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Man with possible early stages of dementia missing; last seen in Yorktown

UPDATE 2:05 p.m., Jan. 29, 2020: Gary Powell has been found and is safe, according to police.


Police in Poquoson are asking the public for help in finding a 63-year-old man missing since Jan. 22.

Gary Leroy Powell was last seen at Pop’s Drive In at 6555 George Washington Memorial Highway in Yorktown around 7 p.m. that day, police said.

He was wearing a camouflage jacket and possibly a short sleeve polo shirt and khaki pants. Police said Powell does not have money on him and did not take his medications, and may be suffering from early stages of dementia.

Police said Powell may also be driving 1998 Honda Odyssey with Virginia license plates 2887PN.

He is about 6-foot tall, weighs 175 pounds and has brown hair and green eyes.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have seen Powell or know of his whereabouts to contact Poquoson Police Lt. James Fox at 757-868-3501, or email at

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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