University of Delaware
John Dohms

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UD offers $10,000 reward in search for missing retired professor


3:44 p.m., Oct. 8, 2012--The University of Delaware is offering a $10,000 reward for locating John Dohms, a retired UD professor who has been missing since Sept. 13.

According to Newark Police, Dohms suffers from dementia and did not return to his home in Newark as expected. 

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Dohms was last seen walking northbound on Creek Road into White Clay Creek State Park around 3 p.m., Sept. 13. He was wearing a bright green button-down shirt, green socks with white tennis shoes and khaki shorts and might have a set of binoculars in his possession. He has a MedicAlert bracelet on his left wrist.

Newark Police continue to investigate this incident as a missing persons investigation and do not suspect foul play in his disappearance. They are seeking the public's assistance and encourage residents of northern Newark, Hockessin and southern Chester County, Pa., to check their sheds, outbuildings, cars, under decks or other places of shelter. 

Dohms is known to frequent stores in and around Main Street, the Pomeroy Trail, city and state parkland off Paper Mill Road and University facilities. He also frequents trails in and around White Clay Creek State Park. 

Click here for a PDF of the poster issued by Newark Police. 

The family has created a special Facebook page about the search. 

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call 911 immediately. 

University of Delaware Police have been supporting the search effort by Newark Police, and notices about the search have been issued to the University community. 

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