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Police search for missing Wood Village man

A resident of Village Manor in Wood Village remains missing six days after he apparently walked out of the long-term care facility sometime between 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16, and 7 a.m. Monday, March 17.

Donald Palmer, 71, was last seen during a staff walk-through around 5 p.m. at the 60-bed facility at Northeast Halsey Street and 238th Drive, according to sheriff's office and Village Manor officials.

Palmer, described as around 200 pounds, 5 feet 3 inches tall, with blue eyes and gray hair, is possibly wearing a dark blue button-down shirt, aqua-blue Dockers pants and black shoes similar to that shown in the accompanying picture.

Palmer has family in Carson, Wash., and has lived at Village Manor for about a year. He is described as independent and mobile, but he suffers from diabetes and might have slight dementia, sheriff's officials said, adding he may become combative if approached.

Police and Village Manor officials speculate he may be trying to get to Carson to see his family, but family members apparently have not heard from him.

'We have contacted all responsible parties,' said Rena Smith, assistant administrator of Village Manor. 'Everybody's on the lookout. We hope for the best.'

Palmer, who Smith said is 'not a frail person,' had made it clear he no longer wanted to live at the facility. Village Manor is secured, but residents are free to move about within its confines.

'We believe he left because he wanted to,' Smith said, adding that a missing or lost resident is extremely rare. 'We are very concerned about him.'

The sheriff's office asks anyone with information about Palmer to call 503-261-2847.