Neighbors Worried About Elderly Stockton Man Who Has Been Missing Nearly Two Months

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STOCKTON -- The house on the corner of Gail Court in Stockton sits still. No car in the driveway, windows and doors shut, no sign of the elderly man who lives there, no trace of 72-year-old Leonard Nedervelt.

"You know for an elderly man to just be missing is just, it’s scary to us,” neighbor Tami Serrato-Whelan said.

On Tuesday, the Stockton Police Department along with concerned neighbors and friends, met at the Van Buskirk Community Center.

"We all have our concerns, and we all want to help find Leonard,” Michelle Okazaki, a former co-worker explained. His friends have been searching for Nedervelt on their own, hoping to find clues to his disappearance. Investigators say Nedervelt was reported missing on Aug. 8. Officers found his house unlocked, his car in the driveway. Police said they’re not aware of any underlying medical issues.

They do know that the elderly man walked through his neighborhood often, walking his dog two to three times each day in Weston Ranch. He was last seen in early August.

"We believe something happened during one of the those walks,” Stockton police Sgt. Larry Lane said.

His dog has been found safe. As for his home, neighbors said it has been placed on the market by his stepson. Neighbors also say his stepson may have moved his car.

As Nedervelt’s disappearance enters its second month, neighbors and former co-workers have not lost hope of finding him.

"If he were someone’s child or someone’s mother… People would be looking everywhere for him. They would be turning over stones for him,” Okazaki said.

Nedervelt is described as 6 feet tall, 200 pounds. If you have any information about this missing person’s case please contact the Stockton Police Department’s missing person’s unit.


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