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Elderly Detroit man who recently won lottery missing

Dec 29, 2014, 9:56 am

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Arthur Neal Jr. last seen morning of Dec. 20 at his home

By Todd Northrop

The Detroit Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding an 86-year-old man who was last seen earlier this month.

Arthur Weldon Neal Jr. was last seen at 8 a.m. Dec. 20 at his home in the 17200 block of Trinity Street, police said.

The granddaughter of the missing 86-year-old fears the worst after her grandfather disappeared nearly 10 days ago — about the same time he won a nearly $20,000 lottery jackpot.

Lawanda Marshall says her grandfather, a physically and mentally strong man who works in masonry, vanished about the time he went to collect the winnings and hasn't been seen or heard from since.

It's "totally unusual" that he would go this length of time without speaking to family members, she says.

"He has very good physical health and mental health," Marshall said, "not your typical old man at all."

Detroit police describe Neal as a black male, about 5-foot-7-inches tall, 160 pounds with a medium complexion, gray hair and a full beard and mustache. He drives a black 1998 Cadillac Deville, with a Michigan plate no. BMZ7786.

He lives alone.

Marshall, describing her grandfather as "awesome" and "joyful," hopes her worst suspicions about his disappearance are proven wrong.

Detroit police ask anyone with information about Neal to contact the department at 313-596-5640.

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