Search for missing US tourist goes national (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV LAPPIN 05/28/12)
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An ongoing police search for a missing American tourist widened on
Monday far beyond the Bet She´an area, where the 80-year-old man was
Herman Kuehn, of Missouri, was last seen at 12:00 p.m. on Friday at
the site of ancient ruins in Bet She´an. His wife and fellow tourists
have since lost contact with him, sparking a large-scale ground
police search backed by a helicopter.
"We´ve widened the search to other areas, including Tiberius,
Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, and other tourist attraction centers," Beit
She’an police station chief, Dep.-Cmdr. Ran Ofir, told The Jerusalem
Ofir said police search teams, which included police on horseback,
Border Police, and IDF soldiers have fully covered the immediate area
around the archaeological site, adding that he now believes Kuehn may
have boarded a bus to another destination in the country.
"His health was generally good. He did however have an accident a few
years ago which resulted in him being confused at times," said Rev.
Mike Graves, one of two seminary professors leading a group of
American seminarians and church members around the country.
Graves explained that contrary to an earlier police report, Kuehn had
not suffered a stroke, "although his symptoms would resemble that.
Bottom line, he may not approach people for help."
Kuehn´s wife, Mary, and the other tour group members "are holding up
as best they can. She of course appreciates everyone´s love and
prayers," Graves added.
Graves asked readers of this story to post it on Facebook, adding
that he hoped it could help the search efforts.
Kuehn was last seen wearing a white shirt and khaki-colored pants. He
has white hair, and a hearing aid.
"We are very concerned about his well-being," said Dep.-Cmdr
Ofir. "The search continues." (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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