HALTOM CITY -- Earl Davis' heart medications are on his kitchen counter. A welcome wreath hangs on the front door of the 88-year-old's home on Glenda Street. And the Swisher Sweets cigars which he liked to chew remain in a box near his bed.
But the World War II Navy veteran hasn't been home since Oct. 7, when he drove to a convenience store to buy lottery tickets and never returned.
Authorities have received dozens of tips since two Silver Alerts were issued for the Haltom City grandfather. Dozens of fliers have been posted in his neighborhood and surrounding cities.
Acquaintances, friends and relatives have also searched numerous creek beds and pastures as far away as Parker County in search of Davis and his white 1996 Oldsmobile 98.
Davis was seen going the wrong way on an Airport Freeway access road on the night he vanished, and relatives say he was at a Five A.M. Doughnuts in Weatherford the next day, asking for directions to Haltom City.
A few days later, some of his relatives believed that Davis was the victim of foul play, but Haltom City police have no evidence of that.
"My opinion is that someone robbed him because he always carried cash," said Derrell Davis of North Richland Hills, one of Davis' sons. "I just don't believe he got lost."
But more than a month since his disappearance, and despite a $10,000 reward, no other clues about what happened to "GrandDad" Davis have surfaced.
"It's all bizarre," said Ashley Craig of Weatherford, his granddaughter. "I just don't know what could have happened to him."
He had never wandered off or gotten lost before, relatives say. But Davis, who has a heart condition and a bad hip, suffers from depression and on occasion gets confused.
The majority of elderly residents who go missing are suffering from dementia, commonly Alzheimer's disease.
"It takes only a moment of not being lucid, and confusion takes over," said Susanna Luk-Jones of the Alzheimer's Association North Central Texas Chapter in Fort Worth.
Davis was born in Gunter, near Sherman, and has spent more than 60 years in Tarrant County. He and his wife, Wanda, were together for more than 55 years, raising two boys and two girls. Davis was a union steward for more than 40 years at General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin.
Wanda Davis had Alzheimer's and died in 2005.
But Davis continued with his life. He read the Star-Telegram every day and took care of his cat, Spooky, his cockatiel, Billy Jack, and his dog, Scooter.
Last year, doctors told Davis that arteries near his heart were blocked, but he decided not to have surgery.
"The doctors said that at his age they didn't know if he would be able to lead the same lifestyle that he had been living with the surgery," said his daughter Terry Craig of Fort Worth. "He decided not to take a chance."
For months, Davis' routine included driving to Larry's 7 & 10 every evening to buy lottery and scratch-off tickets, winning a couple of times on the scratch-offs.
His picture was even posted at Larry's after one of his winnings.
On the evening of Oct. 7, Davis drove to Walgreen's on Broadway Avenue near his home, bought some medications and returned. Relatives found a receipt from that purchase at the house.
A physical therapist arrived to treat Davis at about 7 p.m. and left about 30 minutes later.
Davis then drove to Larry's and bought his lottery ticket. Relatives talked to a clerk who remembered seeing Davis drive away that night.
Relatives and police also said his bank account has not been accessed and his credit card has not been used.
"We just want him back," Derrell Davis said. "There needs to be some type of closure."
Davis is about 5-foot-4 and about 185 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a blue button-down shirt, jeans and black leather shoes.
His car has Texas license plates 8FHYZ.
"By now, you would think someone would have seen his car or him," Terry Craig said. "Right now, I just have a big empty spot in my life."
Anyone with information is asked to call Haltom City police at 817-222-7071.
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