UPDATE: Senior Alert Canceled for Missing Man After Being Found Safe

UPDATE- 11/2/21 – The man has been found safe, state police say.


BEDFORD CO. – The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to locate a missing elderly male from the Forest area. 

Bernard Thomas, 77 yoa, B/M, 5’8”, 181 lbs., Brown Eyes, Gray Hair. He lives in the City of Lynchburg. 

He was last seen leaving the Thomas Jefferson Road area of Bedford County yesterday around 5pm driving a 1998 Toyota Avalon, green in color (similar to picture below) with Virginia Tag VND-4275. He was wearing the purple and black sweater in this picture with gray pants, a ball cap and a brown corduroy jacket with white wool around the neck and interior of the jacket. 

Mr. Thomas does not usually drive at night and takes medication for dementia, cholesterol and blood pressure. These medications have not been taken since Monday 11-29-2021. He is a former pilot and may visit airports to view planes. 

Anyone with any information or possible sightings is asked to call the Bedford Communications Center at 540-586-7827 immediately. Any other information can be given to Inv. Burnette.