Update: Elderly Des Plaines Man Found Safe

William L. Robinson, 81, may have been driving around all night in a disoriented state, the sheriff's office said.



An elderly Maine Township man who was last seen on Tuesday and may have been disoriented due to not taking some heart medication, was found at his Maine Township residence by a Cook County detective at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.

William L. Robinson, 81, of unincorporated Maine Township near Des Plaines, was last seen driving his white pickup truck to a grocery store at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, said Frank Bilecki, spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office asked for the public’s help to locate Robinson on Wednesday morning, after Robinson’s family contacted them.

“The family didn’t notify us until this morning, only because he’s done this before and always turned up,” Bilecki said.

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While a Cook County detective was on his way to one of Robinson’s former employer’s office to look for him, Bilecki said, he went past Robinson’s house and noticed his white pickup truck was there.

“He had been driving all night long, lost,” Bilecki said.

Bilecki said Robinson passed a driving test two weeks ago, but he would be retested immediately.

Robinson lives with his wife, who has Alzheimer’s, Bilecki said, and was likely home for only a minute or two before the Cook County detective arrived.

“She seemed excited as well that he was home,” Bilecki said.


Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart is asking for public support in helping find a missing Des Plaines person who has a heart condition but stopped taking his medication and can become confused as to his whereabouts. He was last seen yesterday afternoon when he left his residence near Des Plaines in Unincorporated Maine Township. 

William L. Robinson is a white, male, 81-years-old, with a fair complexion. He is 6’1” and weighs approximately 170 pounds. He has brown eyes with gray hair and wears glasses. 

Robinson left his family residence en-route to his local grocery store driving a 2002 white, Ford F-150 pick-up truck. He was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, a gray sweater, blue sweatpants and white gym shoes. 

Anyone with information is asked to immediately call the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department Communications Center at (847) 635-1188 .

Lois A. MacAdam February 21, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Thank God that he and his wife are okay. These things should always be reported right away because one never knows what may happen to someone, especially an elderly person on medication. Just because he's always shown up before doesn't mean he will this time. Thanks, also, to the Sheriff's Department who thought to look at his home.
MIKE February 22, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Why wasn't this fellow taking his medication?
Rich Schrenzel March 12, 2013 at 03:29 AM
I believe Mr. Robinson was my history teacher in 1972. He was the best teacher I had at Niles North. I wish him well. Rich Schrenzel


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