BRADENTON -- A 60-year-old man has disappeared from his assisted living facility for the second time this month, staff members told Manatee sheriff's deputies.
Daniel August Smith, a resident of Paradise Assisted Living Facility at 1207 30th Ave. E, may be in danger because he needs daily medication for seizures, according to a sheriff's report. He was last seen at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, sitting in the yard outside the facility.
He disappeared in the same manner on March 9, saying he was going to buy some root beer. He had recently been released from Manatee Memorial for treatment of severe seizures and he is taking medication for those seizures. He had been living at Paradise for five days before disappearing the first time.
The facility locks the doors at 11 p.m., and when Smith did not return, staff members called law enforcement both times.
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On March 10, all local hospitals were contacted and it was determined that Smith was not at any of the hospitals or in the Manatee County Jail. Deputies searched the area with a police dog, and they had a "strong track" that began in the 1200 block of 30th Avenue East into the parking lot of the Circle K, then continued southbound on 9th Street East to 53rd Avenue East. The track continued through the cemetery at the 1200 block 53rd Avenue East and out onto 15th Street East.
The bloodhound tracked across 15th Street East, southbound to the parking lot of Bubbas Too bar at 5435 15th St. E where the track ended, the report stated. The bar was checked and no one there had seen Smith.
Anyone with information should call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011.