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Silver Alert issued for missing Sarasota man, 85

SARASOTA -- Authorities have issued a Silver Alert for a missing 85-year-old Sarasota man with dementia, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Newton Humphrey Whidden was last heard from about 10 p.m. Monday when he telephoned a friend. His phone was later found at a pharmacy on Siesta Key.

"A place Mr. Whidden might visit is a cemetery near Horse Creek in Desoto County," a news release states.

Whidden drives a white 2000 Dodge Caravan Tiara, with Florida tag A183XI.

He stands 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds, with gray hair and hazel eyes. He was possibly wearing a long sleeve paid shirt and brown or gold pants.

Anyone with information on Whidden's whereabouts can call 911 or 941-316-1201.

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