82-Year-Old Garland Man Still Missing After 6 Weeks

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    Ann Ticknor is asking for the public's help in the search for her husband Hal Ticknor, who has been missing for six weeks. (Published Monday, Nov 25, 2013)

    A Garland family continues to search for an 82-year-old man who vanished six weeks ago while running an errand.

    Hal Ticknor, who has slight dementia, never returned home after an Oct. 11 trip to David's Meats, a store five miles from his home. His wife, children and grandchildren are worried about him.

    His wife had to celebrate their wedding anniversary without her husband of 57 years.

    "Well, it gets harder all the time," Ann Ticknor said. "Not only is it Thanksgiving, our anniversary was Friday. His birthday is the first of December -- all these things all at one time."

    Ticknor said her husband avoided highways when he drove and only went to places he knew. But somehow, he didn't return home from his errant.

    He was last spotted near Lake Ray Roberts asking for directions. He used his credit card a few times but hasn't used it in weeks.

    Ticknor wasn't carrying a phone, either.

    "He's one of these people -- no cellphones, no OnStar -- he didn't want any of those gadgets," Ann Ticknor said.

    Her husband graduated from Rice University and joined the Air Force. As an electrical engineer, he worked for Texas Instruments before he retired.

    She said Garland police, friends, family and members of their church have looked all over for her husband.

    Even hunters and people have searched large areas near Lake Ray Roberts looking for clues, Garland police spokesman Joe Harn said. He also said a crew with special equipment would be coming out to look in Lake Ray Roberts for Ticknor's car.

    Ticknor was last seen in a silver Chevy Equinox with Texas license plate 599 SNC.

    Ticknor's wife said she's leaning on her faith to keep her family strong. She's also asking anyone passing through the Lake Ray Roberts area to keep an eye out for clues for her husband's whereabouts.

    "We tend to text and email and have earphones in our ears," she said. "I just hope that people would open their eyes and open their hearts and help us look."

    Anyone with information can call Garland police at 972-485-4840.