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Silver Alert remains for missing Overland Park man

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Police and a worried family are asking for help in finding a missing Overland Park man.

David Lee Dotson, 66, went missing from his home last Thursday morning. Dotson is a diabetic and without his medication.

His wife, Claire, is worried that he is disoriented, and his health could be in danger.

In many cases like this, police are able to track someone down by pinging their cell phone. Unfortunately, that is not possible in this case because his phone is shut off.

"I called everybody. I thought he would have contact with the people where he hunts, where he fishes and one of his brothers, and no one has seen him," Claire Dotson said.

The couple have been married for 27 years now, and she says he wouldn't just disappear without telling her where he was going.

David Dotson has been gone four days, and his wife is trying to stay calm.

"I'm OK ... not really. I could fall apart at night. But I have a lot of good family," she said.

The last time Claire Dotson saw her husband was at their Overland Park home. He fixed her breakfast and a sack lunch, like he does every day. But when she returned home from work, he was gone.

"So I thought maybe he went fishing, and so I wasn't worried really. Then he didn't show up, so I thought maybe he decided to fish overnight. But he would have called, and he didn't. So Friday morning, I was worried."

David Dotson is believed to be driving his 2004 red Toyota Highlander with a Kansas Tag of 328-CGM. Nothing is missing from their home, and no credit cards have been used. The family doesn't believe foul play was involved, but their missing loved one could still be in danger.

"He does not have his medication with him. He doesn't have the insulin and without the insulin he can become very disoriented and possibly go into a coma," the missing man's wife said.

But Claire Dotson isn't losing hope. She knows family, friends and even strangers at some of the places where he loves to go fishing are keeping an eye out for him.

"He goes around the Lacyene area fishing, and those people there called and a lot people down there looking in those spots. If just the citizens will make the call we can find him. I know we can," she said.

Someone at a festival in Halstead, KS, called police to report they saw someone that matched his description. Police have searched that area with no luck.

Authorities believe he might be wearing blue jeans, a yellow polo-style shirt, gray tennis shoes and glasses.

Anyone with information about Dotson's location is asked to call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300.

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