Norman Richard Welsh
Missing since: July 19th, 1976
Year of birth: 1944
Age at disappearance: 31
Bio group: Caucasian
Eye colour: Blue
Hair: Short, straight brown
Height: 183 cm / 6 ft
Weight: 64 kg / 141 lb
Build: slender / thin
Teeth: slightly stained; has a two-tooth partial plate and is missing his front upper left tooth
Scar: on head
Last seen wearing: blue and grey checkered knitted pants, black and white shirt and slippers
Norman was vacationing with his mother before he went missing
In July 1976, Norman Richard Welsh was vacationing with his mother in Sturgeon Falls from St. Catharines, where they both lived. On July 18th, the Ontario Provincial Police located him walking on the highway near Sturgeon Falls. Concerned for his personal safety, police brought him to the local hospital, from where he was transferred to the former North Bay Psychiatric Hospital on Highway 11 North.
Norman was upset and demanded to be released, stating that he wished to go back home to St. Catharines. The next day, on July 19th, nursing staff escorted him outside between hospital buildings, from where he proceeded to walk eastbound towards a wooded area of the hospital grounds. Norman was last seen running towards the bush area.
At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing dark blue and grey checkered pants, a black and white checkered shirt and slippers. It is believed he had $14 in his possession.
Norman requires medication for epilepsy. He was known to have seizures and would have difficulty recovering from a seizure on his own.
At the time of his disappearance, North Bay Police and hospital staff conducted several searches of the hospital grounds.
They were unsuccessful in locating him.
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