A Carrollton Man Took His Grandkids to the Mall and Accidentally Wound Up in Kentucky (Updated)

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Update on October 2: William Gomez and his two children have been found safe in Wisconsin.

Original post: William Gomez drove away in his family's white Jeep at about 2 p.m. Sunday with his two grandkids, 7-year-old Marcus and 8-year-old Dominique, ostensibly headed for Carrollton's Rhoton Park or Lewiville's Vista Ridge Mall.

Family members haven't seen them since. They contacted police that night after the trio failed to return home.

Carrollton PD issued an alert on its Facebook page, but it soon became apparent the kids probably weren't going to turn up locally. Early Monday morning, Gomez' debit card was used in Little Rock, Arkansas. That afternoon, it was in Troy, Tennessee. Still later, and still further from home, surveillance video showed him buying kids' underwear from a Sears store in Paducah, Kentucky.

Police say that Gomez never meant to wander out of state with the kids.

"Mr. Gomez has a medical illness that causes memory loss, so we're very concerned for him and also for the children," Carrollton PD spokeswoman Nicole Rodriguez told NBC 5.

His wife, Maria Gomez, tells CBS 11 that he stays home most of the time as a result.

"He had a tumor 10 or 12 years ago, and that's the cause of his buildup of the fluid in his brain. And once in a while he gets like this," she said. "Most of the time, he's OK."

For now, he's not, which has family members worried. Family members suspect he might be driving to New Jersey, where he was raised. But he asked the Sears clerk in Kentucky for directions back to Dallas. Maria Gomez doubts he'll follow them.

"He's stubborn that way. Even though he may think he's lost, he'll keep driving straight," she told WFAA.

Update at 12:11 p.m.: Make that Chicago:


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9 comments
julie1310
julie1310

"Wisconson", huh?

/spelling snark

roo_ster
roo_ster

Had to square away a neighbor who pulled a similar stunt after his TBI.  And by "neighbor" I mean he and his wife live 1/2 mile away in another neighborhood altogether.  Poor guy got off his usual walking route and got lost.  Thank the Lord I was working in the front yard and was able to get him sat down and looked through his wallet for any phone numbers.  Finally contacted his wife and she came and picked him up.

barnes.ann
barnes.ann

Get him a cell phone with GPS tracker

tdkisok
tdkisok

Tip: Don't let your kids go on a trip to the mall with a guy who has memory issues. 

ruddski
ruddski

Maybe that's how I ended up here on the coast of Maine. But actually, I blame the beer.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I doubt this man is a danger to his grandchildren, but I hope they get back home soon.  The poor old soul must need a lot more care than the family realizes.

ruddski
ruddski

He could have ended up in some liberal war zone like Detroit or Chicago.

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