An 81-year-old Cabarrus County man who was reported missing Monday was found dead in a creek near his home Tuesday.
The Cabarrus County Sheriffs Office said Johnny Jack Mooney suffered from Alzheimers. Authorities said they are investigating his death but that they dont suspect foul play.
Mooney apparently walked away from his home on Mount Pleasant Road South in Midland on Sunday or Monday, according to the Sheriffs Office.
A relative last saw him Sunday afternoon at Mooneys home, authorities said. But when a nurse arrived the next day, Mooney was gone.
On Monday, the N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a statewide Silver Alert for Mooney. Silver Alerts are issued when someone with dementia or a cognitive impairment goes missing.
Authorities said Mooney lived alone and walked daily, sometimes winding up in nearby Locust. They said he frequented a Walmart, Food Lion and Jims Barber Shop in Locust, as well as the Midland Feed Mill and the B&D Mart in Midland.
The Sheriffs Office said searchers found his body in a creek located north of his home around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.