Dallas PD Asks For Public's Help Finding Mentally Ill Man Missing Since Last Week

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The man you see at right is Brandon Yerby. He is 22. And he has been missing since Thursday. That is why, moments ago, the Dallas Police Department sent out an endangered-person alert -- because the department's hoping that maybe you've seen him.

According to the police report, Yerby went missing from a foster home on Sleeth Street, near Marsalis and Ann Arbor, sometime Thursday afternoon. Says the report, he disabled the lock to a security gate and just walked right out -- which is no good, since Yerby "is diagnosed with Asperger's, bi-polar and mild mental retardation," per DPD's account. And Yerby's done this before: His foster parents reported him missing and told police "he has left before from previous foster caretakers."

Per DPD, he's "high-functioning" but in desperate need of his medication. Anyone with information is asked to call the Dallas Police Missing Persons Squad at (214) 671-4316 or (214) 671-4268.

Update at 2 p.m. Tuesday: Senior Corporal Gerardo Monreal, a DPD spokesman, reports today that "Endangered missing person Brandon Yerby was located at a friend's home yesterday afternoon."

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Dgould19
Dgould19

In reply to guest

When you get your family member back (and I'M SURE YOU WILL)  put your family member back in a State Assisted living center. Your family member will be much safer than in a group home and will get better medical care. I have worked both sides of that street.. If you wan't to talk to me and hear my reasoning reply to my post and leave a phone# 0r e-mail address.

Dgould19
Dgould19

The public and the families of the mantally retarded and mentally ill should expect a lot more problems like this as the state facilities move these people to group homes intoss the communities from the State run school where there were a lot of people watching these people to group homes where employees make 8$ an hour with no benifits. 

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

"...he's "high-functioning" but in desperate need of his medication"

So he's a Tea Party member, got it

Ruby-Aspie
Ruby-Aspie

If he is "mildly mentally handicapped" then he is not "high functioning" AND cannot have asperger's disorder, it's a violation aganist the diagnostic criteria as it clearly states that one with AS must have normal or above normal intelligence, this mentally ill man must have been diagnosed by a poorly qualified psychiatrist, I have asperger's and I am "high functioning."

rachel c
rachel c

Did you really post this? Please remember he does have family on here and one of them is a friend if mine. So please refrain from being an ass! Think about if this was one of your family members. Grow up before leaving comments and always remember the old saying "If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all...

Cindersary
Cindersary

This is my brother, unless you have had a family member go missing you will never know the anguish! Please refrain from negative and hurtful comments!!! Update! He was seen early Friday afternoon at DeSoto rec center!!!

Guest
Guest

Desperate need as in he will most likely die without it in the current weather from coming off of them jerk.

Stacy
Stacy

how do u have the nerve to diagnose someone from a news article....Unless u are a doctor and have his chart on your desk u have no right whatsoever to contradict anything that his DRs have said..

Rachel_callahan
Rachel_callahan

So I'm guessing you have a medical degree? In case you aren't aware every case is different just like every disease.

guest
guest

I am part of his family and his disorders were described correctly, perhaps you just don't know what your talking about.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

If it was MY family member, the LAST place I would be wasting time while he was missing is the freakin Observers comment section.

who are you?
who are you?

yeah, sorry, but you're gonna have to decide if you're living in america or a communist state. i don't agree with the above d-bag, but you ARE NOT going to censor one goddamned thing on any fucking public forum online. 

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

If it was MY family member, I'd be way too busy out looking for him to waste a single minute reading through the Observer's user comment section.

CRA
CRA

Guys and Gals, we wish the best for your family member, but this is a very political media outlet, and was not meant to be personal. He doesnt even know your family member or you. 

Ruby-Aspie
Ruby-Aspie

Sorry but Asperger's is not a disease, it's a neurological brain difference...

Ruby-Aspie
Ruby-Aspie

I know exactly what I'm talking about!  For all I know an Asperger's diagnosis by definition EXCLUDES people with intellectual disabilities, which are citizens who suffer from cognitive functioning that is significantly below average & have significant deficits in a few adaptive behaviours, most people with AS like myself meet most of their developmental milestones, so I would recommend that you persuade him to get re-evaluated by a proper qualfifed psychiatrist that deals with developmental disorders....

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Who lives in the Observer blog comments section?

Epm
Epm

Yea because you would never go home for 4-5 days in 104+ degrees weather right? Nice try...

Ruby-Aspie
Ruby-Aspie

You are correct about the fact that most people with AS do not have high IQ's, a few number may have "borderline intellectual disabilities" but your fact stating:

"many people with Asperger's also have mental retardation".

Dude...NO. >:

None of them are legally "mentally handicapped" and that fact of yours is what I classify as the most FRIVOLOUS I have ever seen in my whole life, plus it's unacceptable!

scottindallas
scottindallas

It seems that psychology doesn't have consistent definitions of these various mental conditions.  It's hard to control for consciousness and the interpretation of meaning--being utterly subjective and chimerical.  Medicine isn't a science, psychology is but a shadow of "medical science"

cp
cp

Ruby-Aspie is one of those "high functioner" snobs who naively (or have been led to mistakenly believe, whatever) that Asperger's is for highly special above-average people who do NOT, under any circumstances, come close having any remembrance to mere average or even below-average intellectual capabilities.

FACT: All people with Asperger's do not have high IQ's.

FACT: many people with Asperger's also have mental retardation.

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