Port Authority police identify 85-year-old missing South Carolina man in Weehawken


While on patrol, a Port Authority police offer was approached by a “confused” elderly man in Weehawken who had actually been reported missing from South Carolina two days earlier, police said. 

Port Authority police car

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

A Port Authority police officer was on patrol near the Lincoln Tunnel entrance in Weehawken on Friday, when around 7 p.m., he was approached by an 85-year-old man driving a 1993 Chrysler New Yorker with South Carolina license plates, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

After stating he needed directions, the man was unable to clearly articulate where he wanted to go – sounding “confused” – with the officer eventually finding out the man had a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and drove trucks for a living, officials said.

The officer then performed a computer check, discovering that the man had been reported missing from South Carolina on Wednesday, August 26, authorities said.

The elderly man was then transported to Hoboken University Medical Center in an ambulance, with the officer initially on the scene contacting the man’s local police department in South Carolina, getting in touch with his son, police said.

The son, as well as other family members, agreed to travel from Society Hill, South Carolina to Hoboken to pick the man up from the hospital, officials said.