Colorado deputies search for missing man

Family say he may have headed toward Taos County, suffers from Parkinson's

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Update: March 23, 5:26 a.m. A man suffering from Parkinson's remains missing, four days after he walked away from a group he was with in San Luis. 

Update: March 21, 10 a.m. Colorado law enforcement and searchers continue looking for a man with Parkinson's who disappeared Monday in San Luis and may have been headed for Taos. 

Costilla County law enforcement along with Alamosa Search and Rescue and family members are looking for Duane Lopez, 62, last seen Monday afternoon (March 19) about 12:35 p.m. in San Luis, Colorado. 

His family is worried about Lopez' safety and believe he might be headed south towards Taos. 

He has brown eyes, graying hair, weight about 170 pounds and was last seen wearing glasses, a navy blue zip-up coat, blue jeans and brown loafers.

Costilla County Undersheriff Rick Rodriguez confirmed law enforcement had searched for Lopez until about 2 a.m. Tuesday. They continued the search at daylight and were waiting for a K9 unit out of Denver to continue the search. He said there had been no sign of Lopez yet. 

A family friend , Jenna Burris, said they believe Lopez was headed south to Taos "because the group he was with was supposed to go last week and they didn't, so he was pretty disappointed."

Lopez, who has Parkinson's disease, was on an outing with a senior citizens group when he disappeared.

"He hasn't gone off by himself for a long time now," she said. "He gets disoriented and has begun to occasionally forget a little."

"He may be shy or confused but will answer to his name," according to a post on the Alamosa Search and Rescue Facebook page.

Lopez, who is from the La Jara area, was on foot. 

If found, call the sheriff's office, (719) 672-3302.

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