "He just left without saying a word to anyone. He's confused, but he's calm, so anyone can walk up and talk to him."

The third sighting was reported when Mark questioned a woman that worked at Baskin Robbins on Wabash Avenue in Terre Haute.

"I showed her a flyer and she said she had seen him that morning while going to work," he said. "He'd been at Krogers at 9 a.m. and we had just missed him, again. But at least we know he's alive."

That news is a comfort to family members who are scouring the area with flyers and waiting for phone calls from anyone with information about Don's whereabouts.

"We really appreciate everyone at the Brazil City Police and the Vigo County Sheriff's departments. They've been really great, but we need more help," Mark said.

Chenoa shook her head and added, "We need him to come home."

Officials confirm that McLin has a tall slender build, wears glasses, long greying hair and has recently trimmed his beard. He was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and carrying a bag in the area of Wabash Ave. and 25th Street in Terre Haute.

To report information 24-hours a day, please contact the Vigo County Sheriff's Department at 812-232-3801, the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211 or the family at 443-5036 or 443-6053.

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