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Missing Arlington man possibly spotted in surveillance video

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George Nicholson went missing yesterday. George Nicholson went missing yesterday.
Nicholson was last seen leaving for Tunica, but he never arrived there. Nicholson was last seen leaving for Tunica, but he never arrived there.

(WMC-TV) - The search continued Friday for an elderly Arlington man who went missing after he left home to visit a Tunica casino.

Officials said George Nicholson, 82, of Arlington, left his residence at 2915 Harrell Road on Wednesday morning to visit Horseshoe Casino in Tunica.

After initial television broadcasts Thursday night that detailed Nicholson's disappearance, investigators with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received tips that said Nicholson had stopped and asked for directions to the Horseshoe.

According to investigators, a man that stopped at a business on Millbranch Road asking for directions to Tunica appears to be Mr. Nicholson on surveillance footage.

Additional reports indicated that Nicholson stopped again on Third Street in Memphis asking for directions. 

One viewer told investigators he believes he saw Nicholson, who appeared to be lost, around 5:00 p.m. Thursday driving northbound on I-55 near Hernando in his red pickup truck.

Friday, investigators said they believe Nicholson may be wandering the roadways lost and confused, and asked attendants at fuel stations and rest areas to pay special attention to any red pickup trucks or elderly customers asking for directions.

Family members have not seen or heard from Nicholson since Wednesday, and according to investigators, there is no evidence to indicate he ever arrived in Tunica.

"He doesn't do it often, but he enjoys it once in a while," said May Nicholson.

May Nicholson said she became worried when her husband's red pickup truck was not back in the garage Wednesday night.

"I'm hoping he hasn't run off in a ditch somewhere and they can't see the truck," she said.  "But it being bright red, maybe they would see it."

One of the couple's sons has already been to Tunica twice searching for his father.

George Nicholson, who is in the early stages of dementia, does not have a cell phone.  May Nicholson said his driving is not generally affected.

"He loves that truck and to get in and go where he wants to, she said.  "You don't really have the heart to take it away from him."

George Nicholson is six feet tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue and white short-sleeved checkered shirt, blue jeans, and a camouflage hat.

He is driving a red 2005 GMC Sierra pickup with Tennessee Tag #779JLP.  The passenger side mirror is broken and held together with black tape.

If anyone has seen Nicholson or his vehicle, they are asked to contact the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at 901-465-3456.

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