Gary Alan Warner
Warner, approximately 2011
Date reported missing : 11/14/2011
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 56 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6 - 5'8, 170 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored sweatpants.
Medical conditions : Warner suffers from schizophrenia. He also has a history of addiction, but had been clean and sober for eight years by the time of his disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Warner has tattoos on both arms and a scar on his right hand. He wears eyeglasses.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Warner was last seen in Mansfield, Ohio on the evening of November 14, 2011. He was riding his bicycle in the rain behind the former Ohio Brass building when a police officer attempted to stop him; there had been several scrap metal thefts in the area.
Warner fled on his bicycle, then jumped off of it and began running away. In the dark and the downpour he apparently didn't see the drop-off into Touby Run, a nearby creek which was running higher and faster than usual due to recent rains. The officer heard Warner cry out as he fell into the creek, but never actually saw him in the water.
Police walked along the banks of Touby Run, but didn't see any sign of Warner. Weather conditions at the time were too bad for divers or a police helicopter to search. Warner can't swim and is presumed to have drowned in the creek, but his body has never been recovered.
Other information and links : ncy
Mansfield Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Ohio Attorney General's Office
The Mansfield News-Journal
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