Article about Garrett Hughes

I found this article about Garrett Hughes, who’s been missing from Georgetown, South Carolina for seven years this month. Hughes was disabled from a head injury. He had seizures and memory loss, was partially paralyzed and couldn’t walk far. He lived in an assisted living facility.

Actually, there were several articles on this case, but the Georgetown Times one is the most detailed and has some quotes from Garrett’s brother. His brother believes another resident of the assisted living facility, who had a car, may have taken Garrett somewhere on the day of his disappearance.

I doubt Garrett is still alive. But he could, I suppose, be living in an institution in another state as a John Doe, or he could be homeless in some city. I wish he would turn up.

5 thoughts on “Article about Garrett Hughes

  1. Princess Shantae November 17, 2010 / 11:29 am

    If a person needs to be in assisted living, why do they still keep their car and are allowed to just take off in it?

    • Meaghan November 17, 2010 / 11:57 am

      It says in the article that he kept the car at a girlfriend’s house cause the assisted living place wouldn’t let him keep it there.

      I imagine a lot of people in assisted living facilities can still drive. Being in need of assisted living doesn’t necessarily mean you’re incompetent or a complete vegetable.

  2. LBF November 17, 2010 / 2:52 pm

    Many assisted living facilities do allow for vehicles for to parked on their premises. But at the least, the people living in those apartments/facilities are allowed to go and come of their own free will, which makes it that much harder to track them when they have disappeared. It’s basically like apartment living, but that it’s restricted to the elderly and disabled (mentally and physically) among us.

    Some of the better run assisted living facilities do have regulations on how long ‘guests’ can stay with clients (no more than two weeks or the ‘guest’ gets evicted) and some facilities have social service staff that do regularly check on the welfare of their assisted living residents. Many assisted living residents do still have jobs, or are receiving partial to full assistance from the state — which means that they are easy prey for anyone who wants to take advantage of them financially.

  3. Princess Shantae November 17, 2010 / 8:09 pm

    All the same we have enough incompetent drivers on the road already.

    • J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. November 17, 2010 / 8:29 pm

      Agreed, Princess. One wonders about those in need of care being urged to be overly mobile.

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