UPDATED: Wyandotte Man Who Suffers from Schizophrenia Found Safe Tuesday

Jeffery Gale Harbin, who lives in a group home on Oak Street, went missing Saturday.

UPDATED 3:50 p.m.: Jeffery Gale Harbin was found safe and in good health Tuesday afternoon at . "Area hospitals had been checked during the weekend and there was no indication of him being hospitalized at that time, Wyandotte Police Chief Daniel Grant said.


A 53-year-old Wyandotte man who suffers from schizophrenia is missing.

Jeffery Gale Harbin, who lives at the Hill Support Service Group Home at 600 Oak St., was last seen on Saturday.

According to police, he left on his bicycle to eat breakfast at McDonald's, 3421 Biddle, and never returned.

"Mr. Harbin, who is schizophrenic, has been reported missing in the past, but has always returned to the home within several hours," said. "He left the home riding a large-framed red bicycle and officers checking the area of the restaurant have been unable to locate him. According to the group home personnel, Mr. Harbin is non-violent and has no known family or close friends."

Harbin is described as white, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing khaki pants, a grey and blue T-shirt, white shoes with a black and red insignia, and carrying a black backpack.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police at 734-324-4438.

Just Sayin! September 11, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Sad..to bad they didnt put the word out sooner..hoping for a safe return!
wanda collins September 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM
I don't know if something is missing in this story or what. The man went missing on Saturday and not found until Tuesday? He was at hfwh the whole time? The hospital couldn't contact police or someone the man was there? Not the first time, I went once looking for my brother and they told me he wasn't there, when indeed HE WAS. Talk about causing me panic! I swear, the right hand don't know what the left hand is doing over there. I am perplexed.
Jason Alley (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Hey, Wanda. According to police, "Area hospitals had been checked during the weekend and there was no indication of him being hospitalized at that time." It's not known when Jeffery arrived at the hospital. Federal privacy laws preclude the release of that kind of info.
Sheila Milkins White November 17, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Right Jason - as a former hospital social worker I know how difficult the privacy laws can be for families. I'd like to comment on the statement Chief Grant made. The man is not a schizophrenic- he is a man who HAS schizophrenia. He has a disease and is not the disease. I know it may sound picky to some but it means a lot to family members who have loved ones with this disease.


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