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Mentally handicapped man missing from NW Indiana

Donald Oakes | The Porter County Sheriff’s Office

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a 52-year-old mentally handicapped man who went missing Friday afternoon from his home in Portage, Ind.

Donald Oakes was last seen near his home in the 400 block of Prescott Road at 4 p.m. He is known to walk the area, but not for an extended period of time, according to an at-risk missing person alert from the Porter County sheriff’s office.

Oakes is mentally handicapped due to a traumatic brain injury, according to the statement.

He is described as a 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-2, 200-pound white man with short salt-and-pepper hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans, a tan Carhartt jacket, black boots and possibly a black baseball cap.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the P0rter County Sheriff’s Office at (219) 477-3170.